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

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April 12, 2019

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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In addition to the fact that all the team is friendly and caring, they are also have a professional clinical experience and approach

Maria J July 2022

I just started visiting Dr. M this year with my 3 dogs. He is honest and upfront and loves all animals! We just went through a 2 month process of trying to get a scratch on my dog’s eye healed without having to visit the eye specialist ($$$$$$$$$). All of Dr. M’s hard work paid off and she is now scratch and cone free! All staff is super friendly and I’ve been to MANY vets, this one is a keeper! Thank you guys for everything!

Caroline Ai July 2022

the vet was probably just a little rough with my hamster but everything went well! It hasnt been 24h since my hamster took the medicine but he seems to be getting better so im happy

Brian Medeiros July 2022

Excellent and affordable vet that goes out of their way to help you and your pet. My first experience went from initial visit to address a bite wound and ended with a successful same day surgery and recovery within a week. Couldn’t be happier and they were the best priced option and significantly cheaper then our pets previous long term vet.

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Aida B. Daher July 2022

Dr. Medhat and his staff are beyond wonderful. They literally saved my cat's life with around the clock care. I dont have enough words to express my gratitude towards them. Not only do they go above and beyond for our little companions but also they provide the best service. I will be forever grateful for knowing Dr. Medhat!! Thank you for everything!! I highly recommend the clinic and the amazing staff!

Kiran Tiwana July 2022

I’ve been looking for a clinic to take my cat to for a very long time and I am so grateful that I got recommended here. The staff and Dr. Medhat Meawad are fantastic and very caring people. I was super nervous taking my cat to a vet but they made the experience for my cat and I great! My cat is very nervous around new people but was so calm and comfortable with them as they were super friendly and treated him like their own. The service was very professional and affordable. Very happy and definitely recommend Truscott Animal Hospital! Thank you Dr.Medhat and staff!

Elameer Labib July 2022

Best animal clinic we've been too, amazing staff. Thank you Dr. Medhat for being so gentle and caring with Oreo.

Marina's World July 2022

Amazing staff, super friendly service and can tell you how much they love animals, thank you so much dr Medhet for everything you did for my 🐕 dog

Hiranniya Yoga July 2022

I’ve brought my 4 cats to Truscott for the past three years - and I recently got a puppy and she also now goes to Truscott Yes they sometimes take long at appointments- because they’re dealing with a pet emergency and appointments are looked after next. I mean if my pet ever had an emergency, OFC I would want my babies looked after before a routine appointment. So idk how people can complain about the wait times - if anything it goes to show how much they prioritize their clients emergencies. And the staff here are the sweetest - their diagnoses have been 100% accurate and my puppy literally LOVES coming to the vet (even after all the vaccinations lol she loves the Drs. And staff here😅 I even moved out of mississauga but I still come here because I haven’t found another trustworthy vet like them.

Point is - if you want a RELIABLE, HONEST, CARING vet - come to Truscott. Your pets will thank you🐶🐱❤️