There are many reasons why homeless pets might need to stay with a foster parent for a period of time. Sometimes a pet has a medical issue that requires full-time attention. A pet might be partially feral or a survivor of a puppy mill and need time to acclimate to living in a home. Other puppies and kittens are too young to be adopted or live safely in a shelter setting and need the care and attention of a foster parent. Sometimes, a shelter simply needs more space to accommodate incoming animals and might foster out existing pets to volunteer homes.
Whatever the reason, pet foster parents are in need. If you’re interested in fostering a homeless animal, consider the following tips.
5 Things to Do to Start Fostering Pets
1. Prepare Your Home
To be a pet foster, your home needs to be pet-safe, and you need a room in your home that can be dedicated to your foster pets. This ensures they have a safe location and won’t experience any territorial issues with the pets currently living in your household – no matter how friendly your pets might be with other animals.
2. Think About the Kinds of Pets You Want to Foster
Decide what kinds of pets you are comfortable fostering. Are you willing to foster dogs, cats, and pocket pets or are you comfortable with just one species? Can you handle pets with medical needs or behavioral issues? Are you available to bottle-feed kittens around the clock?
3. Contact Nearby Animal Shelters
Once you know what you can realistically take on as a pet foster parent, contact local animal shelters to find out what requirements they have. Some shelters might cover all expenses and provide you with supplies, while other shelters might require pet foster parents to foot the bill for food and veterinary care. They might also have an application process for you to go through in order to vet you before sending an animal into your home.
4. Get Supplies
Prepare your home with the supplies you need before your foster arrives.
5. Be Prepared to Say Goodbye
Remember that fostering means caring for a pet until they find a permanent home. Be prepared to say goodbye to the animals in your care and ready yourself to welcome another.
More Pet Fostering Advice at TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic
If you’re interested in becoming a pet foster parent, we welcome you to contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic. We can help you better understand what your role and responsibilities will be when fostering a pet and can even help you get on the foster list of a local animal shelter near you.