Fosters

AGAPE PET VET

CAREGIVER TRAINING CENTER

Giving ALL Pet Caregivers Free¹ (¹free with a donation to AGAPE PET VET CAREGIVER TRAINING CENTER) pet care training!

 

One Foster Parent – One Fur-Baby

(This is our ultimate goal. However, we will need the help of 100’s if not 1000’s of Foster Parents!)

Educating pet care-givers in order to give the fur babies the best possible lives!

Which is stronger & better; a shelter with 100 animals or 100 fosters with one animal?

Litters will count as one but they will be divided into individual fosters at 8 weeks and the mother will be spayed. This allows for better training and Human socialization. The homes they go to will be the Foster-to-Adopt Homes (if available).

 Any organization is welcome to use this as the format for their rescue-foster-adoption programs. We can even show existing Shelters and Rescues how they can convert their facility/organization into one of our Training Centers and you’ll be able to help upwards to 100 times as many animals as you can now. Email us at: info@p-ahs.org

Goals:

  • To create a network of Educated/Certified volunteers/Pet caregivers that are dedicated to creating an organization that is 100% helping pets get the best care and find and STAY in forever homes!

 

Purposes:

  • Free¹ with a tax deductible donation to Agape Pet Vet Caregiver Training Centers and, when the Agape Kosmos Foundation has enough funding, Veterinary Clinics/Hospitals for the foster animals.
    • The volunteers will range from Foster Parents to Pet Owners (Pet Adoptive Parents) to veterinarians who will all provide training in total care; everything from groomer training to behavior training to preventive medicine trainin
    • Provide help to the Foster Parents/Training Center Volunteers as prinicipals of the Mutual Benefit Corporation-A Paw And A Prayer Dog Rescue
  • The training centers will range from
    • Behavior Training and Counseling to
    • Grooming/House Call Grooming to
    • Veterinary Care Training
  • Eventually veterinary clinics/hospitals
    • House Call Clinics
    • Neighborhood Wellness Clinics providing preventative medicine to caregiver pets
    • Veterinary Hospitals supplying surgery and dental care to caregiver pets (we are looking for a sponsor to create our first one)
    • Specialty/Emergency Clinics/Hospitals supply specialty and emergency care to our caregivers pets.

Policies:

  • Every pet will be micro-chipped on intake (if they are not already micro-chipped) and that chip number will be entered into the computer record.
  • ALL money transactions will be recorded on the computer AND on the adoption form that will be signed by both the adoptive parent AND the volunteer and then it will be scanned and attached to the record along with the deposit slip that contained the deposit if it was cash.
  • All services and treatments will be documented in a computer record that will accompany the pet throughout its stay in the organization and will be made available to the adoptive parent.
    • All documents (IE Rabies Certificates, Adoption Agreements, Etc) will be scanned and attached to the records
  • All Caregivers, both internal as well as adoptive, will have to meet minimal criteria related to competency and responsibility
  • All training center services will be available for any pet caregiver, regardless of pet OR owner’s age or condition. So, ultimately, the foster parent/pet caregiver/pet adoptive parent will get the best training on giving the pet the best care possible and getting/having a forever home that is as close to perfect as possible regardless of the social-economic status of the pet caregiver. All services will be free with a donation to A PAW AND A PRAYER DOG RESCUE.
    • Each training center will be run by a Caregiver Supervisor.
      • The Caregiver Supervisor supervisor will be responsible for training foster parents as well as adopters and the general public in the Caregiver Training Center.
      • The Caregiver Supervisor will be a Certified Foster Parent and they will supervise a Care-giving Team

EVENTUALLY, BUT NOT UNTIL WE HAVE AN ORGANIZATION OF FOSTER PARENTS LARGE ENOUGH TO ENFORCE: 

