Some animal rescue organizations take care of animals using foster homes. Other organizations have funding models in place and are able to call on a depth of funding sources and resources on a regular basis to help supplement the distance between costs to care for animals and adoption fees. It is a vast distance. While we have very generous supporters, we have to limit the numbers of animals that we can properly care for while we hold Dogwood Farm Sanctuary to the highest standards for the animals that reside here.
We control our costs by limiting the number of animals we care for – otherwise we would have too many animals and not enough funding. Foster homes occasionally work for us but using foster homes can pose standard of care issues. It can also make adoption management more challenging. While housing costs are not a factor for the organization with fosters, ultimately, foster parents pay costs of damage and wear and tear on their houses and yards.