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Borrow a Buddy & Foster Information

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How Borrow a Buddy and Fostering works

  • City of Hurst Animal Shelter Foster ProgramYou must first become an approved Volunteer In Action (VIA) through the City of Hurst and the Hurst Police Department. You must be a minimum of 18 years of age. The application requires a short interview and a background check.
  • Once you are an established VIA, you must attend a two hour orientation that will describe our programs in detail, give you guidelines that must be followed, explain our expectations, and provides you the opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have.
  • If you rent your home, you must provide a written letter of approval to be a Foster Caregiver from your landlord.
  • Once you become a Hurst Animal Services VIA/Foster Caregiver, you will receive periodic emails from Hurst Animal Services that give detailed descriptions of those animals needing foster homes.
  • When you see an animal that would be a good match for your household and lifestyle, you simply respond to the email letting us know so the necessary arrangements can be made. In the email, include the date and time you would like to pick up the animal and what supplies you will need.
  • Hurst Animal Services will respond and let you know an appointment has been made and the Shelter Staff will be expecting you.
  • You will pick up the animal at the shelter, along with any supplies you may need. You will also sign a release, taking responsibility for the animal while he is in your care.
  • All veterinary care for your Foster Animal should be done by a veterinarian at our veterinarian partner. Our organization will not reimburse you for any costs incurred during appointments not scheduled by Hurst Animal Services Staff.
  • **Any illness contracted by owned pets is the responsibility of Foster Caregivers and their own personal veterinarians. All Foster Animals are screened against certain contagious illnesses, and the shelter’s recommendation is to keep owned animals separated from Foster Animals for a pre-established period of time to avoid contamination of owned pets**

Download an application to Foster or Borrow a Buddy
Download Foster and Borrow a Buddy Guidebook

How is Borrow A Buddy Different from Fostering?

Borrow A Buddy is essentially the same as Fostering. The main difference is Borrow A Buddy is a temporary arrangement designed to give dogs a break from the shelter for a few days. The requirements to participate in Borrow A Buddy are the same as being a Foster Caregiver, but the commitment is much more short term and is meant simply to let the dogs who have been at the shelter for an extended period of time have a few days away from the shelter.

How do I get started?

Come into the Hurst Animal Shelter at 891 Cannon Drive, Hurst, TX 76054 and ask for a Foster or Borrow A Buddy Volunteer application. Once we receive your completed application, a shelter staff member will be in touch!

Hurst Animal Services
891 Cannon Drive
Hurst, TX 76054

Items Recommended for Fostering

The number of Foster Animals our organization is able to support is limited by the annual resources available to the program. Foster Caregivers are encouraged to donate supplies for their own Foster Animals in order to maximize the number of animals fostered by our organization each year. Some supplies are available to give or loan to Foster Caregivers who require them in order to foster. The following is a list of supplies recommended for the care of your Foster Animal. Please ask if there is anything you need.

  • Food and water bowl
  • Dog or Cat Food – always provided by the shelter
  • Crate (for cats, get a large dog crate to accommodate the litter box, bed, and food)
  • Baby gates or exercise pens when available - supply is limited
  • Bedding (a clean, old blanket or towel, or a dog bed that is washable)
  • Toys
  • Collar (stays on the dog at all times) and leash
  • Training treats when available
  • Disposable litter boxes and litter
  • Newspaper
  • Medications

Wish List Items

These are supplies you may find useful while you are fostering. They are always in demand for the program. Purchasing your own is recommended.

  • Unscented Baby Wipes – Sometimes called “Natural” or “Hypo-Allergenic”, these wipes are best for cleaning the messy bottoms and faces of little puppies or kittens.
  • Puppy Potty Training Pads – While few things are absolutely certain in life, one thing is puppies are messy! Potty Pads make cleaning up much easier and help train puppies to “go” in a certain area making them much more adoptable!
  • Esbilac Puppy Formula or KMR Kitten Formula – Just like with adult dogs, it is important to keep puppies on a consistent diet. This is the brand of formula we choose to feed our bottle babies. We appreciate donations of any size available!
  • Bottle Kits – Bottles and nipples should not be reused from litter to litter. In the spring and summer these kits are in very high demand! We use both the 2 ounce and 4 ounce bottle kits.
  • Digital Scale – Puppies and kittens cannot be spayed or neutered until they are at least two pounds and two months of age. A small digital scale is very important for tracking the growth of the little ones!
  • Heating Pads– Puppies and kittens cannot regulate their own heat, so it is important to keep them warm.
  • Exercise Pens of Any Size – Foster Caregivers must be able to keep some Foster Animals safely away from their own personal pets if they are ill, recovering from surgery, or need to be isolated for any number of reasons. Crates are great for certain situations, but sometimes are too small. Exercise pens are wonderful for exercise and play time!
  • Enzymatic Cleaners – Cleaners such as Simple Solution or Nature’s Miracle are very useful in getting rid of any evidence of accidents from our tiniest of Foster Animals. We love that Foster Caregivers want to take these animals into their home, but we understand they would like to keep their home fresh and clean.
  • Disinfectants and Deodorizers – Disinfectant and deodorizer are useful for any surface and any mess pets may make in your home.
  • Shaggy Bath Mats – These are the perfect crate liners. They are easy to clean and are great for any size crate.