Crisis Foster

Crisis Foster

The ARL’s Crisis Foster program provides temporary care for the pets of families or individuals experiencing a crisis due to domestic violence, natural disaster (e.g., fire, flood, evacuation), or other catastrophic events. The program serves as a safety net when there are no other options for the pets to be cared for, thus ensuring the safety of the family and their pet. We provide the pet(s) with short-term housing (either at the ARL or in an approved foster home), veterinary care and exams, food, and socialization. We also provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips, and other pet-care resources to enhance well-being and stability once everyone is reunited.

The Crisis Foster program works in collaboration with both the family/individual and their service providers to create a safe and appropriate care plan for reunification. In cases of domestic violence, we often assist with advanced planning to make clients aware of our services and to ensure a safe transition into the program. By providing these temporary resources, the Crisis Foster program prevents pet owners from being permanently separated from their pets and reduces further heartache during an already stressful time.

For more information please contact Kim Wolf, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (515) 473-9111 or kwolf@arl-iowa.org.