Welcome to the Best Friends family fun foster camp

We are so excited that you have joined us for this learning adventure. You are going to have so much fun discovering the world of pet safety, animal care and enrichment together over the next four weeks.

The activities, videos and challenges are organized into four weeks. They are all self-paced and each week focuses on a particular topic. The four topics include: pet safety, basic care, enrichment and promotion.

We encourage you to invite friends to join and complete the activities together, and maybe even snap a selfie photo or video to share (with the permission of your parent or guardian, of course).

Once you have completed the four weeks of activities, email the completed camp checklist to ja@bestfriends.org, so that we can send you your official lifesaving achievement certificate.

It does not end there. Next, we would love it if you could foster an animal from your local shelter. If you do, please email us at ja@bestfriends.org and we will send you a foster story to fill out. It would be amazing if you could also send a photo or video to share (again, with the permission of your parent or guardian).

This foster camp is designed to give you the resources and tools needed to foster cats, kittens dogs and puppies. You may choose to foster after completing the camp or you may choose to foster while you are at the camp. If fostering is not in your family's future, we encourage you to share your knowledge with friends and inspire them to complete the foster camp and foster an animal.

Foster camp for kittens and cats

Week 1: Cat safety

It is normal for your kitty to be a little nervous or timid at first. After all, she’s adjusting to a new environment — your home. It may take a day or so for her to warm up to you and her new surroundings. In the meantime, you can work on creating a space where she will be as safe and secure as possible and feel more confident. This week’s activity will help you create a safe environment for you and your foster cat where you can build trust and good communication.

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Week 2: Cat care

To help your foster cat feel safe, healthy and loved, she will need food, a clean litter box, playtime (if she wants it) and lots of TLC. Providing your foster cat with basic care will encourage her to trust you and, over time, show you gratitude and affection.

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Week 3: Cat enrichment

Providing foster cats with an enriched environment can prevent them from getting bored help them stay active, which is especially important for older indoor cats. The lesson and activities for this week will show you how to create an enriched environment in an enclosed space. You’ll make toys to keep foster cats entertained and learn safe ways to interact and play with them.

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Week 4: Cat adoption

You have made it to the final week and it’s time to help your feline friend find a forever home. *If you do not currently have a foster cat, please look up the bio on an adoptable pet from your local shelter. Since you’ve spent so much time with your foster, you’re the best one to tell your cat’s story. You can write about the cat’s characteristics or favorite things to do. You can also share cute photos for a flyer or create short videos to share on social media (with the permission of your parent or guardian, of course). The final lesson and activities will help you write a story about your foster cat to share with potential adopters. Take pride in knowing that because of you, your once homeless foster camp will soon have a family.

Quick links to lesson resources

Complete camp checklist and survey to receive certificate.

Foster camp for dogs and puppies

Week 1: Dog safety

Like us, dogs can display and communicate all sorts of emotions. For some dogs it’s exciting to experience a new place and they may just want to explore, but other dogs might be nervous at first. It is normal for your foster pup to take a day or two to adjust to you and her new surroundings. In the meantime, you can work on creating a space where she will be as safe and secure as possible, and feel calmer and more confident. This week’s activity will help you create a safe environment for you and your foster companion where you can build trust and good communication.

Quick links to lesson resources

Week 2: Dog care

To help your foster pup feel safe, healthy and loved, she will need food, a regular potty break schedule, playtime (if she wants it) and lots of TLC. Providing your foster dog with basic care and a good routine will encourage her to trust you and it’ll help her to adjust to your home. In return, you’ll probably get lots of tail-wags, licks and doggie cuddles.

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Week 3: Dog enrichment and training

Providing foster dogs with an enriched environment can prevent them from boredom, help them socialize and reduce stress. The lesson and activities for this week will give you some enrichment ideas and teach you how to safely interact and play with them.

Quick links to lesson resources

Week 4: Dog adoption

You have made it to the final week and it is time to help your doggie friend find a forever home. *If you do not currently have a foster, please look up the bio on an adoptable pet from your local shelter. Since you’ve spent so much time with your foster, you are the best one to tell your dog’s story. You can write about the dog’s characteristics or his favorite activities. You can also share cute photos for a flyer or create short videos to share on social media (with the permission of your parent or guardian, of course). The final lesson and activities will help you write a story about your foster dog to share with potential adopters. Take pride in knowing that because of you, your once foster dog will soon have a family.

Quick links to lesson resources

Complete camp checklist and survey to receive certificate.