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Ten reasons to foster a pet

December 7, 2016

Many of the dogs and cats in our care need a helping hand to prepare them for adoption. Foster care gives them special time in a nurturing home where they can grow or heal. It changes a shelter pet’s life, and yours too!

With kitten season upon us, the Home is especially in need of foster carers during December and January.

You might be surprised to learn that foster care is something almost everyone can do. Even if you work full time, live in an apartment, or already have pets at home, you can still become a foster carer to a shelter pet.

Here are our top 10 reasons to foster a pet:

#1 It’s almost the holidays

Most of us take a break from work or study over the Christmas holidays. If you’re planning on spending more time relaxing in your home or pottering around the garden, a foster pet will make wonderful company.

#2 You’ll help an animal grow or heal

Foster pets may be too young for adoption, recovering from surgery, or need some extra TLC or training. You’ll be giving a dog, cat, puppy or kitten the special care they need to grow or heal.

#3 Fostering is short-term

If you want to share your home with a pet but aren’t ready to commit for the long-haul and adopt, fostering is perfect for you. With foster care lasting anywhere from a few days up to eight weeks, it’s a short-term commitment that will have a long-lasting impact on the life of a shelter pet.

#4 It won’t cost you anything

We’ll give you everything you need to care for your foster pet, including food, bedding, toys and litter. Plus, we’ll take care of all your foster pet’s medical needs through our vet clinic. The only things you’ll need to provide are time and love.

#5 You don’t need a big house

As long as your home is safe and secure, it doesn’t matter how big or small it is. We recommend foster pets spend most of their time indoors, so if you live in an apartment or don’t have a big yard, no worries! Depending on the type and number of pets you foster, in most cases you will be able to create a comfortable retreat in a bathroom or spare room.

#6 You’ll create space at our shelters

With kitten season upon us, lots of homeless pets are coming to us in need of shelter and care. By temporarily caring for a foster pet in your home, you’ll be creating more space at our shelters for other animals who need our care.

#7 You’ll help us learn about the animal

By spending quality time with your foster pet, you’ll learn about their individual personality and quirks. This information is very valuable in helping us match them with the perfect family once they’re ready for adoption.

#8 Fostering is flexible

We’ll personalise your foster care so it fits in with your schedule. For example, if you work full-time we can match you with a foster pet who will be happy to relax at home during the day. If you’re too busy during the week, weekend foster care could be a great option for you. If you’re planning a holiday, you can take a break from foster care until you return.

#9 You’ll be matched with the perfect foster pet

We’ll make sure your foster pet and their care requirements are a good fit for your family (including existing pets), schedule and your experience caring for animals.

#10 You’ll feel good

By fostering, you’ll be giving a vulnerable pet special care and attention to prepare them for adoption, be creating space at our shelters so we can care for more homeless pets, and get to experience the love and joy of a dog or cat while they’re sharing your home – what’s not to feel good about?!

What are you waiting for?! Learn more about the Home’s Foster Care Program and how to apply.