Foster a Furry FriendM.M. Sullivan
Have you ever walked through an animal shelter and wished you could just take them all home with you? Well you can — sort of — by becoming a pet foster parent!
Although fostering isn’t a permanent solution for people looking for a furry friend, it is a great way to provide some much appreciated temporary care for dogs and cats who are in need of a forever home. Many people choose to care for their foster pet until it finds a permanent home, but most adoption centers won’t mind setting a predetermined length of tutelage.
Some organizations, like New York City’s ASPCA, will even provide food, supplies, and cover medical expenses for the animals they place in foster homes, eliminating any financial duties involved in animal care, which makes pet fostering both generous and affordable.
Most pet foster programs are local (and it might take some searching to find one near you), but there are websites like Petfinder that can help you find a pet-fostering organization close to home. They also have some great information about fostering dogs and cats if you would like to learn more about fostering, or determine whether it’s right for you.