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Questions to Ask Before You Foster A Pet

Fostering pets can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life and is something we encourage everyone to do.

After all, pets can help you:

  • Physically...you have to get up and take care of them, as in watering, feeding, walking, etc.
  • Emotionally...you can talk to them about anything and they will always keep your secrets. Plus, dogs and some cats are give great hugs.
  • Healthier Heart...When you get the right kind of dog, you are more likely to find yourself having lower blood pressure, because dog owners take their dogs for walks. Plus, just petting them have a very calming effect. Studies have shown heart attack survivors and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people with the same heart problems who don't have pets.
  • Stress Soothers...Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone. It also soothes your pet and builds a better bond between you. Many pets and their owners who have built a strong bond have also experienced occasions where the pet will come to their rescue.
  • Social Magnets...Pets, especially dogs, can help you connect with other people, because it just a natural draw. Pets have been know to turn someone who is very shy and introverted to more outgoing and extroverted. Pets have even helped a lot of singles find their soulmates.
  • Handicapped...People who feel trapped in their wheelchairs say that other people make eye contact with them more often and ask if they can be of help when they're with their dogs.
  • Better Mood...Dogs, cats, and birds often display a variety of comical antics, which help people be happier. After all, "Laughter is the best medicine" and pets do a great job of supply plenty of that.
  • Benefits for Baby’s Immune System...Some studies have shown that babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma. It has to start early, ideally before a baby is 6 months old. One study found that babies with dogs or cats at home have fewer colds and ear infections during their first year than babies living in pet-free homes.
  • Social Support for Autistic Children...Kids tend to relate better to their classmates who have autism when pets are in the classroom. Pets change the classroom environment and help the children interact with other more, plus they view each other more positively and work together better.
  • Trustworthy...People who add a pet to their life are often looked upon as more trustworthy, especially when it is abundently clear that your pet loves you as much as you love your pet and willing to do all that you can to build a happy, healthy bond. This is in turn has also helped many people get the job/career they want, because they have done what is necessary to raise their bar of trustworthiness.
  • Less Lonely & More Meaning to Life...There are a lot of people out there that don't have anyone in their life and having a pet often helps ease those feelings of lonliness. It also helps those feel lonely, because their  loved one is away serving our country, on a business trip or somewhere else. There are many of us has felt all alone and depressed at one time or another and having a pet helps a lot with those feelings. In fact, pets have been known to give their owner a sense of belonging and be needed.
  • Don't Judge...One of the things that you can love the best about having a pet is that they never judge you. They don't care what kind of clothes you wear, how your hair looks, or even if you brushed your teeth. They know the truest meaning of unconditional love.

Here are some questions you should think about before adopt a pet:

  1. How did this pet come to be with the shelter or rescue group and how long has it been there?
  2. Why does the pet need a foster home now?
  3. Does the bet have any medical concerns or need any medication?
  4. When the pet is a dog or cat, ask if it has been neutered or spayed? If not, then when should it be done?
  5. Is the pet up to date on its vaccinations (Rabies, Parvo, & Distemper) and has it been tested for diseases such as heartworm?
  6. Since conditions such as kennel cough and upper respiratory infections cannot be tested for, how long should I keep this new pet separated from my own pets?
  7. Does this new pet have any behavioral issues or concerns and how have these issues been dealt with?
  8. Do you know how this pet is with kids and other cats, dogs and/or strangers? Can my children and/or pets at home meet this pet before I commit to fostering it and bring it home to a new enviroment?
  9. Do you know how this pet does when left alone? Does it stay calm, cool and collected or does it get destructive?
  10. Is this pet crate trained?
  11. Is this pet house trained and let's you know when it needs to go outside to do its business or is that something that you need to train it to do?

Questions about the fostering process:

  1. How long will I be expected to foster this pet? If it’s until a suitable home is found, how long do you expect that to take?
  2. What happens if I can no longer care for this pet?
  3. Who pays for medical bills if they arise? Does that include treatments for my other pets if they catch something from me fostering this pet?
  4. What should I do if there’s a medical emergency?
  5. Who is responsible for communicating with potential adopters, screening them and introducing the pet to them?
  6. Will I be required to bring this pet to adoption events and, if so, where/when? How will I be notified of these events? (Via text message, phone call, e-mail, regular mail, or your website calendar of events)
  7. Will you provide food, litter, supplies (such as a leash or a litter box), medications, etc., or will I be expected to do that?
  8. If I have any problems, whom can I contact? If I leave a message, how quickly will that person get back to me?
  9. Could my foster pet be deemed unadoptable and, if so, what happens then?
  10. Can I adopt this pet if I choose?

Remember: Even the best-prepared foster parent should expect the unexpected, but it’s so worth taking on such a wonderful responsibility. One couple, who took on this challenge, brought home a cat named Marge. The cat had cerebellar hypoplasia. The couple was only planning on keeping the cat for two weeks as the cat recovered from an upper respiratory infection. Marge ended up staying for four months, when it became obvious that she wouldn’t do well in the shelter.

Marge had to be isolated and needed daily physical therapy and enrichment work. She was one of this couple's greatest challenges, but that just made it all the more rewarding when she found the perfect home, a devoted couple who continued her physical therapy. Last heard, Marge is able to climb and descend stairs like a champ, something never thought possible when she first came to the shelter. 

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