Providing a temporary home for an animal in need

Providing a temporary home for an animal in need

You would like a pet but can’t make the long-term commitment? Becoming a foster family may be the perfect solution for you.

July 20, 2020

Fostering an animal in need is an opportunity to give love, care and affection to an animal without a family, for either a predetermined amount of time or until the animal is adopted.

Why foster an animal
Other than adoption, fostering an animal who hasn’t found their forever home is one of the most rewarding experiences. Opening your house to an animal while they wait to be adopted helps socialize them in a house environment and gets them used to living alongside all kinds of people and animals, preparing them for adoption and life with their new family.

Why do adoption centers need foster families?


Adoption centers need foster families for a variety of reasons. For example, some dogs may be too young, too stressed, recovering from an illness or surgery. These could all benefit from the individual care a foster family can provide.

There are a few criteria that can help you determine if you are ready to become a foster family for a pet in need:


  • You want to help an animal from a shelter become a good companion animal
  • You want to help a family find the right pet for them
  • You are thinking of adopting but are not sure you are ready to make a long term financial and emotional commitment
  • You want to help animals in need
  • You want to give your current dog some company
  • You have the space in your home and your schedule allows you to give the necessary care and affection to a new family member.

    If you are interested and would like to become a foster family for an animal waiting to find a forever home, reach out to your local SPCA or other adoption organizations in your community.
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