Foster programs provide homes for thousands of adoptable animals every year throughout the county that could not be housed in a shelter or rescue due to space and resource limitations. Fostering is a great way to make a difference in the lives of each animal you take into you home and care for. My husband and I have fostered several animals over the years. We have found fostering a way to help out our shelter and give back to the community. We also find fostering to be rewarding, knowing you helped save an animal.
Generally animals in Foster Care Programs are too young to be adopted or need specialized care. Fostering requires a flexible schedule and a commitment to the animals in your care. When fostering expect to feed the animal at least twice a day, if you have a kitten/cat, litter boxes will need to be scooped at least twice a day also. And of course you’ll need to have play time with the animals. The minimum time is around two hours per day although the more time you can spend the better.
Although fostering can seem like a lot of work it is a very rewarding experience. You get to watch animals grow into confident, well adjusted family pets. You also get to have the fun of being with several animals knowing you have saved the lives of each animal you have fostered.
Next time I’ll go into more detail about fostering a kitten/cat.