Fostering just one cat makes a huge impact. You are literally saving the life of the animal that would have otherwise been left on the street. Stray Cat Relief can provide guidance and supplies if needed.
All that’s needed is one bedroom or a whole house. Worried about your resident pets? Your new foster cat never has to come in contact with the resident pets. They can be perfectly content to spend their time in a bedroom, basement, bathroom or office.
Fostering saves lives!!
Don’t need special training, just an open heart with love to give! For example, if you are not comfortable administering medication, just say so in your application and you won’t be paired with a foster requiring meds. This is one of many reasons fostering applications and vetting by the rescue are necessary, besides the obvious ensuring the best living situation and safety of your foster.
It’s not the expense you may think.All medical treatment is covered and medical transport can even be provided if necessary. If the added expense of litter and food are holding you back from fostering, supplies may be provided by the rescue.
It’s okay if you have other pets in the home. Your foster does not need to be best friends with your resident pets. You don’t even have to integrate at all, but if you do, you should keep your foster separate from your resident pet(s) for at least 10 days. Switching out their toys is a great way for them to get to know each other before coming face to face. Slow introductions are always best.
You already have all the space a foster needs! Any room with a door (bedroom, office, bathroom) works! Remember, whatever space you’re able to provide is 100% better than their previous situation.
Fostering before adopting. Fostering is perfect if you crave pet companionship but aren’t quite ready for the 15-year or so commitment.
Don’t let the dread of goodbye hold you back. Not gonna lie, saying goodbye sucks but I’ve found that adopters are more than happy to send updates, pics and videos. Nobody knows your foster like you do so your input matters when matching them with a forever home. Being involved in the process really does help since you can actually picture the great life your foster is going to have.
Fostering is a temporary commitment with permanent rewards.
The short time your foster stays with you impacts the rest of their life. Your giving the rescue time to properly vet potential adopters ensures fosters are going to a forever home where they will continue to thrive.
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