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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