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What does fostering a pet look like?

When you foster, you agree to take a homeless pet into your home and give him or her love, care, and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the pet is adopted.

Why do adoption groups need foster homes?

  • Not enough room at a physical shelter
  • A pet is too young to be adopted
  • A pet recovering from surgery or an illness
  • A pet showing signs of stress in the shelter
  • A pet that is fearful of people and needs a safe place to be socialized

How can I become a foster?

Contact your local rescue group or shelter, they will most likely have you fill out a foster application (and perhaps train you and may conduct a home visit) and if you are approved, they will work with you on finding the right foster pet for your home!

What are the expenses of fostering a pet?

Usually, the shelter or rescue group covers all of the expenses of fostering a pet (food, medications, vet visits, etc.).

Perks of being a pet foster:

  • Privilege of offering a needy animal a safe, supportive environment while they wait for their forever home
  • Help socialize a shelter pet
  • Reduce the pet’s stress
  • Enjoy the benefits of pet ownership if you have other restrictions to keep a full-time pet


If you are interested in fostering a pet, contact your local shelter or rescue group for more information. 

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