Welcome to Foster Fun!

Dr. Newbury and foster friend

Are you excited — and maybe a little terrified — to be fostering a litter of kittens from the local shelter at your home?  Are you a super experienced foster with a medical question?  Somewhere in between?  You’ve come to the right place!

I’m Dr. Sandra Newbury a veterinarian with the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program (read more about me HERE) … and this blog was created to talk about all things foster — yes, the FUN for sure… but also the issues and problems that can arise when you bring shelter animals into your home to mix and mingle with your family, and your family pets (or maybe not!).  I’m excited to share all the latest news and ‘how-to’s’ with you … and I’m looking forward to your feedback and your shared experiences!

Let’s get on with the Foster Fun!

— Dr. N.

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3 comments on “Welcome to Foster Fun!

  1. Hi and thanks for starting this blog. A couple of topics that might be interesting to new foster parents are:
    1. how to safely and appropriately socialize fosters that are in a home with a single human and no other pets.
    2. practical ways to set up a foster space (I’ve only fostered puppies and they present certain challenges)
    3. how do you feed or medicate an animal three times a day when you’re working a normal 8-hour day.
    4. basic first-aid kit to have on hand
    5. basic pet clean up kit to have on hand
    6. how to write a ‘profile’ that will be useful to potential adopters when your fosters return to the shelter
    7. best ways to administer medicine when necessary – did you know there’s a little ‘cap’ on the end of a syringe filled with Strongid? I didn’t.
    8. some things to try when your puppy or kitten won’t eat
    9. collars or no collars when puppies and kittens are in their pens playing with each other.
    10. How to (or should you) follow up with the folks who end up adopting your fosters.
    Thanks again!

  2. Also from me, a big thank you for starting this blog. There are a couple of questions from Melanie to which I also would like to have some information.

    For instance, the question about setting up a foster space in a practical way (in my case for kittens), the basic first-aid and pet clean up kit and the best way to administer medication to a fractious/feral cat/kitten.

    In addition, I would like to know how long you would advice to keep foster animals and the own animals separated. Especially with shy/feral kittens I find it very helpful for socializing to have help from some of our own cats, but I don’t want to risk disease transmission. And elaborating on that, how to reduce as much as possible the risk of disease transmission in a home environment.

    Thank you very much, again, for your offer of expertise to us fosters.

    • Thanks for the questions and comments ladies! Stay tuned and we’ll address these excellent issues… also, please be sure to visit our FB page and sign up or our digital newsletter. The July issue will be ALL about fostering!

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