Five reasons to foster an animal
Have you thought about adopting an animal, but weren’t sure if you could handle the responsibility of pet ownership? Do you have the time and desire to care for an animal without long-term commitment and financial responsibility? If so, you should consider fostering an animal. Foster parents can make a huge difference. Here are five reasons to foster an animal:
Frees up shelter space & saves lives
Shelters take in as many animals as they can, but they only have so much space or people to take care of them. Sometimes, animals are too young to be adopted or require extra care post-surgery.By becoming a foster parent, you can help free up space so the shelters can take in more animals in need. By freeing up spaces at shelters, you can also save lives by providing a home and care, which helps decrease the number of animals who are euthanized due to lack of resources.
By becoming a foster parent, you can help free up space so the shelters can take in more animals in need.
Great training for pet ownership
Pet ownership is a great responsibility, and sometimes people don’t realize this. You will experience feeding, playing, administering medication, and the general overall care for the animal.Some shelters may even allow you to adopt your foster animal if you grow a bond. However, as fostering is a temporary situation, if you realize ownership isn’t right for you, you at least have provided a good start before the animal finds its permanent home.
Less financial responsibility
If you have lots of love and time to care for an animal but not the money, fostering may be a great option for you. Many shelters provide foster parents with the food, medicine, and other supplies. If you don’t have your heart set on fostering a kitten or a puppy, you may be able to foster a senior animal with Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary.
Help out your fellow man and woman
Sometimes people find themselves in situations where they temporarily cannot take care of their pet. Some shelters offer fostering programs to help those people.The AZ Humane Society's Project Active Duty program provides foster parents for the pets of active duty military service during their deployment. Other programs include foster care for pets for owners who are:
- entering domestic abuse shelters
- dealing with a natural disaster
Feel great about yourself
Fostering, like any other type of volunteering, is a great way to express your passion about a cause. Fostering takes compassion, commitment, work and a lot of patience. But it can be very rewarding to watch an animal in your care:
- be mended back to health
- be placed in its forever home
- be comfortable during end-of-life care
Fostering is a great way to help shelters with the responsibility of care to animals who are not ready to go to their permanent homes or need some extra care. Not only will you help animals in need, but it’s a great way to connect to a community and feel good about what you’re doing. For more information about fostering an animal, please check with your local shelter about training, requirements, or the different foster programs.