by Vanessa Voltolina
If you are a serial pet foster parent, you likely know the rewarding feeling of helping out a pooch or cat in need while not breaking your own personal bank. The list is long when it comes to reasons why fostering an animal is fabulous.
If you’re a newbie to the pet fostering game, you may have heard that it’s a great way for potential owners to get their feet wet, and let pet parents to decide if adding another animal to the family is a positive decision. Among the many considerations when it comes to fostering, there are many, many more reasons why fostering at least one pet could not only be good for them, but you, too! Here, some of the most motivational reasons to foster.
Why Foster? 5 More Reasons
1. If you already have a dog, fostering can provide your pup with a companion and playmate. As you spend time with your foster dog, you can learn about canine behavior, grooming, and social interactions. It’s also a win-win when it comes to your current pet; if the foster animal isn’t a match, he won’t be yours indefinitely, but if your pet and the foster hit it off famously, you can consider making him part of your clan!
2. Larger organizations (think ASPCA and others of this caliber) provide foster caregivers with the food and supplies they need to take care of their foster animals. On a tight budget? This also includes all medical expenses for foster animals, including medication. If you’re a current pet owner, you know that these are big expenses. Foster parents get the benefits of enjoying time with their pets without the costs associated with dog ownership.
3. You increase the pet’s chance of being adopted. Now, the pet you are fostering has an advocate--you!-- to spread the word about how amazing she is. If she has some uncouth behaviors, you can take it upon yourself to try to teach her some better manners that will make her more adoption-friendly. Even if she’s a tough student, in your care a foster has a better chance of transforming into a well-trained, in-control pet.
4. Foster pets can help you gauge if you’re ready for another pet. It’s not always clear whether a second or third dog would fit in with your family. Sometimes, an additional dog is a disaster. On the other hand, it may be just what your family needs. With fostering, you have a chance to see whether or not another dog is right for your family
5. Your home beats a shelter.Not that shelters are terrible, awful places for pets, but dogs do get stressed from shelter conditions. Shelters are noisy with limited one-on-one interaction. Pooches usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to exercise, training and socializing. With time, many dogs develop psychological issues as pent-up energy, frustration, aggression or boredom builds. Your attention will mean the world to a dog of any age.
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