Have you ever heard of, or considered, fostering shelter animals?
Sometimes when a pet is surrendered and needs an interim home to get him ready for adoption, the pet is placed in foster care. Volunteers foster pets for what are intended to be short periods of time. However there are risks in fostering. Part of the risk is falling in love with the pet. Then, there is the feeling of responsibility and fear that the right home won’t or can’t be found for him when he is ready for adoption.
There are no good or bad sides to fostering, but there are considerations to make before taking on a pet with special needs or a young litter that needs time to grow up. Bless those people who can foster and send them back to the shelter, grown up, healthy and nicely socialized. It takes a lot both physically and emotionally. And it’s possible you may adopt the pet after you fall in love with it!
You can visit the ARL page to read about the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s Temporary Love & Care (TLC) Program. The goal of that program is:
Have you ever considered “foster parenting’ an animal, just to give an animal a break from the shelter for awhile, and help prepare it for adoption? The ARL in Des Moines even has its own Facebook page for fostering families! Even people who live in other cities may enjoy reading that page, because it shows the variety of circumstances leading to pets needing to be fostered for awhile.
Our publishing company, Landauer, is currently fostering several cats until they can be adopted. It helps for cats to get a break from a shelter even in an office environment where cat-lovers work.
If this interests you, call your own local shelter to see what help you can offer: either helping animals at the shelter, or fostering, if that is practical for you.
Check out this great little video, Why Foster a Dog, from eHow Pets on YouTube:
Also be sure to visit the eHow Pets YouTube channel, and see this article about Victoria Stilwell, from It’s Me or the Dog (Animal Planet television channel). Victoria is now leading the eHow Pets YouTube channel.