Fostering is a great way to help animals find their “forever homes” and in return be proud that you had something to do with that goal.
Being a foster parent can be a challenging job at times. Foster animals may come to us for several reasons and may carry several health or mental injuries or they may be long loved pets that owners can no longer look after. The flip side to this challenge for foster parents is that it is truly rewarding to nurture our fosters back to health and eventually get them their “forever home”.
To be a successful foster parent you must have patience, compassion and the cooperation of your family and your own family pets. Knowledge of animal behaviour and animal health treatment is useful, but your patience, love and care are the most important attributes. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation. For example, if you foster a mother cat with kittens be prepared to have them in your home for time to raise the kittens to a healthy adoption stage.
As a foster parent, be prepared to handle another animal in your house, and be sure to have the room and space for your foster to recover and get prepared to return to the shelter for adoption. For this reason, it is most important that you as a foster are willing to take the time to address the animals needs both physically and mentally. As a foster parent, be prepared to administer and monitor your fosters medication and vet visits.
While foster parents do get emotionally attached to their fosters, they also understand when it is time to let them go. The amount of gratification and pride a foster gets in return, far out weighs the work involved. Experienced foster parents often stay in touch with the shelters when their animals are up for adoption, and happy to know when their fostered animal is adopted.
As a foster you also must understand that there is a possibility that the foster pet may or may not be adopted immediately when returned to the animal care center, but know that they are being well looked after and socialized.
People often ask me, “Don’t you fall in love with them and isn’t it hard to give them back?”
I respond, “Yes I do love them, but my job is done, and I’m proud to give them up.”
If you are interested in fostering a Cat, please apply using our Cat Foster Form.
Adoptable Animals We Have In Foster