If you’re not sure you can devote a few years to a pet, why not consider fostering one instead? Being put in the temporary care of a fosterer gives the pet the opportunity to receive the love, care and attention they deserve whilst we find them in their furever home.
A loving temporary home is a much better place than a shelter for a pet who is waiting to be adopted and fostering is a great opportunity for you to have a pet and help with shelter overpopulation!
Benefits of Fostering Pets
As you can imagine… fostering pets is a win-win situation that benefits everyone involved.
- First, it helps the Hanna SPCA maintain levels of animals and accept more animals.
- Secondly, it allows the pets to live in a real home while they wait for adoption.
- And, third, foster parents can enjoy the joy and pleasure of helping a pet in need.
Other amazing benefits for the animal…
- It increases its chance of getting adopted. Since foster families can learn more about the pet’s personality, they can teach them house manners and other behavioral tricks to help them get adopted faster.
- Improves the pet’s social skills: many abandoned pets have been without a human family for months or even years. Fearfulness that shows up as aggressiveness is very common. But, being in contact with humans and strangers will help your foster pet learn how to socialize.
- Save an animal’s life.
Who typically becomes a pet Foster Parent?
People from all walks of life become pet fosterers. Students who can’t commit to a lifelong pet; retirees who love pets but want to travel; families who want to make a difference; people without a pet of their own or people who can welcome an additional pet into their lives. The only typical thing about foster parents is their love of pets.
What does it take to be a good Foster Parent?
A good foster parent will generally be able to offer the following:
- Patience. Though many pets are re-homed through no fault of their own, they may be apprehensive about their new surroundings and show some negative behaviors, including house-soiling, destructive tendencies, or shyness. A good foster parent will be willing to work with the animal to bring out its best attributes, and help it overcome any problems stemming from a broken past.
- The ability to avoid becoming attached.Some foster parents do end up adopting the pets in their care, however it is important to remember that fostering is meant to be temporary.
- Time and commitment.Though it is fun and rewarding, caring for a foster animal is hard work. It can be difficult to predict a homeless animal’s needs, and so it is important that prospective fosterers are able to devote a consistent amount of time to their care.
What challenges might I face as a foster parent?
For most people, the hardest part of fostering is saying goodbye. You should consider that some fostering situations could carry on for months, and during that time you may form a strong bond with your foster pet.
It is important to always remember that fostering is meant to help as many animals as possible… and that the aim of your role is to help your foster pet move on to his furever home so he has a second chance at life.
You might not have a say in where your foster pet ultimately ends up, but you do have the ability to make a difference in his/her quality of life. Without foster parents, many more needy animals would have nowhere to go.
Remember that letting go of this one enables you to save another life.
Bottom Line: Hosting a foster pet at your home can save a life and provide you with the joy of helping an adorable pet. The levels of gratitude and satisfaction you’ll get from helping a pet in need are impossible to undermine.
We’d love to hear from you regarding fostering or adopting a pet from the Hanna SPCA It’s best to call first and make an appointment to visit, and to provide us with any information you think will help us to understand the home you have to offer to a new pet. Our number is (403) 854-3700.
All of our rescue animals are fully vet-checked, spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and will have at least their first vaccination!
Check out our website at www.hannaspca.com and see some of our amazing cats looking for their fur-ever homes.