Pets have become an important part within family dynamics. According to the APPA National Pet Owners Survey 2017-2018, 68% of US households have a pet. Animals provide a number of joys in our lives as well as create a structure based around responsibility and compassion. A pet looks to people to care for them and provide them stability. Every animal is unique and has a specific requirement: Fish need to be fed, birds need their cages to be clean, cats need to play and dogs need to go on walks. These tasks are vital to help keep pets healthy, but also build a bond that is crucial to keeping them happy. It is because pets need human interaction that the need for fosters is so apparent.
Fosters play an important role in helping pets that have recently lost their owners adapt to their new situation. Fosters give the animal a place to stay and give them time to find a new home. Fostering is by no means a simple task, but it can be extremely rewarding and is crucial to the success for animal rehabilitation.
What is fostering?
Pet fostering is a wonderful way for you to volunteer while being able to stay at home. Pet fostering is flexible and often just requires you to allow an animal the ability to stay with you while they wait for their forever home.
How does Fostering help a pet?
There are all kinds of advantages to fostering a pet that aren’t always apparent. An example is having the ability to learn about a pet’s behavior and personality before committing to caring for the pet for the remainder of its life. Owning a pet is a serious, long-term commitment. Fostering is a serious, short-term commitment that can allow you to learn more about how you handle the responsibilities of pet ownership as well as learn if the animal’s personality lines up with your own.
How is fostering any different than having them stay at a shelter?
Animal shelters are an invaluable community resource for animals. Shelters assist animals that are either hurt or abandoned, and even help families that cannot continue to take care of their pets. However, fosters play a very important role in helping an animal get acclimated to their new situation. Thanks to the kindness of a foster, a pet can transition into a new home, where they will adjust before being placed in a new permanent home.
How do I become a foster with Assisted Home Health and Hospice Foundation?
Assisted Home Health and Hospice Foundation’s “Hands to Cuddle, Paws to Love,” pet program is looking for future foster families for pets, who have recently lost their owners or will need placement. If you are looking for an opportunity to care for animals and volunteer from home please (805) 379-3656 or contact Erik Helton at firstname.lastname@example.org.