There are thousands of pets in need of forever homes right in your own backyard and many of them need foster homes. Our Lisa Chelenza has more on the benefits of foster care.
When animals are surrendered to rescue groups and shelters many times due to overcrowding or health or behavior issues they are better off in foster care. Many rescue organizations across the country are entirely staffed by volunteer foster families.
Melissa Dack and her family have fostered many dogs over the years and see the positive benefits of being in a loving temporary home.
“When you foster an animal in your own home, you really get to know that animals’ personality. So, when it comes time to find them a forever family you can fit the right person to the right animal, personality wise. I think that is a great benefit,” said foster pet parent Melissa Dack.
Being a foster pet parent takes time, resources, and patience. Most rescue groups also require some training, as well as an application process.
“There is a screening process. It's a lot like adopting. They will do a home visit. They might check with your veterinarian if you had pets, to see how the care went,” said Dack.
By being a foster pet parent, you are helping the pet build a behavior resume and helping that animal end up in the best home possible.
If you would like to open your home to an animal in need contact a rescue near you to learn about their foster program. Visit hhgreyhoundrescue.org to foster a greyhound.