What support does Rabbit Advocates offer foster homes?
Rabbit Advocates wants you to be a successful foster volunteer, and we understand that it takes many resources to support our foster homes. We are here to help you care for your foster rabbits and find them forever homes. The Foster Application spells out all the details of how Rabbit Advocates supports foster homes. Below are some of the many ways we support our foster volunteers:
Rabbit Advocates Foster Mentors:
All new foster homes are assigned a Foster Mentor who will personally guide you through every step of the process and answer any questions you may have.
Publicity to help adopters learn about your foster rabbit:
Your foster rabbit will be eligible to appear on the Rabbit Advocates Adoptable Rabbits web page, Petfinder page, Shelter Exchange page, Outreaches and other adoption events.
Other Rabbit Advocates volunteers:
If you are also a Rabbit Advocates general volunteer, you will have access to the group’s email list where you can pose questions if you need help. Being a general volunteer also makes you part of a close-knit community of people who love pet rabbits and love to help others care for them properly. There is no charge to become a Rabbit Advocates volunteer, though you must complete a formal Rabbit Advocate Volunteer Application.
Rabbit Advocates provides a wide variety of educational materials throughout our website (including items in the fostering pages Resources & Links), which you may download or purchase. These materials can help you learn more about caring for rabbits properly and we encourage you to provide them to adopters as well. We also offer monthly meetings and outreaches where you can ask questions and get hands-on practice with handling, socializing, grooming, nail trimming and other rabbit care activities.
Starter kit of supplies:
If you need supplies to help you get started with fostering, just ask us what’s available. We receive donated supplies for foster homes. During your training session, your trainer will help to get your all set up with the supplies you need.
Assistance for food, hay, etc.:
Due to limited funds, Rabbit Advocates Foster Care Providers are expected to cover the costs of feeding and general care of their rabbits. If you find that you are having difficulty covering these costs, let your Foster Trainer, Mentor, or Coordinator know and they will reach out to find a volunteer who can sponsor you!
Assistance for medical care:
Rabbit Advocates will cover the spay or neuter charges, and will reimburse approved veterinary care, as long as funds are available.