There are millions of animals passing through animal shelters in the US every year. The shelters try to find adoptive homes for their pets, but new pets keep coming in before the ones already there are adopted. Shelters run out of space and then must euthanize millions of perfectly healthy and loving animals every year. They did nothing wrong, it’s just that their time ran out before being adopted.
Here’s where pet foster parents can help. These are people who volunteer to care for pets in their home while the animals are waiting to be adopted. They love pets and want to give as many pets as possible a chance to find a new family, their forever home.
Why do pets need a foster home?
Some pet owners seek out foster parents for their pets when they must give up a beloved pet, but don’t want to surrender it to an animal shelter where it could very likely be euthanized. Maybe someone you know has wanted to find a loving and safe place for his or her pet until it is adopted. That’s where pet foster parents come in to help.
Here are some of the many situations that may have someone seek a pet foster parent. An elderly person may no longer be able to take care of himself or herself and must move into an assisted living or nursing home where pets are not allowed. There are people who have lost their jobs and their homes and just can’t financially take care of a pet any longer.
Families may go through difficult times such as divorce, an illness, or even death when a pet must move to a new home. Military personnel who are deployed may have to find a new home for his or her pet. When a family must relocate and move into an apartment, sometimes pets are not allowed.
What’s involved in being a pet foster parent?
A pet foster parent steps in the role of the family and provides a safe and loving environment for animals under its care until the animal is adopted. The pets that need fostering include puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, and other animals. Foster parents are part of the process in selecting which pet they would like to foster.
The foster parent provides basic care such as food, water, shelter, and a safe environment for the pet. For example for young kittens and puppies, plants that are poisonous if eaten by them must be moved out of the way. A dog may need to be taught basic house manners. If the animal has been previously abused and is skittish, it may just need a lot of love to rebuild its confidence.
A pet foster parent may need to transport the animal to adoption events. If the animal becomes injured or ill and needs veterinary care, the foster parent would take the animal to a designated vet. The cost of the veterinary care is not the responsibility of the pet foster parent.
You may be an ideal pet foster parent if you…
o are thinking about getting a pet, but since you’ve never had one before, you’re not sure if a pet would fit in with your life.
o want to have a pet, but cannot commit right now to adopting one for its entire lifetime.
o have a pet at home already and are not sure how a new pet would fit in.
o just love pets, and are at a place in your life where you have the time and space to devote to care for pets while they are waiting to be adopted.
Find out more about being a pet foster parent. You can inquire at your local animal shelters and rescues about helping them out as a pet foster parent. If you do end up being a pet foster parent you will not only have saved the life of a wonderful animal, but in return they will give you so much companionship.