Taking care of a foster animal is an incredibly rewarding experience that can enrich your life and theirs! Nonetheless, as with any animal care situation, it’s important to understand the full spectrum of expectations. In order to best prepare you for fostering, here are some frequently asked questions that will get you started on your journey.
Why do animals need foster care?
Animals may need foster care for a variety of reasons, including:
- Orphaned: Animals may become orphaned if their mothers are unable to care for them due to illness, injury, death, or abandonment.
- Injured: Injured animals may require special care and attention that their owners may not be able to provide.
- Behavioral issues: Some animals may have behavioral issues that require specialized care and training.
- Temporary care: In some cases, animals may require temporary care due to their owner’s illness, financial difficulties, or other unforeseen circumstances.
How much time will fostering an animal take?
What skills are needed to be an animal foster parent?
To be an animal foster parent, there are several skills and qualities that can be helpful, including:
- Patience: Animals in foster care may require extra attention, training, or medical care, which can be time-consuming and challenging.
- Flexibility: Every animal is unique, and their needs can vary depending on their age, breed, and temperament.
- Communication: Foster programs may require regular communication with the organization, including updates on the animal’s health and behavior, and attending veterinary appointments.
- Empathy: Animals in foster care may have experienced trauma, neglect, or abuse, which can affect their behavior and personality.
Will I have to ﬁnd a home for the foster animal myself?
How do I give pet fostering a try?
- Research animal shelters and rescue organizations in your area that offer foster programs. You can start by searching online or asking for recommendations from friends, family, or other pet owners. Forever Husky is also always looking for foster parents, if interested fill out our online fostering form here.
- Contact the shelter or rescue organization and express your interest in fostering. They may ask you to fill out an application and provide references.
- Attend any training or orientation sessions required by the shelter or rescue organization to learn more about the foster program and what is expected of you as a foster parent.
Will I need to give medication to my foster pet?
Can I choose my foster animal?
Is fostering an animal free with Forever Husky?
Fostering an animal is a wonderful way to help and Forever Husky makes the process even easier by providing essential supplies and gear once a foster parent is identified. Items such as crates, food, medications and toys can all be provided if needed. If further supplies for food are required beyond what was originally provided, Forever Husky will provide more food available for pick up from Forever Husky – at no cost to the foster parents. These travel costs to Forever Husky to obtain additional food and support can even be used as a tax write-off if the foster parent documents and records the miles traveled to pick up. Ultimately, fostering an animal with Forever Husky is both compassionate and cost-effective, helping not just animals in need but also potential caregivers who may have financial constraints.