BECOMING A FOSTER
Fostering animals is, simply put, saving lives. When you become a foster parent, you volunteer to keep a homeless pet in your home temporarily until they go to a forever home or can be taken into an animal shelter. Tired Dog Rescue rely on foster homes. We run entirely through foster care.
You may be asked to foster a dog from two weeks to two months or more, depending on the circumstances. Foster parents don’t need to be home 24 hours a day, but you might have to postpone that weekend getaway or family vacation if you’re asked to take care of an animal for a while.
You may be asked to work with a dog on some basic training and temperament issues. There’s more than just feeding, exercise, and grooming involved with a foster dog. Some might need to be house trained. Others may have problems with chewing, or jumping on strangers. Foster parents may need to devote time to breaking bad habits so a dog can be socialized. If a dog has a chewing problem, make preparations in advance–don’t leave shoes, clothes, or other important items around.
You might be asked to nurse a dog back to health. It could require giving them medication at certain times of the day or perhaps bathing them periodically. If you have pets at home, you may have to keep them separated if the foster dog is contagious. Before taking in an animal that’s recovering from an illness or disease, check with your vet if you have concerns about your own pets.
For many foster parents, the single biggest concern is falling in love, especially if you already have pets at home. It’s admirable, but as experts point out, it’s not always the best thing. If you adopt a pet that you’re fostering, you might have reached your limit of household pets and not be able to accept any others. That’s one less foster home for us to rely on. More than one dog is too many for some people. You have to keep in mind, if I adopt this dog, can I keep on fostering?
What’s the financial commitment for a family? The rescue will pay for vet visits and medications and can sometimes provide for other necessities if requested. Before becoming a foster parent, ask what your financial responsibilities will be.
Please consider becoming a foster parent
By taking just one needy rescue animal into your home, you are making the difference between life and death. Your commitment creates a space for us to take another dog or cat out of the shelter and save another life.
8 Reasons Why You Should Foster Animals
Foster families are usually the first to find out about the pet’s personality. You may even be the first to teach your foster pet basic house manners, making them more appealing to potential adopters.
The more animals your pets come in contact with, the better they are at dealing with stress and getting used to strangers. Your pet might even find a playmate in your foster pet.
Maybe you want to foster a certain dog breed to see if you’re ready to adopt one, or you want to see if adding another dog into your household will upset the balance. Or maybe you want a new pet now, but aren’t sure where you’ll be in the next 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. Though fostering is not a trial adoption period for that pet, it can help you try out changes to your current “fur family.”
If you’ve already got a dog, it’s not a big change to add one more pup to your daily walks and potty break schedule. Knowing the foster animal will only be with you for a short time makes it easier to find the time to take care of them, and it also makes it easier to give them up when it’s time.
A spare bedroom, office, or screen porch is the perfect place for a foster pet. Even a bathroom is enough room for a puppy, and it’s much larger than a cage in a shelter. Sometimes a spare room is the only thing standing between an animal and euthanasia in an animal control facility.
Only want to foster bulldogs? Prefer to look after puppies? Can’t foster for more than a few months at a time? We can accommodate your requests, as long as you agree to it beforehand and give us plenty of notice about changes.
As wonderful as animal shelters are, they can be stressful from the lack of quiet, training, and exercise. And there’s nothing like the love and warmth of a family! Animals in foster care tend to be less stressed, better socialized, and have a lower chance of getting sick than animals in shelters.
You feel good, we are able to help more animals, and your foster pet is happy, healthy, and well-socialized. Talk about win-win-win!