In honor of May being National Foster Care Awareness Month, 1-800-Charity Cars, one of the nation’s first car donation charities, would also like to spread awareness about fostering a pet, since having already touched upon fostering our nation’s youth with our previous article May Is National Foster Care Awareness Month. Fostering a pet is similar to fostering a child; you care for them temporarily until a permanent home is located for them. We would like to offer this basic guide for fostering a pet, in hopes that people will open their hearts and homes to our nation’s pets in need of loving homes. You can read one of our staff member’s experiences with pet fostering here.
There seems to be a common misconception that the majority of pets in shelters are animals that are in some way tainted, or unwanted for undesirable reasons. However, the reality is pets end up in shelters due to many varying reasons and they are not always because the animal is unsuitable to be in a home setting.
Common reasons animals end up in shelters:
- The animal has suffered abuse and/or neglect.
- The owner must move and their new place of residence does not allow pets.
- Family members have developed allergic reactions to the animal.
- A pet has become ill and the owner cannot afford their medical care.
- A pet had a litter and the owner has no space for the offspring and/or could not find homes for them.
- The owner fell ill and is dealing with medical issues preventing them from caring for the pet.
- The pet has compatibility issues with kids or other pets.
- The owner lost their job, and/or faced eviction and can no longer provide a home or care for their pet.
While there are times a pet has compatibility issues in a home, there are other unrelated reasons why these animals end up in shelters. One of the saddest of those reasons being when a pet is abused, neglected, the owner has fallen sick or is having hard times and cannot care for their beloved pet anymore.
Shelters across our Nation are filled with animals that are waiting to be adopted, and becoming a foster parent to a pet gives them the opportunity to be in a loving nurturing environment while they await adoption.
Reasons why fostering a pet can be a rewarding experience:
Helpful tips for fostering a pet:
If you are interested in fostering a pet, here is a list of places you can refer to for further information and to get the process started:
We would also like to share a unique pet fostering opportunity, where you can help our Military personnel by providing temporary housing and care for their pets while they are deployed:
If you feel that fostering a pet is not something you can personally take on, there are still other ways you can help pets in need. You can help to spread awareness, make a donation of money or supplies or volunteer your time. Any effort that you make can help make a difference for the animals in shelters across our nation.