Improve Communication with Your Foster Homes (and Even Reduce Unnecessary Expenses)

Funds are scarce. Rescue groups do not have an unlimited supply of cash, so anything that can reduce unnecessary expenses is well worth considering. Many rescue organizations utilize foster homes to help care for the pets waiting for adoption. While these arrangements are beneficial, they come with a risk – the risk of unknown circumstances that result in unnecessary costs for the rescue group:

  • Unknown health or behavior status of a pet
  • Unknown compliance with veterinary care recommendations
  • Unknown questions from the foster parents

The unknown can cost the rescuer group time and money when the unknown suddenly becomes a problem. The unknown can also hamper the care pets need and may even delay the adoption of some pets.  

Think about Sable. She is being fostered and has to be treated for a skin condition. Is the foster parent giving her the medications? Has the diet change helped? Is Sable spending a lot of time chewing and scratching herself? Wouldn’t it be nice to know?

And what about Olaf? He is ready to be adopted, and the new pet parents want a report about the time he spent in foster care – his veterinary visits, behavior, activity…. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something to give to them?

What you don’t know can hurt you. When the rescue group does not know about the status of foster pets, it can result in extra veterinary bills, additional expenses, bad publicity, and unsuccessful adoptions. For instance, Sable’s foster parent is not giving her the medication as prescribed. Her skin condition is not improving, and she is scratching herself raw. The foster parent requests additional veterinary visits and different treatments, not to mention the fact that this will delay Sable’s availability for adoption. Extra expenses for the group to deal with.

Olaf did great in foster care; however, his high activity level was not communicated to the adopting family who was not prepared for Olaf’s energy. Now the family is discussing returning the dog and complaining that they were not informed. The rescue group and Olaf are getting a bad rap on this one.

Is there an easy way to keep track of the pets in foster care? Is there a way to easily transfer pet information to the new pet parent? Yes, there is. BabelBark for the foster parent, coupled with BizBark for the rescue group, can provide information to help prevent the unknown from causing a setback for the pet.

Foster parents can download the free BabelBark app to their smartphone. They can upload photos and videos, jot down notes in the journaling app, and upload vaccine information and other medical records from the veterinarian. All of this can quickly be sent to the rescue organization via a connection between BabelBark and BizBark. Now the rescue group can monitor what is going on with the pet and, if the information is scarce, contact the foster parents for an update. If the rescue group provides the foster parent with an activity monitor for the pet, even more information can be gathered about the pet.

For Sadie, this means that the rescue can see a high level of activity during the night – signaling that Sadie is chewing and licking her skin.  By reviewing compliance with administering medications, the rescue can monitor the foster parent and know when there is a failure in giving her the medications.

Olaf’s foster parent can journal his days – his favorite toy and activity, the food he likes to eat, and trips to the groomer. All of this information can be transferred to the new adoptive parents. And, if the new veterinarian is on BabelVet, the information can be seamlessly transferred to him/her.  Add the health monitor to the package, and the new pet parent can see just how much activity Olaf likes to have!

Other benefits of BizBark for the rescue group include transferring microchip ID numbers to the foster or adoptive parent’s BabelBark app. Announcing events and fundraisers pet owners in the area. Using the journaling feature, the rescue can instruct foster and adoptive parents to enter any questions or concerns for accessible communication with the rescue organization – no more waiting for the business to open or people to get home from work — simple, seamless communication.

Together, BizBark and the BabelBark health monitor help the rescue group lower their risk of the unknowns. 

  • Know what is happening in the pet’s daily life – The Pet Dashboard makes health and behavior status of a pet  available to both the rescue and foster home
  • Know what care is needed – Care instructions, including medical records, can be automatically uploaded to the foster parent’s app to improve pet care
  • Keep everyone in the loop – Digital records can be seamlessly transferred from rescue to foster parent app, to veterinarian
  • Protect pets – Microchip ID information can be transferred to the foster parent app to be available in case of an emergency runaway situation
  • Know what your foster homes need – Questions from the foster parent are quickly and easily handled by the rescue group by using the two-way journaling feature


By using the BizBark/BabelBark connection, rescue groups can build a community with their foster homes (and there is no limitation on the number of pets or activity). 

If this sounds like a potential foster and adoption saver for your organization, click here to learn how you can try BizBark free for 6 months. Try it out and see how communication improves with the foster homes.