Foster Care Flash Classes

Fostering is a job for everyone, including you! But that doesn’t mean you have to be an expert - you just have to be willing to learn. To help you do that, we’ve developed Flash Classes.

Just like the name implies, these short, instructional classes cover individual topics that foster care givers encounter while caring for our beloved furry friends. Flash Classes give you all the information you need to provide the best care for your foster pet in a condensed, to-the-point format.

Check out the available Flash Classes below with more coming soon:

Medical

Behavioral

Medical

Health Assessment

Illness/ Sick or Injured Animal Care

  • Diarrhea in Kittens and Puppies
    June 2019
    Persistent young kitten or puppy diarrhea is one of the most challenging problems that foster programs face.There can be multiple different causes and solutions to kitten or puppy diarrhea.During this class, foster caregivers will learn to understand how to recognize diarrhea, some common causes of diarrhea, when a kitten or puppy with diarrhea needs veterinary attention, and how to help prevent and address kittens or puppies with diarrhea.  Learn More
  • Diarrhea in Cats and Dogs
    June 2019
    There are many causes and solutions to diarrhea in cats and dogs.In this class, we will not into detail on causes or prevention of diarrhea in cats and dogs, but rather focus on the "how-to's" of dealing with pets who have diarrhea.You will learn what to look for when examining a cat or dog who has diarrhea, recognize when veterinary attention is needed, and understand how to care for a cat or dog who has diarrhea.  Learn More
  • Straining to Poop in Cats and Dogs
    June 2019
    There are many causes of straining to poop in cats and dogs. The most common causes are diarrhea, constipation, or overly full anal glands, which are usually an "easy fix". Other causes, like gastrointestinal blockage, are more complicated to treat. In this class you will learn how to identify the symptoms of a cat or dog who is straining to poop, recognize when emergency veterinary attention is needed, and learn what you can do at home to help your dog or cat.  Learn More
  • Straining to Pee in Cats and Dogs
    June 2019
    There are many causes of straining to pee in cats and dogs. The most common causes are bladder inflammation or urinary tract infection, which are usually an "easy fix". Other causes, like urinary blockage and bladder stones, are more complicated to treat. In this class you will learn how to monitor for straining to pee in your cat or dog, recognize when an emergency veterinary visit is necessary, and what you can do for your pet in the meantime at home.  Learn More
  • Upper Respiratory Infection in Kittens and Cats
    April 2017
    Are you a foster caregiver of cats or kittens? Then there is a high chance that you might encounter upper respiratory infection in one or more of your fostered felines. Learn how to recognize the illness, and what to do about it.  Learn More

Young Kitten and Puppy Care

Preventative Care



Behavioral

Pet-to-Pet Interactions

Pet-to-person Interactions

Training and play

Stress Reduction

  • Fear Free Eye Treatment
    November 2018
    In this video, learn how to make these treatments more of a positive experience for your foster dog or cat and make the entire process less of a struggle for both you and your foster pet.  Learn More
  • Fear Free Tooth Brushing
    November 2018
    In this video, learn how you can gain your foster pets approval of teeth brushing as well as turn a potential negative experience into a positive one.  Learn More
  • Fear Free Pet Brushing
    November 2018
    In this short video, learn the best way to brush your dog or cat that makes the process fun and easy for both you and your foster pet.  Learn More
  • Fear Free Ear Cleaning
    November 2018
    In this short video, learn techniques for helping your foster pet learn that ear treatments don't have to be a frightening and unpleasant experience.  Learn More
  • Treatment Station: Training for Care
    February 2018
    Watch this short video on conditioning your foster pet to a treatment station to find out how to best utilize it to help you care for your foster pet.  Learn More
  • Basket Muzzle Training
    February 2018
    Conditioning a dog to be comfortable wearing a muzzle is an important life skill. In this short video by Fear Free you can learn how to do exactly that.  Learn More

Shy/ Fearful Behavior

Safety

  • Low Stress Cat Transport
    March 2017
    These low stress techniques can be useful for staff or volunteers transporting cats between shelters, as well as for fosters bringing their cats to and from adoption events, veterinary appointments or other locations.  Learn More

Common Behavior Challenges

  • Solving Litter Box Problems
    November 2018
    In this class you will learn how to understand the various issues related to owner surrender of cats with a history of inappropriate litter box use, the various medical and behavioral causes of peeing and/or pooping outside the litter box, techniques to eliminate behavioral causes of not using the litter box, and how to facilitate a successful adoption of a cat with a history of inappropriate litter box use.  Learn More
  • House Training Your Foster Dog
    January 2018
    Learn some easy methods to help in house training your foster dog in this short video. Learn More
  • Helping Your Foster Dog be Comfortable Home Alone
    August 2017
    Some dogs can become stressed when being left home alone even to point of becoming destructive. Learn some tips on how to best prevent your dog from feeling anxiety when left home alone.  Learn More
  • Harmful Non-Productive Suckling in Orphaned Neonatal Kittens
    January 2017
    Harmful non-productive suckling in your foster kitten can be a potentially life-threatening problem.  Learn More

Adoption Tips