Top 7 reasons to foster a shelter pet over the holidays! (and there’s a giveaway too!)
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Foster a shelter pet. Make a difference
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
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. 🙂
It helps you to “give” 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!
Simon , Lila and Piper (clockwise from bottom)
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!