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Online Foster Orientation and On Deck Fosters - Shared screen with speaker view
Nadia Oseguera
31:39
Hi everyone, feel free to ask any questions in chat during the webinar and we'll be happy to answer. We'll have some time at the end to answer questions but may not be able to get to all of them.
Milena Vauclair
31:46
Hi Veronica, you'll receive an email with a link to the recording in 1-2 days!
Sara Singleton
32:03
SPCA of SW Michigan
Foster Furbabies
32:07
Hi! California, USA
Laura Kniffen
32:09
Hi everyone! Laura Kniffen here from the Michigan Humane Society (Metro Detroit area).
Kristen McCann
32:09
Toledo Area Humane Society, OH
Alexandra Walker
32:10
Toronto Humane Society, Toronto Canada
Stella Tavilla
32:10
paws for life utah, heber city, utah
Cathleen Perrone
32:11
Second Chance Animal Center, Vermont USA
Erin Doyle
32:11
Hi this is Erin with the ASPCA. I'm based in MA.
Catherine Lovella
32:11
IACC - CA - USA
Kathryn Darling
32:12
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, Virginia USA
Adrian Peña
32:12
Hello from ASPCA NYC
Alyssa Morgan
32:12
Watauga Humane Society of Boone, North Carolina, USA
Stacey Richolson
32:12
Stacey from Purr Nation Cat Alliance, Roswell, GA
Ellen Fuhrken
32:12
Middleburg Humane Foundation VA USA
Amber Francisco
32:12
FRAS Farmington NM
Trina Wheeldon
32:12
Trina from Saving Grace in Roseburg OR
Katelyn Stoddard
32:12
Bangor Humane Society in Bangor, Maine USA!
Caitlyn Wegner
32:13
Cedar Bend Humane Society, Waterloo Iowa
Linda Levine
32:13
CAT Adoption and Rescue Efforts Virgina
jernee montoya
32:13
For Animals, Inc, NY NY
Sarah Brasky
32:13
NYC!
Haley Richardson
32:13
Guilford County Animal ServicesGreensboro, NC USA
Selina Skeens
32:13
Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa, FL
Jennifer Wright
32:14
Green County Humane Society in Monroe, WI
Tyler Martin
32:14
Companion Animal Alliance Baton Rouge, LA
Missy Parker
32:14
Best Friends NYC
Jenn Mueller
32:14
Foothills Animal Shelter- Golden, CO
Kimberly Zimmerman
32:14
Middleburg Humane Foundation, Marshall, VIrginia
Lisa Oakes
32:14
Humane Society Waterville Area, Waterville, ME USA
Hannah Berube
32:15
GAHS Maine USA
Kim Robinson
32:15
Innocent Paws Puppy Rescue, CO
Elizabeth Kim
32:16
Hi everyone, this is Beth from the ASPCA, calling from my home office in Washington State.
Neely Conway
32:16
ASPCA from my remote office in Atlanta!
Ashley Jackson
32:16
Hello! Humane Society of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin here
Patty Naegely
32:16
Harbor Animal Shelter, San Pedro CA
Bob Tubbs
32:16
Virginia Fostering Network, Virginia
Kate Hartlund
32:17
MADACC Milwaukee WI
Megan Tolpa
32:18
Dakin Humane Society MA USA
Michele Perron
32:18
Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Dayton OH
Jessica Hewes
32:18
Virginia Beach Animal Control. Virginia Beach, VA USA
Barbara Alexander
32:18
SPCA of Polk County, Texas
Jasmine Simmons
32:18
Humane Society of Pinellas, Florida!
