I have fostered for the Arizona Humane Society four times in the past year and it is very rewarding but be prepared to deal with constant confusion. The staff for foster families is not good at communicating with each other and are always contradicting themselves. Although I try to be understanding because they have a really high turnover and dont pay them very much.
Best Way to a Homeless Pet Without a Long-Term Commitment - 2010
The Foster Care Program at the Arizona Humane Society
9226 N. 13th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021
The Arizona Humane Society has a long history of wrongly killing cats who have loving owners. Just last year they killed a deployed soldiers cat "by accident"... he had left the animal with them as part of their Operation Active Duty (a program that arranges foster care for active duty military personnel) and they "confused" it with another animal, and killed it. I also think it was last year that they fired the stars of their Animal Planet show Animal Cops Phoenix (Staci and AJ) for breaking a cats neck on purpose. What I don't understand is they are so quick to confiscate peoples pets and press animal cruelty charges on the people of phoenix, but they have no internal repercussions for the same acts committed by their staff.
I have been a foster parent for almost two years now, and I can't begin to tell you how much joy it has brought us in our lives. There were a couple of sad stories to tell along the way, but they only made me more determined to help as many animals as I could squeeze into my life. I have fostered dogs, puppies, cats and kittens and they are all loving and special to my entire family. I have weakend and adopted two of them myself, but I am still able to foster others. It's a very satisfying activity which keeps me looking forward to the next animal that I am able to help.
As a new foster/volunteer for the AZ Humane Society, I can't urge people enough to get involved with this organization and foster/volunteer if you have the time to do so. You will be rewarded by knowing that you were instrumental in saving a life. Sure it's hard to bring them back, but for each one I foster and bring back another little pup/dog, cat/kitten can be saved. No words can describe seeing the transformation from a sick, injured/abused animal to a healthy, happy, playful one that can learn to trust and love again. Animals are more resilient than we give them credit for and to know that I helped turn them around (with the help of AHS of course!) in such a short period of time, it is the most gratifying feeling!
Thank you for recognizing the AHS Foster program. We have fostered over 130 dogs and puppies and every pooch is loved and adored. It truly is a wonderful feeling to help animals in need.
Thanks for recognizing those of us who do this care. It is sometimes challenging(especially letting them go!) but most rewarding when you see them healthy and happy as a result of your joint care with AHS's amazing vets and staff. Join us, please, as there can never be too many foster parents
As a foster for Arizona Humane I love to see our name in print and hear stories about being a foster I have been for 6 years and my cats & dogs go bonkers also without some one to care for it is pure joy.