In many cases, a rescue group would be willing to step in take the pet, as a stepping stone on the path to being re-homed; but as yet a streamlined system of communications between Animal Services and the rescue community has not existed.
- Keep two databases. One is a continually updated list (with photos) of dogs and cats ready to move to a rescue group/foster home. The other is a database of all rescue groups in (and out of the area) that use fosters. When Animal Services has dogs or cats that can be pulled by rescue groups, they inform the Coordinator who then finds the good fit with rescue groups. The hope is that this will also relieve the groups from recreating the wheel by each contacting Animal Services to see what animals are available.
- The Coordinator also will serve as the contact point for members of the public who want to volunteer to foster. No vetting necessary. The coordinator will refer them to the appropriate rescue group.
- The Coordinator could assist with efforts to increase the number of foster homes through public meetings, personal appearances at civic groups, letters to editors, etc.
- The Coordinator could assist with finding grant monies for things like food, training, medical care to assist foster homes.