Becky Costner
32:18
Wadena County Humane Society Wadena mn
Claire Brunner
32:18
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center Maine, USA
Christine Gardner
32:19
Search Dog Foundation Santa Paula CA
Victoria Murphy
32:19
Hi all. Animal Protection of NM, New Mexico USA
Sidney Lewis
32:19
Stephens County Humane Society in Duncan, Oklahoma
Sarah Schulte
32:19
Hi! Ohio Alleycat Resource Cincinnati, OH
LaVonna Anderson
32:19
Howdy from Oromocto and Area SPCA in New Brunswick Canada
Meghan Ragle
32:20
Clermont Animal Care Humane Society Batavia, Ohio
helena Prosowski
32:21
FAPL Ohio
Chelsea Nelson
32:21
HSU SLC, UT
Aysia Arrell
32:22
Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, WA State
Marie DeMarco
32:22
FURRR 911 in New York
Christine Gardner
32:23
Christine Gardner
Jenna Kretschman
32:23
Hi! I’m from Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction, CO
Victoria Riles
32:24
Columbia Animal Services- Columbia, SC
Devynn Nelson
32:24
Recycled Paws Rescue, INC New York, USA
Alexandra Hernandez
32:24
Berkely Humane, Ca!
Kristi Chizacky
32:25
Greenhill Humane Society from Eugene, OR
Dorrie Harris
32:25
Hi everyone, TAILS from Westport, CT :)
heather mehi
32:25
Heather Friends for Animals of Metro detroit Dearborn Mi
Sarah Brasky
32:26
Foster Dogs Inc, New York!
Shari Cahill
32:26
hello! Silver Comet Animal Welfare Alliance from GA.
Katie Hickey
32:26
Fox Valley Humane, Wisconsin
Danielle Dickerson
32:27
Linda Kelley Animal Shelter, Maryland!
Donna Hans
32:28
Good afternoon everyone. I am Donna Hans. Foster coordinator from Humane Society of Charlotte, NC
lori mason
32:29
Lori Mason-Regional Animal services of King County Kent washington
Sarah Wilkinson
32:32
Citizens for the Welfare of Animals in Clay County, Lineville, AL
Virginia Hudson
32:35
Charlie"s Angels Animal Rescue Fletcher NC
Pam Lacefield
32:36
Webark Estates, Moundsville, WV
Diane Miller
32:36
Hello from Louisa County Animal Shelter.
Joyce Durbin
32:37
Friends of Jackson County, Ocean Springs, MS
Casey Woods
32:37
Lexington Humane Society, Lexington, KY!
Jacqueline Taylor
32:37
hi from Humane Society, Alliston, Ontario
Brittany Donecho
32:41
Hi I'm Brittany from Homeless Animal Rescue Team in cambria - I'm an RVT
Caitlin Lavin
32:41
spcaLA from Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
Brenda Dermott
33:08
Hello from Caledon Animal Shelter, Caledon Ontario :)
Carl Johnson
33:09
Carl Johnson Palm Springs Animal Shelter Ca
Sarah Worth
33:40
Sarah Worth via invite from Cat Friends of O`ahu
christina hodge
33:47
Hi
Susan Furukawa
34:21
Welcome everyone -- coast to coast and New Zealand!
Sue Clement
39:08
Hey all -- Just a reminder to send chat to All Panelists and Attendees so everyone gets to hear your questions
Bob Tubbs
40:28
How is this initiative funded? Budget? Staff size?
Dorrie Harris
41:27
@bob tubbs - hopefully low - my group's all-volunteers ;)
Nadia Oseguera
41:44
Hi Bob! We'll address your question during the Q & A portion.
Nadia Oseguera
41:58
Hi Jennifer! Registration is open until March 20th.
Daisy Reeves
42:11
How many people do you have in your foster team?
LG Stylo 4
42:13
Atascosa County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
Cathleen Perrone
42:33
Do you not require foster's to have proof of vaccinations for pet's already in the home?
Jenn Mueller
43:10
Are you required to complete a home visit to qualify a foster home? Some states, like Colorado, have that requirement. We are interested to know how you handle that requirement if so
Kristen McCann
43:15
What is your application/orientation process for families that cannot do an online orientation?
Nadia Oseguera
43:21
@Daisy: Our foster & placement team consists of 8 people (from RVTs to coordinators to managers)
Bob Tubbs
43:46
Is there a certification process for your fosters?
Nadia Oseguera
44:00
@Cathleen: we highly encourage fosters to ensure their pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and provide information on the importance of vaccinations.
