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Q: We are thinking about fostering. Can anyone who is currently fostering give us some pros and cons?

September 30, 2008 | By Tad D. | 20 answers | Expired: 2009 days ago

We are thinking about fostering. Can anyone who is currently fostering give us some pros and cons?

We recently adopted a puppy mill rescue dog and the rescue has asked us to adopt another one if able or to foster. We arent really ready to take on another pet permanently (we have Zoe' and 2 cats), but have considered fostering. I would love to hear from any other foster parents out there with pros and cons about your fostering so we can make a decision soon to help out if we can.

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Susan A.
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Oct 10, 2008

Fostering is rewarding, but it is also very hard work. It is important to ask yourself if you are able and willing to make the commitment for the long term in the event the pet cannot be placed. We have had wonderful fostering experiences, and two sad ones, that were related to adult dogs who could not be placed and could not adjust to being fostered. We adopted one dog we fostered, and are planning to adopt one of the 3 we are fostering now, so that can be a good opportunity to find out if a dog will adjust well to the situation.

The most important thing is making sure you are really able to handle the responsibility and not to feel guilty if you decide that you cannot do so. Each of us is equipped to do some things and not others.

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Joey S.
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Oct 07, 2008

Fostering is a great idea.It can really help you learn about animals and what a little extra love and care from humans can do for them. How ever, you need to be strong when it comes time to return them. be strong and do it when it is time. I'm sure your other pets will love a different friend to play with here and there!

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Karen H.
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Oct 07, 2008

I am fostering 2 Poms (from a mill) and love it. I have dogs and cats of my own but these just needed a little special attention. When I got them they didn't know what a treat was or how to play outside. Sometimes they come and go quickly and sometimes you have them for awhile. I fostered Maia several years ago and then adopted her.

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Lauri H.
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Oct 07, 2008

I just fostered for the first time, this year. I took in two dogs from a large cruelty case. One of my babies got adopted after the first month, I cried as I was finishing the adoption with her new family. The second dog I adopted this weekend. After watching her personality emerge for 7 months I couldn't give her up.

The help you provide the animal and the shelter, IMHO, outweight the few tears shed.

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Courtknee
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Oct 06, 2008

Fostering is a great program not only do you help out the shelter and free up a cage but you help the animal get some one on one attention. You can foster for several different reasons. To help an animal become more adoptable by training it at home, to foster moms with babies, animals that need special attention because of illness, or just hold the animal until the adopters can pick it up. But what ever reason you are doing it just know that you will be a big help.

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Julie N.
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Oct 04, 2008

Fostering is such a rewarding experience. I have had as many as 10 foster cats at once. We have gotten to know these little babies and their personalities, so that we can help the family who decides to take them home forever, understand their new addition a little better. Otherwise, you don't really know the personalities and behaviors of the animals at the shelter. Another thing, is that the 2 cats that I adopted directly from the shelter both had a "kitty cold". 1 week of antibiotics, (supplied by the Humane Society) and it was cleared up. Fostering makes it easier for the animals to stay healthier because they are not exposed to illnesses other shelter animals may have. The hardest part is losing them. 2 of our babies have died, which was horrible. We all cried so hard, but had to remember that we did the best we could for them while they were alive. The other bad part is when you get attached. I ended up adopting 2 of the foster kittens, which I don't regret. If you can do it, I encourage you to try it. It's a great experience for all involved, especially the animals.

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Tracy P.
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Oct 04, 2008

Well, I have fostered in the past. I work at a shelter also. I enjoy fostering because it gives me a chance to care for an animal short term. Then when I return the animal after fostering, I have more room at home to take on the next needy animal, and so on and so on! However, I will say, of all the foster parents I know, 99% of them have ended up adopting at least one of their foster animals! So, expect to fall in love and probably keep one of them as your own, it happens to the toughest of us!

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Chelsea H.
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Oct 04, 2008

I am not fostering right now but I have done so in the past. It is a wonderful experience. You will get very attached to each of the animals that you foster because you know that you are giving them a chance at a better life. I foster puppies or moms with new puppies and it is a lot of extra work and a lot of cleaning up poop. They tore up stuff and they made a complete mess. But I would I would take each of them back in a heart beat. The first one was hard to let go because I didn't know what to expect and I had one for 2 months and he was extremely hard to let go but you know they are going to good forever homes. I had one for I total and whole heartily suggest you foster. The shelters are always looking for good foster homes.

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Jenna P.
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Oct 02, 2008

I am a foster coordinator. I can tell you from behind the scenes. You would help more than any to foster an animal. When you foster you allow another animal a space in their rescue. Without that open space the animal may have been put to sleep. Also, when you foster you get to give olve to many animals not just one or two. One more thing, fostering only fills your house temporarily not permanetly. If you adopted another pet your house would be full. Lets admit that we all can only take on so much.

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Jimmy F.
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Oct 01, 2008

As overcrowded as shelters are these days, foster caregivers are really "force multipliers" for animal shelters and they can actually increase a shelte's size with no capitol funds needing to be expended for expansion.
It's also important to remember that a shelter is a VERY STRESSFUL environment for a pet, so getting them out of there is a great thing for the animals because it gives them time to socialize and remain healthy.
Nearly every one of my 12 cats were fosters at some point-until I filled out the paperwork and adopted them myself.

Do it, God knows your shelter needs the help-as any shelter does.

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