Thinking of Adopting? Advice for First-Time Pet Foster Parents

As more and more people consider adopting pets, animal shelters all over the country have begun reporting a more significant number of foster applications than usual. Not only is fostering a pet a great way to help the community, but it’s also a way for many people to feel less lonely. If you’ve thought about fostering a dog or cat for the first time, here are some things to keep in mind!
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1. Every Animal is Special

We may tend to forget, but every animal has its unique personality, meaning each foster pet will have its individual needs. Whether they are recovering from surgery, in need of socialization, or may be too young for adoption, your pet will have its requirements. You can do a meet and greet your prospective foster pet; this way, you and the foster organization can make sure you two are a good fit. Let your animal warm up to you and your home slowly; it may take some time, but they will get there. Stay calm, be patient, and use positive reinforcement to help them adjust to their new living situation.

2. A Special Area

Try to set up a special space for your new foster pet. Implementing a calm space will help them ease into their new homes gently. If your living arrangments allow it, try to keep them limited to one small room at first. For tiny animals, you can even start by having them stay in your restroom, just make sure you don’t leave the toilet lid up!

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3. Stock Up on Necessities

Though many foster organizations may provide you will everything you’ll need to take care of your new animal, don’t bet on it. Make sure you’re prepared with pet food, toys, cat litter, etc. You’ll need bedding, a carrier, and a crate, to name a few. Depending on the size and age of the animal you are fostering, you’ll need to read up on exactly what they require. Remember that if you’re using a dog crate, the enclosed space needs to be large enough for the dog will be comfortable to stand and move around!