Megan Tolpa
44:22
do you have a tool for doing prerecorded orientations? OBS was recommended to me
Nadia Oseguera
45:01
@Jenn: we do not require a home visit. we can generally tell whether foster parents are suitable to care for kittens by getting to know them throughout their fostering experience.
christina hodge
45:14
what about using you tube for pre-recorded?
Bob Tubbs
45:46
how do you transport the animals to the foster's location?
Nadia Oseguera
45:50
@Kristen: All foster volunteers must attend an online info session. We offer many opportunities and various times to accomodate different schedules.
Hannah Berube
45:55
Do you do background checks on fosters?
Nadia Oseguera
46:24
@Bob: We do not have a certification process for fosters.
Cathleen Perrone
46:32
How do I check to be certain I provided a link to my organization's foster program website?
Laura Kniffen
46:58
How much does Zoom cost to use? You may have said this, my internet cut out.
Jamie Pearson
47:34
Cost of Smartsheet and Zoom?
Bob Tubbs
47:51
Have you tapped into military families? They are a large pool that because of their deployment can't adopt but are often in training locations for a year or longer.
Nadia Oseguera
48:11
@Bob: We use a ride share service to send kittens directly to their foster home if the foster parent cannot pick up the kittens from us.
Laura Kniffen
48:22
with zoom and using the online orientations, is there a way to verify that the foster parent actually attended the orientation for the duration of it?
Nadia Oseguera
48:59
@Kathy: We have not had any push back from people who are used to attending in-person sessions. In fact, we find that people find it more convenient. :)
Jamie Pearson
49:45
How often are you doing your online orientations during kitten season?
Nadia Oseguera
50:09
@Kathy: Definitely feel free to modify slides to align with your program!
Bob Tubbs
50:11
Can you provide scripts for the various training?
Nadia Oseguera
50:55
@Bob: We have not done so, but our foster program is open to anyone who can provide care for kittens for 2-4 weeks at a time.
Erica Henn
51:05
That seems like a large draw on staff time to do live orientations all the time, how frequent are the orientations?
Elizabeth Kim
51:20
The foster guide that Tina just mentioned will be sent to all participating Meow For Now agencies through the newsletter.
Bob Tubbs
51:22
we are workinig with cats and dogs
Nadia Oseguera
51:51
@Laura: We do have a way to cross reference the list of attendees with the list of RSVPs.
Foster Furbabies
52:01
is there a way to find out which organizations are using on-deck ?
Alexandra Hernandez
52:01
How are you able to text your fosters? Do you use a work line or personal line?
Chelsea Nelson
52:31
What software do you use for this survery?
Nadia Oseguera
52:43
@Becky: We provide all the supplies kittens will need: food, litter, litter boxes and the playpen. Fosters provide bedding, dishes, toys & we give them suggestions on how to get cost-effective items.
Bob Tubbs
53:18
Do you have a network of preferred Vet Clinics in your system?
Kathryn Darling
53:43
Do fosters ever express annoyance or resistance to completing the survey for every new litter?
Nadia Oseguera
53:45
@Jamie: We typically host about 10 info sessions during kitten season. Sometimes we host more depending on the availability of foster homes. That is, if we feel we need more foster homes, we will host more sessions.
Hannah Berube
54:00
Do you have to manually enter in this information on smart sheet or does it automatically upload once they do the survey ?
Laura Kniffen
54:21
How do you go about scheduling pick ups and notifying staff? If you have multiple people working to schedule foster pick ups?
Jennifer McMurtrie
54:41
What is the reason your fosters can only have one litter of kittens at a time?
Nadia Oseguera
54:53
@Erica: Each online info session is about 1 hour long. Considering the amount of homes we are able to recruit via online sessions, it's a great investment! :)
Erica Henn
55:18
Jennifer, probably illness, that's why we don't usually send out more than one litter
Bob Tubbs
55:21
How do you handle fosters who decide to adopt?
Nadia Oseguera
56:07
@Alexandra: We communicate with fosters daily via text, phone call and email. We use e-mail a lot so you don't necessarily need to text all fosters.
Bob Tubbs
56:53
Do you have an example waiver?
