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Fostering is a rewarding experience.

To foster is to rescue.

You don't need experience to be a foster parent! Just love in your heart and the desire to help. Every time a new foster parent steps forward and says, "I want to help!", it means a life has been saved. Your job is an important one. Many of our foster parents have children, cats and dogs of their own, so don't let a busy home life deter you from helping. The cats need you!

Fostering is an ideal activity for people that love animals but cannot commit to having a lifelong pet. In fact, every additional foster parent that animal rescue groups can get represents in most cases the difference between life and death for animals abandoned in the streets, or removed from a life of abuse and neglect.

Aside from regular day-to-day care (feeding, grooming, exercise), the responsibilities of a foster home may include basic training (housetraining, walking on leash, etc); behavior modification (to correct problems such as jumping, mouthing, barking, destructive chewing, dashing through doors, etc); socialization and temperament evaluation (to determine whether the dog or cat is good with different types of people and other animals); medical care (dispensing medication, taking the animal to vet appointments), and of course plenty of playtime and snuggling.


Rescue ranges from puppies to seniors
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Companion pets in need of rescue range in age from puppies to seniors, with the majority in the 2-5 year old range. Many times pregnant females will come into shelter when they are close to delivering their puppies. They come in ever breed and colo. Dogs are neutered or spayed before they are placed into foster homes. Sometimes, the spay or neuter will be scheduled shortly after a dog is placed into a foster home so that they can recover in the peacefulness of a home, unless there is a medical reason for waiting.


Foster care is essential to the success of a rescue organizations.

Many animal rescue groups do not have a shelter, so they depend on the help of rescuers and foster parents to take care of kittens, cats, puppies and dogs until they are adopted. The more foster parents they have, the bigger the number of abandoned and/or neglected animals they can help. In fact, a shelter is not a good option in many ways because dogs and cats can lose touch with being in a home environment. Hereafter, a network of foster homes can take a dog or cat in and give them the care and training they need: the one that can only be accomplished at home.

Fostering also bridges the gap between total abandonment and a permanent home. Just think of a shelter dog’s day: they can be in their cage (without human contact) for more than 18 hours. If you multiply that by how many days they can be at the shelter, then the risk with a long-term dog or cat is that they lose touch and exposure to a loving home, interacting with people and even with other pets.

It is a hugely rewarding experience to give an abandoned and/or mistreated animal a second chance to recover its health, as well as to provide him with love and affection while he/she is waiting to get a permanent loving home. The most amazing thing is that rescued animals respond to your care with lots of love—they cannot talk, but certainly they show how much they appreciate all your efforts. Fostering a dog or cat may seem like a formidable task, but it is a very tangible way to make a difference.

Everyone benefits: the foster parent gets to spend time with a special dog or cat, while an animal rescue group gets valuable help with rescued animals. The foster dog or cat gets a break from a very hard life of abandonment and neglect, and a second chance at becoming a cherished pet. Then, the new owners get a dog or cat that is better adapted to home life, and therefore has a better chance of remaining in the new home forever.


Foster homes heal the mind and body.

Pets reduce stress and anxiety! According to some studies, interacting with a dog or cat is a profound and effective stress reducer. It increases feelings of contentment and relaxation. Not for nothing dogs are described as man’s best friend! (even though for some people this applies to their cats!). Walking and/or playing with a pet is an effective mean of spending quality time at home, make exercise, reduce stress and anxiety, forget about the problems of the day—and to give your foster cat or dog lots of love, exercise and entertainment! Please consider to be a foster parent—abandoned animals will appreciate your help with all their hearts!

Animal rescue organizations and animal shelters always need more foster parents. For you it is a great way to have a “temporary” pet if you cannot adopt, or want to have a furry companion in general or if your own pet needs a friend to play and have company. By being a foster parent you get a companion and help save an animal at the same time!  Some rescue organizations also need “special care” foster parents who are willing to take in sick animals or animals that require bottle feeding on a regular basis every day.

Animal rescue organizations are always grateful to foster parents because it takes dedication, time and love. When you see a five-day old kitten or puppy survive because of the efforts that foster parents make, it is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment!

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Remember, more foster homes means the ability to rescue more animals in need.