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Fostering a Pet, is it Right for You?

Fostering a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences but it’s not necessarily for everyone. It is an emotional experience and one that could ultimately change your life. Taking in a shelter pet is extremely good for their health because it gives them the chance to recover from the stress of being kenneled and it also gives them a chance to work on their behavior problems before bringing them into their forever home. You should also know you are giving the shelter much needed space for animals coming in so that they don’t get overcrowded if they aren’t already.

By involving yourself in the adoption process you could possibly be saving that pet from eventually being euthanized. If the shelter has extra help advertising the animals that need to be adopted their chances of finding a home may increase. Some possible methods of finding an adopted home could include:

  • Hanging posters at the shelter, local community center, etc.

    Siamese cats are among the most common runaway pets found in animal shelters. Photo Courtesy of The International Cat Association.

  • Attending adoption events
  • Putting an ad online or in the newspaper
  • Spreading the word via Facebook or Twitter

Before taking in a foster pet you should consider a couple things. It can be emotionally draining and time consuming. Chances are if you are taking in a shelter pet you have a passion for animals and could get easily attached to this new companion. When the time comes to let them go to their new home be aware that it is going to be hard. Knowing that they are going to a good place will help you get through the process. Depending on the foster pet you can become faced with new responsibilities. You may have vet appointments to schedule, training sessions, or timely potty training.

If you have the spare time and are interested in taking in a foster pet, ask yourself a few questions first:

  • What type of animal bests suits your lifestyle?
  • Do you prefer a specific breed or are you open to any breed?
  • Do you have the resources needed to train them?
  • Can you have the strength to say goodbye?

Have you fostered a pet before? What was your experience?

About Amber @Trupanion

Amber is a full time student at the University of Washington and she is studying Media and Communications. She is a senior at the UW and is very excited to be getting valuable interning experience at Trupanion. Amber is the proud owner of two Yorkshire Terriers, Lola and Willy. Amber and her two dogs like to do activities outdoors such as hiking, going to the park or simply relaxing in the sun.

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