Are you an animal lover with oodles of patience and lots of attention and care to give? Consider fostering.
You might be wondering, “Why should I foster a pet for a short time when I could just keep him forever?” The logic behind fostering is that shelters are often filled to the brim with stray or rescued pets and cannot always give the proper attention every animal deserves. By acting as a foster parent, you provide necessary care and training and give a pet a home instead of a small space in a shelter.
We recently spoke with Pam Nichols, DVM, AAHA board member and owner of AAHA-accredited Animal Care Center in West Bountiful, Utah, who gave us some tips on fostering dos and don’ts.
DO work with a rescue that will assist with finances. While many organizations will provide for basic needs—think food, medication, and other supplies—it is important to understand how additional expenses will be covered.
“Most abandoned and neglected dogs have a few problems that may have led up to relinquishment,” Nichols said. “Be prepared for the expense or at least have a plan.”
DO reward desirable behavior. Part of your duty as a foster parent is training and socializing. Help your foster...