One Life at a Time: The Joys of Fostering a Shelter Pet
If you’re reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you’re an animal lover. Most of us are deeply saddened by the plight of homeless, abandoned, and abused animals, and it can seem like an insurmountable and overwhelming issue to tackle. After all, how could one person possibly make a difference in such an enormous problem?
Fostering a shelter pet is one of the most effective ways to make a dent in the serious issue of marginalized pets. By simply opening up your home to a foster pet, you are not only saving that pet’s life (and experiencing the warm fuzzies and fun of having a new pet in your home), you are freeing up valuable space in a shelter for another animal in need. The stability and love of a temporary home also allows the pet’s true personality to shine and gives them the chance to interact with other people and pets, all of which increases their likelihood of being adopted.
Fostering a Shelter Pet
When you foster a homeless dog, cat, bird, or other pet you agree to take them into your home and provide the same wonderful care you would for a pet you’ve adopted, either for a predetermined amount of time or until that pet has found a forever family. The reasons why a pet may need foster care include:
- The rescue organization does not have a physical building, and thus relies on the help of foster volunteers to care for pets until permanent homes can be found.
- The pet is too young to be adopted and needs a safe home until they are of age.
- The pet is pregnant or nursing a litter.
- The pet is recovering from surgery, illness, or injury and needs a stable place to recover and receive supportive care.
- The pet has had little to no contact with people and needs help with socialization.
- The pet needs temporary housing while their owners escape domestic violence.
A Happy Goodbye
Taking on a foster pet means that you will one day have to say goodbye (unless you choose to adopt). Having to let go of a foster pet who you’ve developed a bond with is never easy, but the joy of knowing that you have participated in finding a loving and permanent home for an animal makes it all worthwhile!
We work closely with Mobile Mutts Rescue for adoption placement and to help locate foster homes. If you are unable to foster directly you can still support the efforts of this wonderful organization. Join us for our summer “Paint Your Pet Event” a fundraiser benefiting Mobile Mutts Rescue with the help of our friends at Pinot’s Palette.
If you’d like more information on adopting, fostering a shelter pet, or our recommended rescue partners, please don’t hesitate to reach out to The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital for more information.
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Halloween Party & Adoption Event!
Join us on Sunday, October 14th from 11AM - 2PM for a Halloween Party & Adoption Event! Meet local rescues with pets available for adoption while you enjoy treats & raffles! Dress to impress, we'll be taking $5 pet photos that benefit our rescue partners and also host a pet costume contest at 12:30PM! Check out the Facebook event HERE.
Save the Date! Join Us at the Magnificent Mutts & Meows Run4Paws 5K!
Join us and rescue partners Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue for their 4th annual Run4Paws 5K & 2K Puppy Path! The event takes place Saturday, October 6th at McCollum Park (6801 Main St.) in Downers Grove with the race starting promptly at 9AM. The best part: attendees are welcome to race with their dog! Medals are awarded for males and females in each age category.
For additional information and to register, please click HERE.
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