What does fostering mean? It means that you take an animal into your home and give it all the love, attention, training, make sure he receives the best food and any medications it needs for a period of time until it is adopted into a good home.
There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:
- A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
- A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
- A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
- A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
- A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
- The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.
- Freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
- Giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
- Helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
- Socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
Find a rescue group or shelter near you and contact them. They’ll likely have you fill out a foster application and, if you are approved, they will work with you to figure out the right foster dog for your household. You can also call your vet or attend an adoption event to inquire about fostering.
I thought I'd share some throwback pictures of Jake when he was a puppy. I'll share pictures of Maggie on another post. She is just as cute!!!
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