Fostering an animal can be an incredibly rewarding experience. If you want a dog or a cat, but you can’t make a long-term commitment just yet, fostering is a great option to consider. You’ll get the experience of being a pet parent and the satisfaction of knowing you helped save the life of an animal in need.
Below are five ways an animal may benefit from a foster home:
1. More socialization: A foster home allows for lots of family time and attention, better preparing the animal for his or her forever home.
2. More exercise: A dog with a backyard is going to get more activity than a shelter situation can typically provide.
3. Less stress: Some animals become very stressed in a shelter environment, making it harder to appeal to potential adopters. A relaxed space allows these animals to thrive.
4. Time and space for recuperation: Dogs and cats that are recovering from an illness or injury do a lot better in a quiet, comfortable environment where they can heel.
5. Time for puppies and kittens to reach adoption age: Sometimes, litters come into shelters and the animals aren’t old enough to be adopted. A foster situation allows these young animals the time and space to grow and thrive. If the mother comes into the shelter with the litter, she will likely be placed in the foster home as well.
If you’re interested in providing a foster home, contact a local shelter or rescue for more information.