  • Certified Foster Parents – they must have had their home inspected by one of our Caregiver Supervisors. They also must study at one of our Caregiver Training Centers and pass a test on responsible pet ownership for the species they wish to foster and agree to follow our policies. They will sign the Certified Foster Parent agreement.
    • WE ARE LOOKING INTO CREATING A FOSTER PARENT/ADOPTIVE PARENT/PET OWNER TRAINING CENTER AT 6520 VAN NESS ROAD IN CHATTANOOGA WHERE ALL CLASSES/COURSES/DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE FREE WITH A DONATION TO A PAW AND A PRAYER DOG RESCUE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
      • This will be the flagship organization which will train Certified Foster Parents, Certified Caregivers as well as Caregiver Supervisors.
    • WE ARE LOOKING TO CREATE 4 ADDITIONAL TRAINING CENTERS IN THE CHATTANOOGA AREA; ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING THE ANIMALS AND PEOPLE TO HAVE AN AFFORDABLE OPTION TO QUALITY PET CARE? Email us at bob@apawandaprayer.org
  • Foster parent in training – our Certified Foster Parents will train and help you to create the correct environment for our foster babies. They will help you to study for and then test you on responsible pet ownership for the species you wish to foster. If you own, (when funds become available) we will even put in fences for your foster pet to play in! If you rent we will help you to get an invisible fence.
  • WE CAN USE YOUR OWN PET IN ANY OF THE COURSES; SO YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR THEM AS WELL AS ANY FOSTER PETS IN YOUR CARE! So, the foster parent/caregiver in training will have to agree to use their own animals for training purposes.
  • Maximum number of pets in house to foster our animals (you can have more and we will train you; but, until it gets under the maximum you will only be able to care for more in an emergency situation, IE natural disaster):
    • 2 dogs if yard not fenced – DOGS MUST BE UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES WHEN THEY ARE OUTSIDE!
    • 1 dog/2 rooms in house if yard fenced
    • 1 cat/2 rooms
    • If you rent we must have a letter signed by the landlord giving you permission to foster
  • All resident cats in the foster parent household are Inside only cats and they must be current on all vaccinations and tested for FeLV and AIDS. If positive for either, we can make you a special needs parent for cats with FeLV or AIDS.
  • Foster Parents will be responsible for:
    • ALL foster parents are required to go through a refresher course on veterinary preventative healthcare at least once a year
      • All training sessions will be free with a donation to AGAPE PET VET CAREGIVER TRAINING CENTER and you are welcome to use your own pets for the training sessions.
    • Getting their Fur-babies to our clinics to our Training Center if they have any medical issue(s) arise.
      • Getting them spayed/neutered and getting any medical and/or surgical issues treated by a veterinarian if there is no Training Courses available for the issue.
    • Behavior training, IE house training, leash training (even for toy breeds (NOT CATS:-))
    • Promoting their Fur-Baby and finding and vetting their forever home.
      • Deciding on a Suggested Donation for the pet and educating the Adoptive Parent on how our Mutual Benefit organization works
    • Recruiting more foster parents, hooking them up with your Training Supervisor (yourself if a trained supervisor) and mentoring them through their Emergency Foster Parent or Certified Foster Parent certification program.

Classes of Foster Parents (RELATED TO WEIGHTED DISTRIBUTION OF MUTUAL BENEFITS)

  • Training Center Supervisor
  • Foster-4-Forever Parent – This class is good for people on fixed income, retirees worried about dying or going someplace that won’t accept pets. Or if you just need help taking care of your pets.
  • Foster-to-Adopt parent (NOT ELIGIBLE FOR MUTUAL BENEFITS) – Do a trial run with your baby
  • Foster as a vocation – Not only can you help the animals but it can be used to supplement you income.
  • Foster as a mission – You just want to help with no Mutual Benefit distributions
  • Special Needs Fosters – Behavior Problems; Feline Leukemia; Feline AIDS; Heart worms; etc, etc, etc If there’s a problem we’ll provide the solution!
  • Emergency Foster Parent (WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR MUTUAL BENEFITS *ONLY* IF THEY PARTICIPATE IN A MINIMUM OF 10 HOURS PER WEEK VOLUNTEERING AT THE TRAINING CENTER) – Available to the general public if they surrender their pet to APR we will make them the CONDITIONAL Foster Parent/Guardian in training for the pet. This allows us to treat them in our facilities. We hope eventually you will become a Certified Foster Parent or perhaps a Training Center Supervisor some day!
  • Adoption (free with a donation to APAAPDR) – Use this option if you don’t want to be eligible for Free Care. As long as they continue to be one of our foster pets we can help you take care of them.

