This has been a difficult year, to say the least. However, there have been a few bright spots in the last few months in the animal world. One ‘pawsitive’ development is the fact that more people than ever are volunteering to foster pets. This is a wonderful way to both help animals in need and support our local community! A Goodyear, AZ vet discusses fostering pets in this article.
There are some great benefits to fostering. First and foremost, it’s a way to help pets in need. Fostering can also be a very rewarding experience. It’s a beautiful feeling to watch a pet blossom and grow! This year really is a perfect time to foster, as so many families are staying home so much. Spending time with a cute pet will help you make the most of that time. Finally, unlike adoption, it’s a short term commitment.
Finding a Foster
Fosters are needed for a variety of reasons. In some cases, help is needed in caring for young animals that need round-the-clock attention. There are also situations where pets need to be socialized and/or trained before being put up for adoption. Other animals may need to recuperate from illness or injury.
Things to Consider
There are quite a few things to consider before deciding to foster. Space and budget are two big ones. If you have other pets, factor them in as well. Not all of our furry friends will be pleased to find themselves with a new roommate! If you have children, you’ll also want to think about that. Older children may be able to help with things like feeding and brushing the pet. This can actually be a very educational and rewarding experience. Kids and pets also make great playmates and cuddle buddies. However, children may also have a hard time letting go of pets they’ve bonded to.
The point of fostering is to care for a pet until they’re ready for their forever home. However, it can be difficult to say goodbye when the time comes. Needless to say, some people end up adopting their fosters. Hence the term ‘foster fail.’ It definitely isn’t a bad thing when this happens. We’re always thrilled to see pets going to great forever homes.
Please contact us, your local Goodyear, AZ animal clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We’re here to help!