Surrender Rescued Animals to SCAA
We regret we are stretched for resources at the end of the year as extra-ordinarily high medical care costs over the summer have left SCAA with limited funds to take responsibility for new rescues. Half a dozen foster kittens have been added since October and new foster homes must be allocated to current foster cats.
The addition to two new foster dogs by end of November means we are unable to add new rescued dogs in care at this time. SCAA does not have any foster homes available for dogs.
SCAA accepts responsibility for surrendered animals similar to how an SPCA or Humane Society would work, except we do not have a shelter. We rely on our volunteer foster parents to care for our animals in their home, while SCAA invests in veterinary care and searches for forever families. These efforts require weeks or months of foster care and over RMB12,000 a month in discounted PAW vet care, with new rescues an ongoing pressure.
Sadly, finding abandoned and stray animals in Shanghai is easy. SCAA may be able to help, on a case-by-case basis, depending on the the condition, temperament and number of rescued animals and on the fostering and financial resources available. Some general considerations include:
- Animal's general health and treatment needs - we do not foster and adopt animals with incurable and often fatal viral diseases (e.g. FIV, FeLV, Distemper) given the overwhelming number of (relatively) healthy stray and abandoned cats and dogs. Our ability to invest in seriously injured animals in need of orthopedic surgery is limited
- Animal's temperament and suitability for adoption - feral or aggressive animals are not suitable for fostering and adoption, especially with the significant number of very friendly stray and abandoned cats and dogs
- Number of animals rescued - large litters of newborn kittens or puppies, with or without their mom to nurse them, are difficult to place in a foster home
- Type of animal rescued - SCAA has many more foster homes for cats than dogs, given the additional space, time and attention needed to train, walk and raise a foster dog or puppy compared to a foster cat or kitten
- SCAA's fostering resources - during holidays (e.g. summer, October National Holiday, Christmas, Chinese New Year) SCAA has few and often no foster homes available for new animals
General Guidelines for Intake of New Foster Animals
SCAA kindly requests rescuers we may be able to assist to follow our foster care intake procedures. Unfortunately, there are many kind and generous rescuers more than willing to comply, but SCAA never has enough fostering and financial resources to meet the demand.
Step 1 - Rescuers provide SCAA with an assessment of the rescued animal's health and behavior in their home environment so that we can evaluate foster care options. Please isolate rescues from pets and supervise children around new animals. We regret we cannot consider foster care placement for animals that a rescuer is unable or unwilling to provide this basic information for.
If SCAA has foster home available for new rescue in foster care:
Step 2 - SCAA and rescuer arrange for a potential foster animal to be assessed by SCAA's vet partner, PAW. All SCAA animals go to PAW for consistency in quality care. Previously provided care will not be needlessly repeated.
Step 3 - If PAW assesses the animal to be healthy (or with treatable minor illness) and of good temperament, rescuers donate RMB500 (per animal)* towards SCAA's ongoing discounted PAW vet care expenses (average RMB15,000+ a month). * This minimum donation is not realistic in cases where animals require many thousands in RMB of major orthopedic surgery. Alternative fundraising options may be explored for special needs cases.
Step 4 - SCAA places the rescued animal in a suitable foster home and is responsible for ongoing foster care, medical care, and adoption screening.
A full surrender basis for adding animals to our foster care program helps keep the total number of foster animals, required foster home moves, and financial investment in PAW vet care manageable.