A Win For the Shelter, the Animal and You!
Pet fostering is of huge benefit to…
Every shelter animal given a temporary home means one less animal to care for in the shelter and one more space to offer for another homeless pet. This allows the shelter to save another pet while you foster and help one prepare for adoption.
The foster pet
Many animals are overwhelmed by the experience of living in an animal shelter. Strange smells, contact with other animals, and the daily routine can cause stress for shelter animals. Sensitive or chronically ill animals; mothers nursing their young; and nervous, frightened, and older animals are particularly vulnerable. For these animals, a foster home is a welcomed alternative.
Animals with special medical needs, pets with behavioral challenges, and young animals who have lost their mother and still need nursing, all benefit from the personal care a foster can give them. Other animals may need extra help to recover from physical and psychological abuse, which is very important for those who have suffered from abandonment and/or mistreatment. Living in a loving foster home helps these animals build up their trust towards humans, regain their confidence, and get acclimated to living in a normal home environment, increasing the chances of a successful adoption.
YOU, the foster
Fostering can be a very rewarding experience, and it is fulfilling to know that you played an important role in helping to move your foster pet onto their forever home. With each foster pet, you will learn new skills, and over time you will also be able to help animals who have had a very hard start in life to find their perfect home. Saying goodbye to your foster is the hardest part, but we promise that seeing him or her flourish in a forever home—because of you—will become the best part of fostering!