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Fostering Pets

May 1 2021

May is National Foster Care Month. Have you ever considered fostering pets? This is a wonderful act of kindness, and one that is often badly needed. Pets can need fosters for a variety of reasons. Young kittens and puppies often need round-the-clock care, as do pets that are recuperating from serious illnesses or injuries. In some cases, pets need to learn how to live in homes. Others may just need a place to stay for a while. A Cherry Hill, NJ vet discusses fostering in this article.


B  enefits

There are some wonderful benefits to being a foster parent. For one thing, you get to help a pet in need. This can be a very rewarding and beautiful experience. Fostering is a much shorter commitment than adoption, which can also be a big plus. It’s also a good way to make a difference in the world. Some people will find the experience they get working with animals beneficial. This can be work-related, but it’s also something many folks just enjoy and feel good about. 


Drawbacks

There are some things to think over before signing on as a foster. For many people, the biggest downside is knowing that you’ll have to say goodbye. It’s amazing how quickly people can get attached to pets. And, while it feels great seeing a pet go to a loving forever home, it’s also hard to let go. There are definitely a lot of pampered and beloved foster fails out there, living their best lives in what were supposed to be temporary homes. This isn’t entirely a bad thing. After all, it’s always great to see animals find their forever homes. However, it does defeat the purpose.


Considerations

There are a few other things to think about. Budget is one concern. Fosters often are expected to provide food, toys, and treats. You may also need things like pet furniture, dishes, and bedding. You’ll also need to think about your family, schedule and other pets. Make sure you are ready, willing, and able to provide what is needed.


Getting Started

Are all the lights green? Reach out to local shelters and rescue organizations to find out what is required. You may need to take classes or pass a home inspection. In any case, it never hurts to learn more!


Are you considering fostering? That’s wonderful! As your Cherry Hill, NJ veterinary clinic, we’re here for you!

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