Being a Foster Parent

1) The first and most important step in the program is to get trained and get your home up to our standards.

2) The next is choosing your fur-baby foster.

Dogs – use our Breed selection test and our puppy selection test.

Cats – -Use this test to rate the Cat/Kitten you are fostering/choosing to foster: Cat selection test (use this test to pick the physical/behavior traits of the kitty you are choosing or the kitty you are fostering to match with the adoption parent)

    Already have/know your future fur-baby; try our foster-to-adopt program.

This gives the adopter the ability to test run a dog to see if the dog or cat is right for their family. And when you decide to adopt the dog, you make a donation to APAAPDR for whatever you can joyfully give to support our Mutual Benefit Non-Profit Corporation. If it is not the right pet for you all we require is that you find someone else to foster-adopt your fur baby.

Our Foster-To-Adopt Parents that choose a different Forever Home can keep the adoption donation (what they can joyfully give) minus expenses as a Mutual Benefit distribution. The foster parent is allowed to have one pet returned to our foster program but if it happens a second time they loose the ability to foster or foster-to-adopt from A PAW AND A PRAYER DOG RESCUE. We want you to match your Fur-Baby to the adoption family carefully.

All adoptive parents have the option to become Certified Foster Parents who will be eligible for Mutual Benefit Distributions.

Finding someone to Rabies vaccinate/spay/neuter your fur-baby.

GET ONLINE TRAINING OR ATTEND ONE OF OUR PET CAREGIVER TRAINING CENTERS AND LEARN HOW TO DO YOUR OWN PREVENTATIVE PET HEALTH CARE. All of our Training Centers will teach Patient/Client oriented medicine which will include Alternative Medicine. We are in the process of creating Training Center however, eventually our facilities will range from the small neighborhood Training Center, operated by a Certified Caregiver-Supervisor to Veterinary Medical/Surgical/Dental Facilities and finally, to full service specialty hospitals staffed by licensed/boarded veterinarians that will also provide emergency care.

The larger facilities will have an Adoption Center Day Care where the foster parents can bring their fosters to facilitate their adoption and give them play time to further develop healthy social interaction.

  • If an adoptive family decides to return the pet; the foster parent, if applicable, will try to find a solution to the reason they are returning the pet by attending classes at the Training Center. If they can’t they try to find it a new home while we try to get the pet a new foster parent.
    • The foster parent is allowed to have one pet returned to our foster program within 1 month of its adoption. But if it happens a second time the foster parent may loose the ability to foster or foster-to-adopt from P-AHS. We want you to match your foster to the adoption family carefully.

A vital part of the rescue process is fostering. A foster parent fulfills an integral role by providing the initial safe and secure environment for a rescued dog. By taking in a newly rescued dog or cat you can save one more pet from our area shelters and other local sources. During the transition phase from shelter to home, rescued dogs require emotional support. A foster parent must provide a nurturing atmosphere that includes shelter, exercise, and most importantly, love. It takes a special person who can provide all of this for a rescued dog or cat and then give them up when a permanent home is found. You, however, will be the one choosing where your baby will go. You will help in all aspect of their care, from pick-up to adoption. And most important of all, you will take pictures and promote your foster dog to help find his/her their forever home. Foster parents will be responsible for placing rescued dogs in appropriately matched homes. By observing their fostered dog’s specific personality traits, we gather essential information necessary for placing each dog in the right home.

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