Nadia Oseguera
56:53
@Chelsea: we use smartsheet for the on-deck foster application, to track on-deck fosters, as well as to track all incoming foster kittens.
Foster Furbabies
57:00
how do you distribute kittens? (do you make sure fosters are always with kittens, if they do desire?)
Nadia Oseguera
57:43
@Bob: We do work with veterinarian partners throughout LA and Orange County. We also work with our own ASPCA veterinarians.
Foster Furbabies
58:17
what’s the FB link?
Devynn Nelson
58:21
how do you find fosters to join the rescue?
Jamie Pearson
58:25
Do you also track all fosters on Smartsheet? Like a master list?
Milena Vauclair
58:31
www.ASPCApro.org/meowfornow
Haley Richardson
58:39
For the orientation, do you have any recorded videos that we could have as an example? We are still working on our program and we are looking for examples!
Victoria Murphy
58:45
Do you advertise for fosters electronically or through posters, etc?
Laura Kniffen
58:49
With docusign, they sign all waivers needed - at what point do they sign these? do they do this online at home?
Katie Hickey
58:56
have you seen anyone using the same system for foster dogs as well?
Jenna Kretschman
58:59
What is the benefit to doing live online orientations rather than pre-recorded orientation videos?
Samantha Laroche
59:21
Did you have any roadblocks or pushback from upper management when starting the online foster orientations?
Catherine Lovella
59:35
Are you tracking the average number of assignments each foster takes in a year? And, do you know the average length of retention per foster? (I realize you're just over 2 years into the program, but curious if you have any data yet).
Bob Tubbs
59:35
Have you tried to get Petsmart Charity grants?
Foster Furbabies
59:44
How does the list work, as far as sending out kittens... just start at top and text, then move on to next person?
Brittany Donecho
01:00:03
Do you find that fosters struggle with care because they are not doing an in person orientation?
Linda Levine
01:00:11
online live vs online prerecorded?
Devynn Nelson
01:00:13
we get petsmart charity grants
Sidney Lewis
01:01:05
When fosters are removed from the on-deck list, are they deleted from the database entirely? How do you keep track of active fosters?
Jacqueline Taylor
01:01:11
how do you train fosters to bottle feed?
Bob Tubbs
01:01:14
Have you tried the local prison? There are a lot of very sucessful fostering programs where the inmates help foster animals? A cat version was recently on a Jackson Galaxy episode. It was in South Carolina
Kristen McCann
01:02:06
Do you have a Q&A session during the online orientation? Or is it solely to cover the basics of fostering?
Bob Tubbs
01:02:08
program budget?
Linda Levine
01:02:45
We would also like examples of recorded orientations
Jacqueline Taylor
01:02:49
do you encourage your fosters to adopt out their kittens from their home?
Cathleen Perrone
01:03:17
I would love to see your protocol/cleaning procedures for kittens with ringworm in foster homes.
Alexandra Walker
01:04:06
Do foster parents dislike being "assigned" kittens rather than choosing them? We currently send out emails of all available kittens to all registered foster parents.
Elizabeth Kim
01:04:08
Cathleen, we have resources about cleaning procedures for foster homes that we'll distribute through the Meow For Now newsletter.
Cathleen Perrone
01:04:25
Thank you Elizabeth
Dorrie Harris
01:04:35
For a small/all-volunteer group like mine spending the $ to get the tracking tools would be challenging - but the program information you provided is fabulous - do you think that Maddie's Pet Assistant would complement your online program as a means to track/provide information (since MPA is free)? Thank you.
Bob Tubbs
01:04:40
Do you recognize foster superstars? Process?
Jamie Pearson
01:05:41
How do your fosters disinfect those playpens?
Daisy Reeves
01:06:02
Do you run training sessions for bottle feeding? How do you know they are capable?
Daisy Reeves
01:06:27
How do you register capabilities/competence.
Bob Tubbs
01:06:29
can we see your orientation?
Laura Kniffen
01:07:32
Do you find that requiring them to attend an online orientation first slows down your on-boarding? Currently we do a phone orientation as they are ready (experienced foster volunteers help with these phone calls). I wonder depending on how often we are able to do the orientation if it will slow down on-boarding.
helena Prosowski
01:07:50
is online orientation hard to set up if you're not very computer savvy?
