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Fostering a Pet
June 1, 2020

June is Foster A Pet Month. One the silver lining of the Coronavirus pandemic cloud is the fact that many people have taken foster pets in. This is a great chance to help animals in need! Fostering pet can also be a very rewarding and beautiful experience. A Lewisville, TX vet discusses fostering pets in this article.

Why Pets Need Fosters

Pets need fostering for many reasons. Kittens, puppies, and other baby animals may still need round-the-clock care, which shelters cannot provide. Other shelters may be at or over their official capacity. Fosters are also sometimes needed to care for the pets of people who are sick, deployed, or working out of town. Some animals are fostered because they need training, or are recuperating from illness or injury. There are also some rescues that do not have physical buildings to house their furry wards in.

Things To Consider

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when fostering. You’ll of course need to consider your budget, schedule, and household. If you have young children and/or other pets, that may also be a concern. It’s also important to think about whether you’ll be able to let go when the time comes. That moment when your foster goes to their forever home can be bittersweet. It isn’t easy to say goodbye to a cute pet you’ve grown close to! This, of course, is why there are so many foster fails, who ended up being adopted by their fosters. This isn’t a bad thing: we love seeing pets go to great homes. However, it is something to consider.

Benefits of Fostering

Fostering has some great advantages. For one thing, it’s a short-term commitment. This makes it a great option for anyone who isn’t quite ready to sign on for years-perhaps decades-of pet parenting. If you’re spending a lot of time at home, it’s a good way to make the most of that time. It can also be very educational for kids, as long as they are mature enough to understand that fostering is not adoption. You’ll also be helping your local community. Last but not least, it’s can be a very rewarding experience. It’s a very special thing to help a pet grow and blossom!

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