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5 Things you need to know about pet fostering and how to get started

Pet Fostering

Being a foster parent has some responsibilities to take.

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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Customer Reviews

Deise W August 2023

I'm so glad I found this clinic, we had a great experience here. We needed certificates for travelling with our cats, and they were very helpful with every detail. The staff and doctors are kind and understanding, and they were so careful and lovely with our cats. Also, prices are fair.

Sahil Sharma August 2023

Only place I will ever take my boy, trustworthy, professional and most importantly, caring

MG Gamil August 2023

My puppy Lillie was very very sick, I called 12 emergency vet hospitals between Toronto downtown (where we live) all the way to missesauga, no one would give me a same day appointment, no matter how much I explained that my dog was bleeding out and nearly dying. I called Truscott hospital and the soonest appointment they had opened was two days later, when I explained my dog situation, they told me to bring her on spot and made space for her due to her condition. Once we got there EVERYONE was amazing starting from the reception people all the way to the junior and senior doctors. Though they had to insert her in the middle of thief very busy schedule, They still took very good care of her, and made the time to talk to me and explain everything. Unlike other places money was the last thing they spoke about and they were very flexible and explain to me how we can save my dog which they did at the end.. it’s not a surprise that they are rated 4.9 out of 5, this is the most humane hospital and they truly love and care about animals. Very very very highly recommend. In three days, my puppy started again, chasing squirrels and pigeons in the Park, and is now back to her normal self as before..

I’m glad I had the money to cover the needed fees, but I imagine that, even if I didn’t, they would have still taken care of her and allowed me to pay over a couple of weeks, I’m just assuming that, because how amazing they were and how human they were, but I don’t know if that’s a thing.

taz naf August 2023

Great place. Easy service. Lots of reminders for appointments. Definitely recommend.

Hope R August 2023

Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff. They truly care about your pet.

Antonelle Sillius August 2023

My friend has been going to Truscott animal hospital with their Dog for a very long time and recommended that I take my dog there. So we drove from Oshawa to see Med and honestly it was so worth the drive! I felt so comfortable there with my dog and I felt that he was very informative and took the time to answer my questions and fully explain things to me. His prices are fair and I loved that he was very understanding of my circumstances where as I felt like other vets in my area would judge me and would rush me in and out, would try to get me to pay for more than I needed and would be over priced and make me feel guilty if I didnt. But not Med he was was very cheerful and kind and put my mind at ease and only did what was necessary for my dog at the time and didn’t make me feel pressured in any way. I would highly recommend Truscott Animal Hospital!

Darrin Legere August 2023

The man is a dog whisperer for real. Extremely talented, genuine and fair. Best vet I've ever used, by far!!

Thilini Silva June 2023

Amazing service! My Bengal cats Ace & Billy got the best treatments and most of all, they really care 💙

Arc Designs August 2023

The staff is very friendly and knowledgable. We just started coming here and so far we are pleased with their services. The Vets are extremely gentle and compassionate with our geriatric dog.

Eman Ibrahim August 2023

I had a great experience with Dr. Mowaad over the past year. He is always there for my lovely dog. His bedside manners are great. He even calls us after the clinic hours to make sure everything is fine. Great customer service
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