Lately, I’ve been getting that itch to get another pet. I have some reservations however as I feel like I may not be 100% ready. I talked about this in my post called When is the Right Time to Adopt another Pet? Then I realized that fostering a pet may be an option to consider. I’ve never fostered before, so I’d have to seriously do some homework to see what’s required. Also, what if I get too attached to the pet and don’t want to let them go? Am I ready for this? What about vet care or if there is an emergency?
I have tons of questions going through my head and I think it’s best I chill and breathe. The most important benefit I can think of is saving a life hands down. Far too many animals’ lives are at stake. Literally millions of cats and dogs are homeless on the streets and end up getting euthanized annually due to insufficient space in shelters, abandonment or owner surrender.
Fostering would be a great idea I think. Honestly, putting things in perspective in the grand scheme of things, saving a life far outweighs my concerns like getting attached. I mean one could argue, if that was to happen, perhaps it is fate and that it is meant to be your new family companion, right? Well, after thinking about this and doing a quick search I found 5 reasons why I think fostering a pet is a good idea (however I’m sure there are many more)!
5 Reasons Why I think Fostering a Pet is a Good Idea
1. Fostering saves lives
According to the ASPCA, “Each year approximately 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide—and nearly 3 million don’t make it out.” With this in mind it’s clear that fostering a cat or dog, helps to save lives. Fostering physically removes them from harm and threat of euthanasia and a real chance for getting adopted in a forever home. With these staggering numbers, there will be more than enough of a need and opportunity to foster.
2. Fostering can be Self healing after loss
The second reason I thought of fostering is finding healing after loss. As you know, this blog is about moving forward after pet loss and finding new and different ways to incorporate inspiration, joy and wellness in life. I definitely think helping to raise and socialize and have fun with puppies or kittens would bring much joy and fulfillment. Not only would fostering help save lives , but through daily interaction and bonding, I think that would help heal the heart. This leads me to the next reason.
3. You can incorporate fun in your daily life
In getting to share your home with a new foster pet, you share time, experiences and lots of laughs. Over time I think one would be able to find a new furry friend through this experience. Also, when raising and socializing animals to be ready for adoption, there are plenty of silly moments and laughs to be had. Whether that is laughing at the food smashed on their face that they cannot quite lick off their face or the funny things a pet does to entertain themselves as you look on. Fostering brings fulfillment and fun along the way.
4. Pets will know they are loved
With fun and fulfillment comes love. If there is one thing both humans and animals of all kind crave in this world aside from food and shelter, it is love. To foster an pet is to show them that real love does exist and to know that there are humans in this world that are willing and able to show and give love. Just as people experience abuse, animals do too. Whether it’s local kids abusing animals, or dogs involved in dog fighting, many animals are not so lucky at avoiding physical and mental abuse. Fostering a pet would provide a brand new experience for many abandoned and abused animals to finally understand that love does exist and they are worthy of having love in their lives. When pets feel loved they will reciprocate it 10 fold.
5. Animals deserve a Happy Ending
Last but not least, every story should have a happy ending. Fostering provides this opportunity for an animals journey to have a happy ending and a new beginning. As a foster parent I see two outcomes. One result could be that I could fall in love with my foster pet and adopt them myself into my home and live together as part of the family. On the other hand, as intended, a pet parent is eventually found and matched with the foster pet. The dog or cat finally has a forever home and family to go and spend the rest of their days with. In both cases this would be a happy ending for all involved.
So those are my 5 reasons why I think fostering a pet is a good idea. I have a couple of organizations in mind for fostering noted down below located in the USA/Tri-State area in case you or anyone you know may be interested in fostering too.
Resources -Fostering/Adopting a Pet
ASPCA Foster Program (nationwide)
Best Friends of NY -Foster Program (NY/NJ/CT Tri-state Area)
Kitty Kind – Foster Program (NYC area)
Foster Dogs NYC (NYC area)
Petfinder -Adoption (nationwide)
If this post resonated with you or if you are looking to find out additional information about fostering, check out these two video clips below.
Have you fostered a pet before? Did any of these reasons resonate with you? Would you add anything? Comment and share below.