Sunday, March 1, 2009

Being a Foster Parent


1. Companionship without a lifetime commitment.

2. Animals that have endured hardship can benefit greatly from a loving home.

3. Fostering provides a great lesson in compassion to children and it’s a wonderful, life-affirming experience.

4. If you have one or more dogs or cats, one more won’t make a difference to you, but it sure will make a difference to the foster animal who otherwise might not have a second chance at life.

5. Fostering increases the likelihood of adoption. When the dog/cat you’ve fostered is loved and accepted in its forever home it is because of the love you’ve given them!

6. Increased "human interaction" greatly helps foster animals who often come from neglectful or abusive situations, and lets not forget what "pet interaction" can do for you by lowering your blood pressure, reducing stress, and giving you a real sense of self-worth.

7. You undoubtedly will get attached but when you meet the new family that's ready to provide a permanent home for the dog/cat you’ve fostered you’ll feel more than satisfied to see him/her move on to a new life.

8. Its fun!

9. You’re able to share with your foster animal what a life filled with love should be.

10. More foster homes means more animals’ lives will be spared from pounds and kill shelters. Only a small fraction of animals impounded every year are rescued from the terrible fate of euthanasia. FOSTERING IS A REAL WAY TO SAVE A LIFE!


Anonymous said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and love it. I can totally relate to all of it! I am also in dog rescue in Prescott AZ and run into many of the same issues.
I just copied your 10 reasons to foster and put your blog address with it and sent it to my 350 animal contacts. We need fosters in a bad way and maybe if these 10 reasons are out there people might step up.
Thanks for writing so we in animal rescue don't feel alone!
United Animal Friends
Prescott AZ

Jamie said...

A friend sent me this, and I am too a foster for Basset's and Bloodhounds, so I am going to post on my blog as well and send a link to your blog.