Maybe you’re ready to become a pet parent, but in your own special way. Shelters all over offer foster parents. Fostering, involves a person taking in one animal up to a litter of puppies/kittens. These supporters are one of the backbones to saving more animals from overcrowding, euthanizing, anxiety and other risk. Foster parents engage in their community by relieving some stress from the shelter of their choosing. According to ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year and each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized. These numbers have declined since 2011, and we can thank our foster parents, adoptive parents, rescue teams, and volunteers for the support and all the help they have provided each and every shelter.
Fostering is a good idea
- If you’re looking for a way to help an animal in need
- If you are trying to find the right breed for yourself and your home
- If you work flexible hours
- If you have a suitable home
How to become a foster parent:
- Take a look at your living situations and see if you're financially and physically able to foster.
- Contact your local shelter about their fostering programs that they offer.
- Complete the application process.
- Visit the shelter and see which animal you would like to foster.
- Prepare your home for your new foster.
The cost of fostering is very minimal, it requires time and patience.Most shelters provide you with food, medical services, and toys for your new foster. This is one of the advantages of fostering over adopting. In some cases, if you do happen to pay for any of your fosters expenses you could be eligible for a tax deduction, this would be something to discuss with the shelter you're helping.