Updated 4/29 at 2:45pm - Recording Now Available!
We hope you'll join us for our final We Foster Challenge Huddle! Wednesday, April 27th at 11am PT, we'll be joined by our host @Kelly Clardy and our guest speakers @Jorge Ortega of Guilford County Animal Services, @Alexandra Furr of Nashville Humane Association and @Holly Faccenda of Kitsap Humane Society. They will be discussing the final two welcoming practices which include:
Foster program supports the community by being inclusive of all dogs and cats in the organization's care• Program supports people and pets through behavior foster, medical foster, fospice and underage puppy and kitten foster• Organization offers a variety of foster programs (i.e. - long term, overnights, weekend, field trips) so all community members can help• Adoptable animals are included in program and foster volunteers are empowered to serve as Adoption AmbassadorsandOrganization creates partnerships with other community groups• Local social services organizations help promote fostering services to prevent surrender• Program is promoted and fosters are recruited through local businesses/organizations (i.e. - senior care facilities, universities, small businesses, corporate partnerships)• Local ordinances encourage program accessibility (i.e. - eliminating home visits, ownership laws, mandatory classes)If you haven't registered for any of the huddles yet, you can do so here: http://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcOCgpzsjHdBwJJjQMRKlGmTYFewmVOeeNeed to catch up on previous huddles? All huddles are available to watch and share on this YouTube playlist:
We maintain roughly 18 human service partnerships in Davidson Co. with these partnerships continuing to grow in effort to preserve and celebrate the human-animal bond with our Temporary Care crisis fostering program providing up to 90 days of fostering support for crises such as transitional homelessness due to fleeing domestic violence, loss of income, change in family status, house fire, flooding, natural disaster and hospitalization/rehabilitation with planned dates for entry and exit.
Our human services are largely advocacy groups supporting those experiencing homelessness and domestic violence however also include mental health organizations, veteran affairs, local food banks, shower mobiles, lgbt+ advocacy groups and more.
Welcome Home, a program that works in conjunction with Temporary Care and provides pet deposit support, pet food and pet supplies to those newly housed, is only available to our Temporary Care families and pet families referred through HMIS participating agencies and on the partner end, offers bulk pet food and supplies to emergency/transitional shelters to increase cohousing efforts in Davidson Co. with all winter shelters able to accept pets due to these partnerships.
We became an HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) participating agency at the beginning of this year after being approved by a committee of human service organizations and agencies and this allows us to refer our clients to rapid re-housing, Section 8 vouchers, Connector Cards, Urban Housing Solutions and more while also ensuring we are connected with local advocacy groups and human services so to meet both ends of the leash - exploring what resource gaps exist for our clients, who can we work with to fill these gaps and who is filling the gaps if they are being filled!
To foster for Temporary Care, you must be 18+ within an hour's drive of Davidson Co. and have a passion for keeping pets with the families who love them! We supply our fosters with everything they need to have the most fulfilling experience possible with vetting, pet food, pet supplies, behavior and training guidance, updates on the family they're supporting where applicable and photos of reunited families provided along the way! We are proud to have fosters from all walks of life, with fosters specific to Temporary Care seven dozen and growing, this phenomenal network of fosters often spreading the word when needs arise and playing a great hand in our families' reunions and success thereafter - This truly being a community effort, supporting our community through our community!