As we are approaching the holiday season, one particular trend seems to be on the rise. Animal shelters and rescue organizations begin to experience a dramatic increase in lost or abandoned dogs and cats entering the shelter. While many reasons exist as to why this happens, from families unable to adequately pay for pet care or holiday travel making pet ownership less appealing, the reality is that shelters across the country are overwhelmed. Opening one’s home for a pet in need is a fantastic way to give back to the community, show love for a once unwanted animal, and give oneself the experience of pet ownership without the full commitment.
Almost every local area animal shelter near you provides options to become a foster parent. This entails having a house adequate for the dog to safely roam in, a spacious enough garden with proper fencing to ensure that the dog doesn’t wander away, and plenty of time during the day to socialize and care for the pet. Dog fostering would be especially ideal for those who work from home or perhaps hold a part-time job outside of the home. The key aspects of canine fostering are helping the dog acclimate to family life, develop the dog’s personality and confidence, and properly socialize the pet to make adoption an achievable outcome.
An article written by petfinder.com outlines the various steps necessary to becoming a pet foster parent. A thorough check-list summarizes all the major points one must consider before taking on the role of foster parent. Additionally, frequently asked questions are provided to ask the rescue organizations prior to bringing the pet in the home from “Who is financially responsible for the dog’s food, microchip, and other various needs?” to “Are you responsible for training the dog and if so, to what level?” It’s important to cover all the bases to ensure that one is fully prepared. Be honest with your expectations and discuss with the shelter or rescue group which breed of dog best suits your lifestyle and personality.
Choosing to become a pet foster parent gives once unwanted and unloved dogs a chance at a life with a loving home and family. Giving one’s love, time, and attention are immeasurable gifts to a dog in need.