In every shelter in every town in every state of our country, there are homeless animals waiting for their forever families. That’s just a fact of life.
Another fact is that shelter life is really hard on some dogs and cats, causing them to become depressed, anxious, even aggressive. Since these are not behaviors that most people find desirable, it becomes even more difficult for these pets to get adopted.
But you can help. Even if you can’t adopt a dog or cat, you can make a difference by fostering.
It’s simple. You work with your local shelter or rescue to bring a needy dog or cat into your home. You provide her with love and tenderness for a few weeks, maybe even months. You show her what it’s like to be part of a real family, and you help her to regain her trust in the human race.
You just might find that changing her life changes yours as well.
When your little house guest is finally adopted into her forever family, you may feel sad to see her go. But you can sit back and smile, knowing that you did a good thing… no, a great thing.
And then you can go back to your shelter or rescue to bring home another furry friend who needs a short-term home, and the cycle begins again.
Many shelters provide foster parents with everything they need, including food, veterinary care, and even training. Fostering doesn’t cost you anything except a little bit of your time and a tiny place in your heart.
Anyone can be a foster mom… or dad. And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at the unlikely families below.
Your turn: have you ever fostered a homeless pet? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear about it, in comments below.