A great way to give back to your community, animals, and yourself is to foster a pet. Unfortunately, due to the space and limitations that animal shelters have, some animals are euthanized. Pet fostering dramatically lowers the chances of pets being euthanized. Fostering dogs and cats can also provide animals the temporary home they need to recover, rehabilitate, or to just be retrained, so they can become more prepared for future adoption. As you’re giving back, you get benefits too!
Three Reasons to Foster Animals
- Frees up space for other animals to be taken in by an animal shelter.
- By socializing the animal to a home environment, you are preparing them for adoption.
- You get a great sense of accomplishment after your foster pet finds a forever home.
It Feels Great to Help & Your Costs Are Minimal
Animals and the shelters aren’t the only ones that benefit from foster care. You too can benefit from taking care of an animal in need. Often times in our society, animals are the easiest beings to neglect, whether your community is overpopulated by animals, or just under funded. Having the opportunity to help even one pet find their way to a forever home is a rewarding experience.
If you’re worried about the additional costs that you can incur while fostering a pet, don’t worry! Most organizations will provide you with things that you need for the pet, like food, bedding, toys, collars, and medical care. When you foster a pet, you usually provide the most important parts of dog fostering or cat fostering, a home and love. Still worried about added expenses? Consider the fact that you might be able to get a tax deduction. Some of these expenses include, food and supplies, vet bills, and even supplies you’ve had to use to clean up after your pet (like paper towels). It’s a good idea to speak to your tax advisor to see which foster expenses is tax deductible.
Types of Animals that Need to be Fostered
There are many scenarios that require an animal to be fostered. Below are a few examples of why an animal may not be ready for adoption, and fostering can help them!
- An animal is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to be adopted.
- An animal that is recovering from surgery, an injury, or an illness needs a safe place to recuperate.
- An animal that has never lived in a home before and needs to be socialized and trained before being adopted into a permanent home.
For those foster parents who have considered about whether or not they are training the pet appropriately, or doing the right things in general, rest assured that the animal shelter is available for your support with questions and phone calls. You’re not in this alone!
What Goes Into Being A Foster Pet Parent?
Apart from providing support, love, and a home, there are some essential requirements.
- Minimum of fostering for two weeks.
- Have a schedule that allows the pet to not be left alone for long periods at a time.
- Pets must be housed indoors; although, of course, has the freedom to enjoy regular outdoor activities.
- Foster parents often have to spend time breaking bad habits, which can range from chewing problems, to being around others. Fostering a pet isn’t just about housing and feeding them. It’s often to help rehabilitate their behavior or to recover from medical issues.
SPCALA is a great organization if you’re interested in volunteering at the shelter or more importantly, if you’re looking to foster a pet today. Being a foster parent can be very rewarding for you, for animal shelters, and for the foster pets! To apply call (888) 772-2521 ext 255 or email SPCALA at volunteer@spcaLA.com.