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Truscott animal hospital is one of Mississauga’s animal hospitals, we believe that Helping is a noble thing to do, but lending a hand to helpless ones is noblest. One of the helpless creatures we might think of are pets who need to be fostered. They are vulnerable and defenseless and thus need much attention and care. They say, foster a pet and save a life. Yes, nothing is more fulfilling for a pet lover than rescuing them, giving shelter to homeless pets, and providing the utmost care and love they needed until they are ready for adoption.
What are the things you need to consider first before you foster a pet? If you are a pet lover, fostering a pet might seem easy. But more is required than just being a pet lover. This article will discuss all you need to know about pet fostering and how to get started.
If you are a pet lover, you might think you are ready enough to foster one. But how ready are you? Try to know your purpose and intention of fostering a pet. If you’re thinking of caring for a pet but are not yet ready for a lifelong commitment, then fostering a pet might be a good start. Fostering a pet is also good for those who already have a pet at home but would want to know how does their pet react to having another companion.
1- Being a foster parent has some responsibilities to take. After all, fostering means nurturing and giving parental care to pets. First, you need to provide for their needs, enough food, a safe environment, administer medicine every time their sick, or even bring them to a veterinary clinic when they need it. Though at times, some shelter or rescue groups provide for the pets’ basic needs, this still entails you should be ready enough to provide for what they need.
Truscott Animal Hospital will be a great partner for foster parents out there. We cater to all your pet care needs for your fostered pet ensuring you give them the utmost care. This includes complete services like up-to-date vaccination, dental cleaning, grooming, general health care, and all other necessary pet care. Rest assured, we provide the best yet affordable pet care to better serve you.
2- Aside from the basic needs, you should have enough time for them and be ready to socialize with the pet you foster. Through this, you will have the chance to get to know their personality. This might include training at home to test their obedience and hone their skills. Once you’ve known their characters and behaviors, you should be ready to share that information with the rescue group where you got your pet. This might also include speaking with possible adopters of the pets to determine if they can be the best parent for the pet you fostered.
3- Now if you think you got what it takes to be a foster parent, the next to consider is your home.
- Is your home a friendly and safe environment for a pet?
- Do you have enough space for them, especially if you already have your pet?
- Are your family members compassionate enough and supportive of your advocacy of fostering a pet? The kind of environment you provide will largely affect their development.
4- Shelter and rescue groups and organizations also have their own rules and policies in terms of fostering pets. Make sure you are ready and willing to abide by these regulations. Though you are free to choose what kind of pet you want to foster, usually they will also take into consideration some factors to help them decide what kind of pet suits you as a pet parent.
5- Unlike adopting a pet, fostering a pet is temporary and might last for a few months depending on their progress. Remember that you have to return them to the organization where you got them once they are stabilized and ready for adoption. Thus before fostering a pet, make sure to get ready with your emotions. Even if they just stay with you for a while, you will develop an emotional attachment with them. Thus, the principle of letting go is needed. Be ready for some needed strength as you slowly detach from them. Though this might hurt you, just keep in mind that your pain will outgrow the stability and permanence they will soon experience with their lifetime parent and home.
Fostering a pet will not pay you despite the challenges you will undergo caring for a pet, not of your own. It even entails financial and emotional expenditures. But it gives you a feeling of satisfaction seeing how the pet you fostered progressed and transformed from a once vulnerable, weak one into an active and adorable one. Best of all, saving the lives of these lovable creatures will always be rewarding.
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