Foster and Special Needs Animals
We believe that a major concern that every animal hobbyist shares, is the issue of animal abandonment and the desire to help animals in need. Not only do we want to see any animal homeless, we truly feel that breeders have an obligation to all the animals they raise and need to do whatever they can that will help prevent any animal from being abandoned.
When our schedule permits, we open our home to 2 or 3 healthy, small pets that would otherwise be homeless. Occasionally, if we have the space and time we take in animals that are need of permanent homes and keep them until a permanent home can be found for them.
Most, come to us from people who for many reasons, can no longer adequately care for their pet. Some come from people who have lost interest & have outgrown their pet. Occasionally, they come to us from breeders who are looking to get out of breeding hobby. Others come in from shelters, rescues or veterinarian clinics who lack the experience or facilities to properly care for these pets.
We never knowingly take in sick or injured animals! We recommend that if your animal is sick contact your veterinarian. If, you cannot afford to take it to a veterinarian then you might want try contacting your local Humane Society. Maybe they can help.
We require that the person surrendering the pet to us, to sign ta surrender form indicating that “to the best of his or her knowledge this animal is in apparent good health” at the time it is being surrendered. We also ask them to provide us with as much history on the pet as possible so that we can pass on the information to their new caregiver.
We have a very strict protocol in place when we choose which animals we use for breeding, therefore, because we do not have a verifiable, history on most of the animals that come to us to be fostered, it would not be a wise choice to include any of these animals to our breeding program. We will not be is a position to keep the animals that we take in, permanently but we will keep them for however long as it takes to find them a suitable, permanent home.
Every animal that we take in is quarantined prior to offering them to new homes. While in quarantine they are dewormed and treated with a topical flea and mite treatment. They are given a proper, healthy diet and they are monitored and assessed for behavioral issues. If an animal appears well adjusted and seem okay to leave they are placed in foster.
While an animal is in our care, if we feel that it is in medical distress and needs veterinary care we will see to it that it gets the care it needs and that it remains in our care until it is in good health, before re-homing it.
We will never knowingly sell or place any animal that we feel may not adapt to a new home unless we discuss this in detail leaving this huge decision for the purchaser to decide if this is an issue that they are willing to deal with.
Small animals can be ruff and play hard with each other while they are in still in the nest. We often see animals brought in foster with missing toes, damaged eyes, tattered ears, tails, etc. Usually, by the time we see them, the wounds are completely healed but sometimes they are left with a battle scar. If these injuries have not healed, we will not accept the animal - it needs veterinary care! But if the battle wound has totally healed and the animal functions normally if we can, we may accept it into foster/special needs. If we do we will point this out by identifying it as a ‘Special Needs’ pet on our website and we will discuss this in more detail with the purchasers prior to allowing it to go to a new home.
Special needs pets, even if it is the sweetest pet imaginable, are the hardest animals to find good homes. This is possibly because most people want their pets to look perfect, but not to worry, sooner or later every animal we take in eventually finds a home.
All Foster/Special Needs animals must be picked up in person, at our home and are not eligible for shipping or delivery. Before making your decision, we want you to interact with it first !
Prices for Foster animals are very reasonable. This fee seldom covers the cost we incur (for the food, bedding, deworming, flea/mite control, etc.) while the animal is with us, but it helps. The fees do vary somewhat, depending on the needs of the species.
If you think that you might, consider purchasing a pet in foster or a special needs pet in the near future, you are welcome to feel out a Special Request / Waiting list form (link is at the top of this page) and we will keep that on file.
We do not believe in giving away free animals. (So, don’t bother asking.)