Did you know that May is National Foster Care Month? Many of our furry patients are former fosters, who are now beloved and pampered pets. Fostering fills a crucial gap for animals that need growth, healing, training, and/or socialization before they can be put up for adoption. If you’re an animal lover, you may want to consider fostering. It can be very rewarding! Of course, this isn’t going to be right for everyone. Here, a local vet lists some things to think over before moving forward.
You don’t need a farm or even a big home to foster animals. However, you must have enough space for your furry wards. If you have children and/or other pets, you may need to keep your foster charges in separate rooms or areas.
Finances are also something to consider. Some shelters provide some or even all of the pet’s food and supplies. However, not all of them have the resources for that, so you might have some out-of-pocket costs. Things like food, supplies, bedding, toys, treats, and medical care can add up!
A formal education isn’t necessary. However, it’s best to have some prior experience with animals, and a good basic understanding about their behavior and care needs. You’ll likely go through some training and onboarding before getting your first foster. A home visit may also be required. Talk to your local shelters to learn more.
Understandably, many people find it difficult to say goodbye to pets they have grown fond of. This is where foster fails come in. Foster fails are what happens when people get so attached to their fosters that they end up just adopting them. This isn’t a bad thing, as of course the entire point is to find that pet a loving home. However, if you think this would be too hard for you, maybe try volunteering instead.
There’s usually no specific set date when a pet will be adopted or ready to be brought to the shelter for adoption. With young kittens and puppies, this may happen when they’re old enough to stay in the shelter overnight. In other cases, that release date may be dependent on healing, growth, socialization, or even available space. Be sure to consider your schedule, flexibility, and upcoming plans.
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