Devynn Nelson
01:08:35
how do you find fosters to join your organization>
Sarah Anderson
01:09:00
Where do you find the play pens and how much do they cost?
Bob Tubbs
01:09:14
How do you handle when animals die when in foster care? Preparing foster for that possibility.
Sidney Lewis
01:09:27
Do you have a set of rules and guidelines for your private foster facebook group?
Dorrie Harris
01:09:28
Is there a place you get your foster supplies discounted?
Erica Henn
01:09:35
How do you share videos for the ~1/3 of people that don't have facebook? We have trouble reaching our fosters that don't use facebook
Foster Furbabies
01:09:58
can you attach Meow for now FB link?
Bob Tubbs
01:10:01
Suggest partnering with Petsmart...discounts, food donations, etc.
Nadia Oseguera
01:10:44
Regarding supplies: we do work with distributors who can provide a discount when we buy in bulk. We also use Amazon and Chewy to send supplies to fosters when needed.
Daisy Reeves
01:10:47
How do you deal with confidentiality around seized animals under going investigations?
Bob Tubbs
01:10:48
We are setting up a Virginia based fostering network at https://www.facebook.com/groups/566072530538146/
Foster Furbabies
01:11:05
(Sarah- playpens and paneling to set up areas for kittens; Amazon
Elizabeth Kim
01:11:28
We have a ton of foster-related resources on ASPCA Pro you can scroll through to find helpful tips, downloads, etc. https://www.aspcapro.org/search?keywords=foster&submit=
Dorrie Harris
01:11:29
Tnx @Bob Tubbs - just (re) connected with the local Petsmart -- we're in bed with Petco (we have cats in 3 of their stores) - they do give us a tremendous amount...the kitten pens are the $ items ...:)
Nadia Oseguera
01:11:38
Here's the link to the Meow For Now Campaign. The deadline to register is March 20th.www.ASPCApro.org/meowfornow
Nadia Oseguera
01:11:58
Regarding supplies: we do work with distributors who can provide a discount when we buy in bulk. We also use Amazon and Chewy to send supplies to fosters when needed.
Daisy Reeves
01:12:16
Have you had any issues with people sharing kittens on facebook etc. then them not making it to adoption for whatever reason? Does this create animosity with the public?
Nadia Oseguera
01:12:59
We use Facebook as a way to connect fosters to one another and to make announcements, but we also use email to send out important information to all fosters.
Bob Tubbs
01:13:35
Great program. Congratulations for a job very well done. Be proud.
Nadia Oseguera
01:14:01
@Tessa: Luckily we haven't found that fosters give each other conflicting information in the facebook group too often. When it does happen, we chime in and kindly remind them about our protocols & our practices.
Bob Tubbs
01:14:06
are you aware of any dog fostering programs?
Daisy Reeves
01:14:53
We have found our private facebook page created recently has been really successful for connecting fosters, they love sharing and will often help each other out.
Daisy Reeves
01:15:03
Thank you guys you have done an amazing job!!
Kim Robinson
01:15:15
Thanks so much for your time and all the great information!
Nadia Oseguera
01:15:38
@Michelle: we verify the list of attendees through Zoom. It allows you to pull a list of attendees at the end of the info session.
Bob Tubbs
01:15:41
good stuff
Erica Henn
01:15:42
Thank you!
Foster Furbabies
01:15:47
thank you
Brittany Donecho
01:15:48
Thank you so much! You guys are rad and it sounds like you have a successful foster program! So excited to try out online orientations.
Sarah Brasky
01:15:48
Thank you so much!
Sarah Brasky
01:15:54
PS - HI MILENA!
Laura Kniffen
01:15:56
Thank you!!
Alyssa Dazza
01:15:59
Thank you!
helena Prosowski
01:16:02
thank you!!!
Alexandra Hernandez
01:16:08
Thank you so much!! I learned so much!!
Katie Hickey
01:17:46
thank you!