Foster a dog

Dog pounds are not ‘no-kill’, and when they get full, dogs are put down to make room for new ones coming in. Fostering buys the pet time until their forever family comes along.

 

 

 

Reasons to foster


1. It saves adoptable animals from probable death in overcrowded pounds.

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Archie was rescued in April 2012 by Catherine. Fostering can help another dog like Archie while they are waiting on the perfect home.


2. If you plan to adopt a dog or cat in the future, it gives the foster parent incredible insight into what
they do or don’t want in their own pet.

3. It removes animals from a traumatic shelter environment and gives them a happy home to live in
(and be trained) while they await their forever home.


4. It gives the foster parent the benefits of having a pet without the long-term commitment.


5. It allows the foster family to learn the animal’s personality so they can help the forever family
determine whether it’s a good fit for them. Animals don’t usually behave like themselves in
shelters. It also makes the transition easier for the new owners as the animal is used to home life.


What do pet foster parents do?


Pet foster parents are very much like child foster parents. They care for a homeless pet as if he was their own until he is adopted. Shelter environments can be extremely stressful for some dogs. It is much more comfortable for them to stay in a home environment. They are able to get more individualized care in someone's home. It also gives them better socialisation skills, which makes them a well-adjusted pet.
Also, the foster parent is able to learn about the pet's personality, likes, and dislikes so that he can be better matched to the right forever home. Most importantly, pet foster parents save lives!


Fostering one pet helps countless others. By taking one into your home, you open up a space at a shelter or rescue for other animals to be taken in. There are also practical reasons for fostering: It can help you ‘test’ different animals to see which will be suitable as a permanent pet.


But so much is involved with fostering, not only the physical side but also the emotional, that you should be well prepared before you make the leap.


Here’s what you should consider:


How Long Do You Want to Foster a Pet?


There are short-term fosters of just a few weeks and longer-term ones that can even last years.
Determine what your schedule and your other needs can handle, as well as the needs of any other people or pets in your home.Determine What Kinds of Medical Needs You Can Handle. Pets are sometimes fostered while they are older or recovering from illness or surgery and need a safe place to recuperate.


Evaluate Time and Space


Figure out what type of dog you’d be able to accommodate in terms of size, temperament and energy levels. Take into consideration your work schedule and free time. And consider your space. If you have a small home, decide what you can deal with.


Remember the Pet Will Leave You


Getting attached to your foster pet is normal. After all, we do this because we love pets! It’s so easy to get attached to a dog or cat, even after just a few days or weeks. Be aware that it is going to be hard letting them go, even though you know they are going to a good place. Prepare to feel very sad every time you ‘lose’ a foster pet.


But if you do decide that you can't give up an animal, that's ok too. Foster parents can go through the adoption process and pay the adoption fee just like any other adopter. The important thing is to think about what is in the animal's best interest.


What if it doesn't work out


Be aware that if a foster relationship doesn’t work out, or if you’re in over your head, it’s OK to say so. It’s not like an adoption where you’re looking for a lifelong relationship with them. There’s no shame in letting the rescue know that and giving them some time to make other arrangements.

Fostering Pets: Important Questions to Ask
1. Why is the pet in the shelter/rescue and why does she need a foster home now?
2. Does he have any medical issues?
3. Has the pet been spayed/neutered?
4. Who will pay for medical bills if they arise?
5. How does he behave around other animals and children?
6. Who will provide food, litter and any other essentials such as a leash and any potential
medications?
7. How does the animal fare when left alone?
8. For more information get in touch with your local Animal Rescues.