Top 7 reasons to foster a shelter pet over the holidays! (and there’s a giveaway too!)

Hi. My name is Alison and, in the interest of being completely transparent, let me start be saying, “I am an enabler.” Especially when we are talking about bringing shelter pets home for the holidays! If I do my enabling well, you will rush to the nearest shelter as soon as you finish reading this post to sign up to foster a pet for the holidays. πŸ˜‰ 
I’m pretty sure some of you caught that little mention of an “awesome giveaway.” Let me say that in the spirit of the holiday season, it’s time to spread a little holiday cheer, celebrate all that we are thankful for and maybe perform a few extra random acts of kindness such as saying “Thank you” to our readers by getting together with some of our favorite fellow pet bloggers for a falala-fabulous holiday giveaway!

Enter to win on all 10 participating blogs!!

Joining us in the fun for this year Paws & Santa Claws Holiday Giveaway are: 

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So I may have mentioned that I am an enabler. I am the wrong person to ask if you want someone to talk you out of fostering or adopting a pet. I work in a shelter and often have office fosters (a gateway if there ever was one!) like Lila. 

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Lila’s first day as my office foster.

Give a shelter animal a break from the stress of the shelter.

Shelters do the best they can to keep animals happy and healthy but the shelter is a scary and stressful place no matter how dedicated the staff and volunteers are, or how nice the shelter may be. Giving an animal a place to decompress for a couple of weeks can help them relax and find a little peace away from the noise and the chaos of the shelter environment. Committing to foster a pet over the holidays also has the added benefit of de-stressing your life as you slow things down and focus on your house guest. As you can see, Lila was REALLY struggling to settle in her first night as a foster in our house πŸ˜‰

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Learn more about how a potential new pet will work in your current home dynamic

Perhaps you’re considering adding a pet to your home but you’re unsure how a dog or cat (or ANOTHER dog or cat) might fit into your family routine. Fostering is a fantastic way to get a feel for how a new pet might work. It gives you a chance to see how everyone gets along before committing fully. 

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Helps the shelter learn more about the animal and how they might be in a home which increases their adoptability

Unfortunately, most animals enter shelters without a complete, or even partial history. Shelter staff may know very little about an animal and the shelter environment doesn’t always allow an animal’s true personality to shine through. We often don’t have answers to questions such as, “Does this dog ride well in  a car?”, “Are there signs of separation anxiety?”, “Is the dog house broken or crate trained?” Time in a foster home can provide invaluable information to adoption staff in making good matches.

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Lila rides beautifully in the car!

Help a shelter pet learn new manners and get some training to help it be more adoptable 

Even a couple of weeks in your home learning a routine and basic commands like “sit” or “leave it” can have a huge impact on increasing an animal’s chances of being adopted from the shelter. Providing a soft place for a shy and fearful dog to land for a short time or getting a high energy dog out for a couple of weeks on your morning run can make a difference in how that animal behaves at the shelter.


Does this really need any further explanation? Free snuggles. Enough said. πŸ™‚

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It helps you to β€œgive” even when you’re strapped for cash

Most shelters and rescue will provide everything you need to foster a pet including food, medicine, crates, toys, treats, training tools, resources and more. All you need to do is open your home and your heart to an animal in need. I promise you, giving your time and your attention to an animal in need is invaluable!


If you’re lucky, it’ll be a love match.

I know a lot of people dislike the term “foster fail” but I’ve always said, “If I’m going to fail at anything, I’ll gloriously fail at fostering” I’ve fostered three times and “failed” twice, which is how both Piper and Lila joined my crazy crew!

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Simon , Lila and Piper (clockwise from bottom)

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Lila’s first day as an official member of the family (November 20, 2017)


Now, go ahead and enter the giveaway and then head to your favorite shelter to fill out a foster application! If you do foster for the holidays, please let us know how it goes!


Paws & Santa Claws Holiday Giveaway

Remember how I said that this is the time of year to give? Well I’m giving you a way to increase your odds of winning one of these great prizes! Visit each of the participating blogs listed above. You can enter the giveaway on each of those blogs, and remember, the more you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Just be sure to get entered on each of the participating blogs by next Thursday night, November 30, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
One β€œfinalist” will be randomly selected from each of the 10 participating blogs. All of the finalists’ names will go into a drawing, and 3 winners will be randomly selected to receive the prizes listed above. The winners will be announced on Sarcastic Dog Facebook page next Friday, December 1st. Be sure you’re following us over there there so you don’t miss out! Good luck!
No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents age 18 and older, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from November 24-30, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Three (3) winners will be randomly selected and notified via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Twitter and Pinterest do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Participants must read and agree to Gleam’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion. By entering this contest, participants grant permission for their email address to be added to Sarcastic Dog newsletter list.
Each participating blogger paid an entry fee which will be used to fund the grand prize. The 2nd and 3rd place prizes were generously donated by the participating brands. Please be sure to visit their websites to see all the incredible pet products they have to offer.