There is no doubt that adopting a pet as a permanent member of your family can be one of the best experiences of your life. But what about all the pets that don’t have homes yet? As wonderful as it can be to adopt a dog or cat, pet fostering can be very rewarding. People who do things like provide foster homes or adopt senior pets can do a lot to help animals that need it most–and who knows, a “foster fail” could lead to you finding a new forever companion.
Animal shelters often do not have enough space for all of the pets that need homes. They also may have pets that won’t do well in the shelter environment. By choosing to become a pet foster parent, you can provide a temporary home for an animal in need. This not only helps by opening space in the shelter for other pets, but it is also a vital part of preparing these animals for adoption.
As enjoyable as pet fostering can be, it is not a decision you want to take lightly. Taking the time to consider the decision is in the best interests of both you and the animal. In this post, we are going to provide a guide on how to foster pets.
Discuss it With Your Family
This will be an important step for any person who shares their home with other people. If you do live alone, you can skip to the next section.
Talk to your family or anyone else in your home about the possibility of pet foster care. You want to make sure everyone is on board and that you are all ready to commit to the responsibility. You should also make it clear that you are talking about fostering a pet, not adopting. If you are a renter, you might want to check your lease for what it says about pets or have a conversation with the property manager before moving forward.