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Get Your Furry Fix by Fostering

Published on July 27, 2009 by   ·   9 Comments Pin It

Can’t commit to being a full time Doggy/ Kitty Mommy/ Daddy right now?   Here the wonderful Dr. Pia Salk, who has extensive experience fostering pets, gives you the scoop on fostering;

Get Your Furry Fix by Fostering

If you can’t adopt a pet but want to get a temporary furry cuddle fix, support the work of your local rescue groups and save lives, then fostering is for you! Fostering is one of the most compassionate and rewarding actions an animal lover can take. The availability of a foster home can make a life-saving difference for a homeless animal. While many people envision rescue groups as having large facilities and a full staff, the reality is more grass roots than that.

Many rescues groups are only able to take in as many needy animals as they have fosters for. Rescue groups work tirelessly to find homes for the animals in their care and to network the ones in municipal shelters, but all too often the time needed to find a home exceeds the time an animal has left. Foster homes provide the critical time needed to connect the dots between an animal in need and an adoptive home.

Foster homes help not only by saving lives, but in other ways too. By getting to know a pet’s personality, a foster helps the rescue group properly place that pet into a suitable home. A brief stint in a safe environment can also help provide the socialization needed to facilitate a smoother transition into a new home.

And let’s not forget the fun part! A foster parent gets to have a furry fix for a stint without the life-long commitment that may not suit their lifestyle. It’s like getting to spoil your niece and nephew when they come to visit!

Sweet Rocky in Brooklyn sure could use a home! Contact Megan at sky.pup@gmail.com

Anyone interested in exploring foster should contact a few rescue groups in their area (click here to find rescues near you). The rescue can share info on their requirements and schedule a time for a home visit. Ask them to help you establish the kinds of animals you can accommodate and a time commitment that meets your lifestyle.  If you’re  partial to a certain breed, you  can also consider fostering for a breed rescue.

You can also sign up to volunteer on Adopt-a-Pet.com’s volunteer registry, and select “Fostering” as one of your interests.

What a great way to advocate for the animals!

EDITORS NOTE: Also remember, Dogs in shelters do not get seen… they are behind bars without eyes on them.   But a sweet pup in an “adopt me” vest out at your local park or at the closest dog-friendly bar to you has a tremendous chance of finding a forever home!   The more eyes you can get on these babies, the better!   We post a weekly list of pups and kitties in need at the bottom of our weekly newsletter, so sign up.

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Readers Comments (9)

  1. Chrissie Eden Vazquez says:

    There is nothing more rewarding than fostering an animal, even if you can’t adopt. A lot of people say that they can’t do it because they love animals too much and the thought of giving one up after they’ve fostered it is too heartbreaking. To that, I say that if you truly love animals, giving them up to a permanent loving home is bittersweet but worth it. Euthanasia and the day to day loneliness and despair of shelter life are a lot worse for the animal than your feeling of regret at not being able to keep it! Foster, foster, foster!!!!

  2. MARY TONDEN says:

    Great blog, Chloe!!!! Fostering animals is such an amazing experience!!!

    If anyone is interested in getting involved with fostering cats in Los Angeles, there is a desperate need! The South L.A. Animal Services shelter has redlisted 1/3 of their cat population (which means they are basically on death row.) If anyone could provide a loving foster (or permanent home) to a kitty in need, contact me at: mgrapestond@gmail.com :)

  3. brook says:

    part of my job in an animal control facility is finding the animals in a kill facility foster homes–i can’t stress enough how important fostering is. (incidentally, i would not have gotten my wonderful amazing pit bull son if it weren’t for his foster family). PLEASE everyone foster if possible!!

  4. carolyn ba says:

    i have a foster dog in my home right now. she is a six month old dachsund/pittbull (hillarious combo). she’s on sugarmuttsrescue.com. her name is lady..if anyone is interested (brooklyn).


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  7. Kirby says:

    Question – my husband and I both work full-time over an hour away from our house. I’m the BIGGEST animal lover and have wanted to foster (and ultimately adopt) an animal for years, but since we’re gone from 6:30AM-5:00PM every day, I feel like that’s cruel too – leaving the dog home alone all day. We can’t afford to have someone come let it out during the day, either, as the places in our area charge $20/day to do so, and we definitely don’t have $400/month laying around! Any thoughts would be so welcome. Thank you!

  8. Chloe Jo says:

    Kirby: a few thoughts… 1. Foster Cats! They are fine to be left home alone all day. 2. Be in touch with some local rescue groups and see if you can work in tandem with anyone to offer your home and morning/ evening walks if they can do the afternoon walk. 3. Save for a dog walker. Downsize in other ways to make room for that $20 per day walk. Many walkers will give you great package deals if you buy walks upfront. 4. Check out doggy daycare. Many places will offer you great deals if you buy a package… OR offer to work at a doggy day care for free on Sat or Sun or an evening or two a week in exchange for free daily boarding of your pup! Hope those ideas help! :) xo Chloe

  9. Ariela says:

    Thanks for this post Chloe! I’ve been dying to adopt, but with my busy student schedule I was worried about not having enough time for a furry baby. I will definitely be looking very seriously into fostering thanks to this post’s guidance!

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