Pet Shelter: Adopting and Fostering

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Are you one of those individuals who possess altruistic hearts and loves to take care of pets? For pet lovers, there’s nothing more enjoyable than spending time with animals. Taking care of them gives a sense of fulfillment that only individual can understand. Now, they can share their love for pets more to the ones who need it the most by adopting or fostering a pet from a pet shelter.


When a certain rescue group doesn’t have any vacant space for a newcomer or the rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter, they would find a foster home for pets to be taken care of temporarily while searching for an adoptive family. This is called fostering.

Pet Shelter: Adopting and Fostering

There is no perfect profile for a foster family but there are some things to consider before deciding whether you will volunteer in your local shelter as foster parents for pets. You may be asked to take care of the pet for a week to a month depending on the circumstances. Aside from feeding the pets, you need to take them for exercise, provide proper pet grooming at home and show them care. Time is of the essence with fostering a pet. With this, you may have to sacrifice an out of town vacation or weekend getaway to foster the pets. The pet shelter may shoulder expenses such as visits to vet, food, beddings, ID tags, crates, materials for grooming such as dog wash or cat shampoo. Before becoming a foster parent, ask what your financial responsibilities will be.

Pet Shelter: Adopting and Fostering

Types of Fostering

There are different types of fostering. Shelters need foster parents for puppies, kittens, animals needing medical care, or dogs with behavioral issues. You don’t have to cater all types of fostering. Though foster parents are needed in all categories, you have a choice as to what type you are willing to foster.

Giving Basic Needs to young Animals

The basic necessity of a human is the same as pets. They need food, shelter, be well-groomed and love. Young animals like puppies and kittens may need more care than the older ones. The environment must be suitable for growth and development and sometimes an overcrowded pet shelter is depressing for them. Foster homes are needed by these young animals to properly grow until they become ready for proper adoption.

Basic training on Temperament Issues

There’s more to fostering a pet, not just feeding them, taking them for a walk, or grooming. Sometimes fostering includes providing housetraining. Pets may have strange behaviors like chewing, or jumping on people. Foster parents may need to dedicate their time to break bad habits. So pets especially the dog, will learn to socialize.

Nursing a Pet Back to Good Health

The task involves giving medication at certain times of the day and providing pet bath regularly. If you have your own pets at home, it is best to separate them from your own pet especially if the disease is contagious. Check with your vet if you have any concerns for your own pet, before deciding to take an animal for a recovery.

Pet Shelter: Adopting and Fostering

Fostering is temporary. It may be enjoyable to both the pet and the foster parent but the relationship as foster parent has an end. Many foster pet parents become attached to the pets they temporarily foster and they might decide to adopt the pet permanently. It’s a good decision but there’s a downside for foster homes becoming adoptive homes permanently. If you have pets already aside from the foster pet that you have cared, you may not be able to foster another pet in the future due to the number of pets you now have. Thus, shelters lose foster families for incoming pets that may need one.


Most shelters require adopters to complete an application. Information on the adopter’s basic contacts, basic living conditions such as housing status, age and number of children in your family, number and type of pets, name and contact information of your veterinarian, lifestyle and expectations for a new pet. An informal consultation will be done in order for the shelter to know the compatibility with you and your preferred pet. During the process, the pet’s medical and behavioral records will be reviewed. It is during this time that policies and services are explained well to the adopters. They will guide you along the adoption process to ensure no confusion is met. When the adoption process is approved, the shelter will continue to support the newly adoptive pet and its family at home until the adoptive family can be on their own.

Each shelter and rescue group has different approaches to providing homes to animals, and organizations vary in the amount of detail they require. Preferably, the adoption process must be structured that consist an open conversation rather than close-ended questions. The goal is to give a fair interest for both the adopter and pet.

There are three common reasons why pet owners surrender their pets. These are landlord issues, moving of residential area, and cost of pet care. Many animals lose their homes due to these reasons. They weren’t ready to take in a pet. They have no money to invest for a pet and no time to care for it at all.

There are many rescue groups and shelters that have online sites which provide information regarding adoption. Make sure that if you want to adopt a pet you are committed to do so and you are ready financially. This will be a great help for animals who wanted to have permanent homes.

There’s no doubt that fostering and adopting helps many animals, shelters, and rescue groups to care for more pets. Fostering also helps in preventing overcrowding in shelters, decreasing the stress level of pets to a minimum. It also plays a big role in decreasing the euthanized pets. If you would participate in this program, you would be sharing your love to animals, humanity and society. Take your time and adopt a pet now.