A House Full of Love: The Rewards of Fostering a Pet
If you’ve ever adopted a pet (and we highly recommend it!), you probably know how exciting and wonderful it can be to bring a deserving animal into your home. Now, imagine being able to offer the same chance to several more pets in need over the course of your life. No, we’re not suggesting that you adopt more animals. Instead, we recommend fostering a pet.
What Does Fostering Entail?
Fostering a pet may seem straightforward, but it actually involves many different things to consider. Fostering a pet encompasses all of the following and more:
- Housetraining – Ah, yes. This means cleaning up a lot of accidents, but it’s vitally important that a new pet learns how to potty outside or in a litter box.
- Socialization and training – Many foster parents have pets of their own (and sometimes kids). This helps the new foster acclimate to other animals and people in a way that’s safe and gentle. This is also true for those fostering dogs who have not yet learned basic commands or other training skills.
- Monitoring health – For those fostering kittens or puppies, weighing your pet will help determine healthy development. For older pets, you may have to administer medications, help with mobility, or tend to other special tasks. While your foster is in your home, you’ll likely need to be quarantined until they’re screened for health and are current on all vaccinations.
- Encouraging bonding – Daily interaction and attention greatly increases the likelihood of your foster finding a forever home. Because they’re less fearful, more confident, and better able to bond, they’ll be the perfect candidate for a new adoptive family.
- Transportation – Getting your foster to and from veterinary visits (or to and from the shelter) is a necessary part of fostering a pet.
- Maintaining supplies – Most rescues will have all the supplies you need to care for your new foster. This includes food, toys, a litter box, bed, scale, droppers, medications, medical records, and more.
- Taking the time – Caring for a pet is a lot of work, but it’s so rewarding, and fosters often need a bit more help learning the ropes. The time you take training, socializing, and helping them bond is the best gift ever.
Reaping the Rewards of Fostering a Pet
Do you think you have what it takes to be a foster to an adorable fur kid? We think so! There are many rewards that come with this heartfelt endeavor, including giving your foster a chance to experience safety, health, and love so they’re better able to be adopted.
At Springbrook Animal Care Center, we applaud and support foster programs. We partner with many rescue partners, and have an upcoming Paint Your Pet event that will benefit 4 Paws 4 U 4 Ever- Pet Rescue. Of course, we’d be happy to address any questions or concerns you might have about this important form of volunteering. Please give us a call!