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Frequently Asked Questions

The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
Who do I call for help?

If you need assistance during the time you are fostering, you should email foster@stjosephmo.gov unless there is an emergency. In case of emergency, you should call the main shelter number at 271-4877 and staff will direct your call, or they will contact your Foster Coordinator if it is after hours.

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1. How do I become a foster parent?
2. I found a litter of kittens. Can I foster them through your program?
3. What supplies do I need to provide myself?
4. Can my foster interact with my resident pets?
5. Can my children interact with the foster?
6. Do I have to have people come to my home?
7. If people come to my home and want to adopt my foster pet, what do they do next?
8. Who do I call for help?
9. Do my owned pets have to be up to date on their vaccines?
10. Do my owned pets have to be altered before I foster?
11. Can my owned pets come to St. Joseph Animal Control and Rescue’s for care? Is there a discount?
12. What if I must leave town unexpectedly?