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Why Foster?

Foster volunteers are made up of animal lovers who are aware of the devastating and growing problem of animal overpopulation and the inhumane treatment of animals. Foster homes are always urgently needed. Lives can’t be saved without them. Fostering an animal isn’t a lifetime commitment; it’s a commitment to saving a life! All you need to provide is a place for the animal to go, and love – we’ll supply the rest. What you get back is immeasurable, unconditional love & joy from saving a life.

1. You increase that animal’s chance of being adopted.

By fostering you’re a link between the dog and potential homes. You can spread the word about what a good dog it is and how they interact with people and other animals. By living with you, it has the chance to learn behavior that will make it more appealing to other families. When you foster a dog, you have the ability to transform it into a dog someone would be thrilled to live with.

2. Your own pet will learn more social skills.

Rescue groups provide immeasurable support and some even offer invaluable training.

3. It’s a good way to see if you are ready for an additional pet.

It’s not always clear whether a second or third pet would fit in with your family. Sometimes an additional pet is a disaster. Other times it couldn’t be better. With fostering, you have a chance to see whether or not another pet is right for your family. Maybe providing temporary care is better for you.

4. You help the rescue learn about the dog’s personality.

It’s hard to know much about a dog when it’s living in a shelter environment with 15 other dogs. Placing animals in foster homes help us learn if the pet likes children, begs at the table, chases cats, barks when crated, know basic commands or has high or low energy. The possibilities of what a foster family will learn about an animal is unlimited.

5. You’re saving an animals life.

Many rescues are full to their limits and cannot take in more animals until additional foster homes open up. By fostering, the rescue can save money on their boarding fees and use it to save another homeless animal.

6. Many animal shelters and rescue groups can’t function without foster homes.

7. You might end up with a new family member.

Many foster families realize the animal they’re fostering is a perfect fit for their family. This is a happy ending for both the animal and humans. If you don’t foster, then you’ll never know what you’re missing. You might never meet that special pet that could add to your life.

8. The animal gets to live with your family rather than at a shelter.

Animals get stressed from shelter conditions. Shelters are noisy with limited one-on-one interaction. The animals don’t get enough exercise, training or socialization. With time, many dogs develop psychological issues as pent-up energy, frustration, aggression or boredom builds.

9. Any volunteering makes a person feel good.

Fostering an animal is a way to give back to your community. If you love animals, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a homeless animal.

10. It’s a way to help if you don’t have enough money to donate.

If you don’t have the money to donate to animal shelters and rescues, you can donate your time by fostering. Fosters play a very important part of our rescue. We can only pull or accept an animal in need into our rescue if they have somewhere to stay while we’re preparing and networking them for their forever home. Fosters are usually short term as we try to place them into their forever homes as soon as possible. You and your family can help a forgotten animal get back on its paws by becoming a foster care family! We need foster families to help care for dogs, moms with litters and special needs animals. By caring for an animal in need, in the comfort of your own home, you can give forgotten pets a second chance. You’ll be giving an animal a loving home environment until they go to their forever home – and you’ll have saved a life!

Interested in Fostering?

Volunteer Foster Parents provide temporary in-home care for animals that are not quite ready to find their forever homes, as well as providing palliative care for animals requiring a quiet, comfortable home for the remainder of their life.
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