Do you love giving back? Have a love for animals? Do you want to change a life? Have you ever considered fostering a pet? If you haven’t, you should! If you’re thinking about adopting and you’re not quite sure, you should first know that pet fostering is an opportunity to take care of an animal in need of your help. Animals of all species need fostering. Some people don’t realize that fostering brings an opportunity to help more than just cats and dogs. Horses, birds, hamsters, and bunnies, amongst many other animals, are in need of a home. Spending time in a shelter can be challenging for some animals. They may lose their skills and abilities to interact in a family home. Animals are put in shelters for various reasons. They may have been abandoned by a family, they may have been strays on the streets, or picked up by animal control, but one thing remains common between all animals in shelters, they are all in need of a home and in need of love and understanding from a caring pet owner, or in this case, a pet fosterer.
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Millions of animals abandoned in animal shelters are killed yearly around the world. Animal shelters are forced to put animals to sleep due to overcrowding and many other reasons. The best way to save an animal and help open space in overcrowded shelters is to foster an animal. Fostering can also help animal control reunite an animal with its with its family. As an animal foster parent, you can be a superhero in many lives. If you consider fostering an animal, you will be inviting a new life into your home for a temporary stay. These animals will do better in a home, they will react well to a loving home and it will lower their stress levels and increase their chances of eventually finding a permanent space. If you haven’t considered fostering a pet, you should, and here are 8 reasons why.
- Figure out if you’re ready to own a pet full time: If you’ve never had a pet before, or if you’re not sure what kind of pet you want, fostering is a great opportunity to try your hand with the pet that you want. Maybe you want to see how your dog will react to having a cat in the house, or maybe you just moved into a new home and you want to see how an animal will react to the neighborhood. Maybe you want to see how your kids react to the animal, whatever your reasoning is, fostering is the perfect opportunity for you to get ready to own your pet.
- Use the Extra Space in Your Home: Do you have a huge back yard that no one ever uses? Or maybe some extra space on your back porch? A foster pet does not need much space, even the smallest extra space in your home could be a safety net for an animal in need. If you have a spare room you can house a small kitten, some extra space in one small room on a table can be the home of a ferret or a hamster.
- Help an animal find a permanent home: As a foster parent, you have the opportunity to get to know your animal. You’ll learn your animal’s personality, you’ll get to know what they like to eat and what they like to do.You’ll also be able to teach them how to thrive in a household. You’ll teach them manners and make it easier for them when they are ready to transition into a new home.
- Teach the pet you own new social skills: If you’re already a pet owner, and you’re not sure if fostering is the best move for you, here is something to think about; your pet needs to get more social. When animals live together in a home, they become more tolerant with each other. If your pet has issues getting along with other animals, this is the perfect chance to train them and help them get used to strangers. Helping your pets gain social skills could be beneficial for you and your pet. Anyway, your pet might be lonely, maybe they need a friend, and if you already have a pet, your home is likely to already be equipped to take on the challenge of a new friend in the home.
- Have it your way: When you foster an animal, all of the details are up to you. You can choose who you want to foster from, what kind of animal you want, when you want to have them and where you will keep them. If you are a cat lover, you can foster a cat. If you only love one particular breed of dog, there is no shortage of dogs in any breed that may need a home. Use this opportunity to curate your own pet experience from the beginning to the end.
- It’s only temporary!: Unlike owning a pet, when you foster an animal you are only taking on a temporary arrangement. You are not committing yourself to the animal forever, you are only agreeing to make a change in an animal’s life for a short period of time. If you’ve already got a pet, adding another one to the mix will be seamless. For a short period of time, you can walk two dogs instead of one. It’ll be an easy transition for a short period of time.
- Help Keep Animals Out Of Shelters: Animals gain high stress levels in shelters. Overcrowding and sickness is a major problem in many facilities. Nothing can compare to the love of a family. Take in an animal today and help keep them out of a crowded shelter and in a good home.
Be a Life Saver: Have you ever thought that you could save a life? By fostering an animal you can! Animals die and are put to sleep in shelters every day. Everytime a caring owner decides to take in a pet, it’s one potential life saved. The animals need your help and you could save a life by fostering today!