June is National Foster A Pet Month! Have you ever considered fostering a pet? This can be a great way to help animals in need! In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA discusses fostering pets.
There are many reasons for pets to need foster care. In some cases, pets need to be nursed back to health after having been rescued from bad situations. Very young puppies and kittens may need more care than shelters are able to offer. Pets may also need fostering because their owners are sick, or deployed with the military or national guard. There are also animal rescues and charities that don’t have physical buildings. These count on volunteers to help care for their furry wards. Last but not least, this is a great way to help your local community.
Fostering does offer some great benefits. First and foremost, helping an animal in need feels great. It’s also a wonderful way to help your local community. Plus, it’s a much shorter commitment than adoption. This makes fostering a great option for those who aren’t ready to sign on for years—or even decades—of being a pet parent. You may find it to be a very rewarding experience. And, if you’re working from home, or your kids are home from school, this can also be comforting and educational. It’s a truly beautiful thing to watch pets grow and blossom with love, patience, and great care!
Before signing on to foster, there are some things to consider. Your budget, household, health, and lifestyle are all factors. If you have other pets, young children, or senior citizens in your home, consider them as well. Finally, ask yourself if you’ll be able to say goodbye when the time comes. As you probably know, people and pets can bond very quickly. Of course, it’s not exactly a bad thing when people end up adopting their foster pets, although it does somewhat defeat the purpose.
Have you decided to foster? Reach out to local animal shelters and rescues. You may need some training before getting started. An interview and/or house check may also be in order.
Please contact Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA, your local vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!