Many people find joy in rescuing or adopting pets, but what about pet fostering? Pet fostering gives a pet the opportunity to live in a home environment instead of in a shelter and helps transition them to their “forever” home. Pet fostering is very rewarding, but comes with many responsibilities. Make sure you consider all points of pet fostering before making the commitment. Below are some tips if you are considering fostering a pet.
- Treat the dog or cat as if it were your own and give the pet love and attention it wants and needs.
- Along with regular pet parent responsibilities (feeding, exercising, grooming), foster pet parents may have to do extra basic training including house training, leash walking, commands or behavior modifications to correct jumping, barking and chewing.
- Help socialize the dog or cat with your personal pets, with pets in the neighborhood or with other humans.
- When a family decides they want to adopt your foster pet, provide them with as much information as you can including the pet’s personality, diet and behavior.
You never know what you will get out of an experience by helping pets in need and each foster experience has their own unique story. If you are interested in fostering a pet, contact your local shelter to find out more information.