Foster a Pet Month

June is National Foster A Pet Month. Of course, we think that any time is a good time to foster a pet. However, this year there is an even greater need for fostering than usual, due to the coronavirus. Read on as a local Cameron Park, CA vet discusses fostering pets.

Why Pets Need Fostering

Pets can need fostering for a variety of reasons. Some are still too little to survive without overnight feedings, which many shelters cannot provide directly. Younger animals may also need socialization and training before being put up for adoption. Others may be recuperating from illness, injury, or trauma. In some cases, pets needing foster care have homes, but belong to people who are temporarily unable to care for them, due to illness, injury, deployment, or other issues. Or, pets may have been taken in by rescue societies that don’t have physical buildings. These must rely on volunteers to care for their furry charges.

Benefits Of Fostering

There are some great benefits to fostering pets. For one thing, it gives you a chance to really make a difference to an animal in need. It’s also a great way to help your local community. If you’re spending a lot of time at home this year, fostering will brighten your days a bit and help you make the most of this time. Kids can also learn a lot from fostering, and may enjoy the process of helping a cute pet get ready for their forever home. Another benefit of fostering is that it’s a short term commitment. Of course, the best benefit really is just the rewarding feeling you get when you know you’ve helped an animal!

Things To Consider

There are some things to think over before signing on to foster a pet. Consider your family, budget, and schedule, as well as your own pets. It’s also worth noting that some people have a very hard time letting go of their fosters when the time comes. Saying goodbye can also be hard on kids, so that’s something to think about. You may need to go through some training, and/or a home inspection. If all lights are green, reach out to local animal shelters and charities, and ask about the next steps. Good luck!

Please reach out to us, your local Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great veterinary care!

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