The time is right; the needs at area shelters and rescues are great. The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives. The work of animal shelters and rescues has been greatly impacted also. They need fosters NOW. Before you may have been too busy with work, school, and other commitments to make a commitment to foster; NOW though is a great time to open up your home temporarily to a pet in need. Have your children pleaded and pestered for a pet but you felt that even their schedules were too busy for that type of commitment. Fostering a pet is an ideal way to enjoy the benefits of having a pet without a “furever home” commitment.
In case you need a few more great reasons:
- Fostering gives you the satisfaction of getting a pet ready for their furever home by sharing your home, time, and friendship. It provides foster pets with opportunities for socializing and training that are not available in a kennel or shelter. Foster pets get a chance at becoming cherished pets.
- Fostering is a great opportunity for families to work on a project that is fun and teaches responsibility. The addition of a pet brings joy to a home even temporarily. There is a sense of accomplishment when your foster becomes part of a furever home. Your family may decide to foster another pet. Fostering can also help a family find out if it is ready for the responsibilities of having their own pet.
- Fostering offers financial support. The rescue or shelter usually is responsible for the financial needs of the foster pet such as any necessary medical treatments your foster pet requires during their stay with you.
- Fostering a pet gives you a first-hand understanding of the personality traits of your foster. The knowledge you gain about your foster pet will help the rescue or shelter find the best furever home for your foster.
Fostering is a major of time and effort. Welcoming a foster pet into your home will require changes to your lifestyle. AND saying Good Bye will be difficult. Yet so many foster pet parents and families agree that the rewards of fostering outweigh the costs.
If you’re not able to foster at this please help the animals in our community by donating to a local animal shelter or rescue.