Fostering an animal means taking a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue and giving it a home with you until it gets adopted. It's such a needed, life-saving process that a lot of people have questions and misconceptions about. I'm here to address them…
Reality: Shelters/rescues offer to cover the medical (and sometimes even food) costs of caring for a foster animal, so you're not left with any financial risk by caring for it.
What if I get paired with animals I won't be able to handle?
Reality: Before pairing you with an animal, the shelter/rescue will go over your lifestyle, animal experience and preferences to make sure that fostering will be a good experience for both of you. If you have children, the shelter/rescue will be sure to only pair you with animals that have proven themselves to be good with kids.
I think I work too much or am too busy to foster animals.
Reality: If you work a lot, they might suggest fostering an animal that doesn't need a lot of your time — like small mammals, cats, birds, or a senior/very mellow dog that doesn't need the kind of stimulation and attention that a puppy or hyper breed does.
It'd be too hard emotionally on me because I'll form bonds before giving them away
Reality: If you (or your children) do fall in love with an animal you're fostering, your adoption application is likely to be approved. It's a good way to test out an animal and see if it would be a good fit for your home!
Otherwise, it can be hard to give an animal you've been fostering to its new home once it's been adopted, but know that the shelter/rescue screened the new home thoroughly and that the animal is going to have a great life with its perfect, forever home. Shift your focus to being happy for the animal, instead. Fostering is a beautiful, selfless thing and a great way to teach children about the responsibility of caring for animals and the importance of giving back to your community.
Reasons to foster:
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