How To Foster A Pet

So I just heard that my two latest fosters, Queenie and Delilah, were adopted, yay! I've been fostering with the Humane Society for a year and half now, and I still love it!  Before becoming a pet foster parent for the Humane Society, I was a pet owner who doted on her furbaby, although my 4.5lb chihuahua was definitely a handful for anyone outside of the family.  When he passed away, we were heartbroken.  I especially took his death hard and vowed I could never get another pet again.  It just hurt too much. 

However, two and a half years after his death, I found myself longing for the companionship of a pet, although I knew I couldn't own another one.  The pain was real.  Yet, I wanted to spend time with dogs and sought out friends with pets, parks where I knew pets would be, pet stores, and even doggy daycares.  I frequented these places for months as I started to think maybe I could let another pet into my heart.  But then reality set in.  I could not get another dog, it hurt!  But I needed to be around them.  I came to a perfect resolution that allowed me to be around the furry creatures whenever I wanted but not commit to another family member permanently.  I could help a pet in need and they could give me my fix of just having them around.  I would foster a pet!

Since I had never heard of fostering a pet until after the loss of my beloved baby, I needed to find out how to get the process started.  It couldn't have been easier!  Each shelter or pet facility is different, but my experience was easy.   Have you wondered what it would take to foster a pet? ll h Well here you go:

Steps To Fostering A Pet

1.  Find a pet shelter, animal control agency or facility that houses pets and aims to call adopt the pets out.  This can be a private or public place, and it can house domestic and/or exotic animals.  However, you will only be allowed to foster domestic animals.

2.  Visit the location and spend time with the animals.  It may even be a good idea to volunteer at the location to get a feel of how it runs.  Just ask at the front desk how to get started volunteering and that will get you started.

3.  Ask for an application to become a foster parent for the agency.  The application will tell you the steps you will go through.  Sometimes they include a home visit to make sure you have the room and accommodations to welcome a pet, sometimes it doesn't.  If there is a home visit, it's a good thing to have a fence around your home, but it's not a necessity.  Already having pet supplies is a plus as well, but again, not necessary.  (If you are accepted as a foster parent, the agency will give you everything you need to take care of your foster.)

4.  Attend the foster parent classes.  Once your application is approved, you will more than likely have to attend pet foster parent classes that show you how to take care of your new addition, even if you were a previous pet owner.  The agency will tell you how they do things and how they expect you to handle the dog/cat they entrust into your care. Pay attention!  This is how you are expected to care for the animal and may determine if you can keep fostering for the agency.

5.  Once you've passed your home visit, if there is one, and attended the foster parent classes, there may or may not be a test that you need to pass before you can foster.  The test will be over things that you learned in the class, and shouldn't be difficult if you have been taking the classes seriously.

6.  After passing the previous steps, you are ready to foster a pet.  You can choose what type of animal you want to foster (cat, dog), the size of the animal, even the color, and you can choose how long you want to foster the animal, too.  It's all on your schedule!

If you are considering adopting a pet, don't get overwhelmed.  It is not a difficult process.  And many animal shelters and organizations need help taking care of the animals so they are looking for pet foster parents.  Follow the steps above and help pets by fostering for any of the shelters and organizations in your area.  You can also help support pet shelters and organizations by purchasing these pet themed jewelry and accessories here.



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