The Almost Home program partners with veterinary hospitals and foster homes and
act as an extension of the shelter within the community, showcasing adoptable pets
to potential new owners.
The objective of the Almost Home Program is threefold:
- To increase the County’s animal adoptions through provision of additional opportunities
to promote and display adoptable animals away from the shelter, as well as provide
for a lengthier stay within the program.
- To provide additional adoption opportunities through the foster care of animals
by Veterinary Hospitals.
- To provide for additional off-site caretakers for animals that temporarily would
not qualify for the adoption program due to health, age, behavior or unresolved
custodial rights issues. The Forsyth County Department of Animal Control may utilize
approved temporary foster homes provided by citizens to address this need.
The Animal Shelter staff determines the animals that qualify for placement in the
Almost Home program. Animals with known medical problems may be released to an Almost
Home Program organization if the medical problem can be treated and the Almost Home
Program organization is willing and able to make the financial commitment needed
for veterinary care. A Foster Custody Agreement is then completed and signed by
representatives of the Almost Home Program partner and the Animal Control Department.
If someone is interested in the animal, the standard department adoption process
is followed with Animal Control staff. If the animal requires spaying or neutering,
An Almost Home Program veterinary partner may alter the animal at their clinic and
provide the Animal Control Department with records of such. Fees for the procedure
are those established by the Animal Control Department.