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4 Ways to Prepare for Fostering Animals

4 Ways to Prepare for Fostering Animals

Fostering homeless pets will make a huge difference in the welfare of animals in your area. Most shelters and rescues are overrun and many rescues don’t have an actual shelter to house abandoned animals. They often rely on foster homes to care for their animals until they are placed in forever homes. If you’ve never fostered, there are a few things you need to consider and prepare for so that you can do it successfully. Prepare your home: Animal-proof your entire house if you haven’t already for the pets you do have. Never expect a foster cat or dog to have any training and that includes potty training. Just like bringing home a new puppy, you need to make sure that what you don’t want ruined, isn’t within reach. You may also need to designate an area in your home and/or yard specifically for foster pets if you already have several animals or if the foster pet isn’t socialized yet; this is for both their safety and the safety of your own animals. It’s always a good idea to have a designated sleeping area or place to house the animal when you aren’t home as well. Keep in mind that their future adopter may not want the dog or cat on furniture or in bed with them, so it’s wise not to give them any new habits that will require training later. Prepare your yard: Is your fence high enough to keep in jumpers? Are there any holes or areas that they could squeeze out? Make sure that your yard is escape proof; the last thing you want is to bring home an abandoned pet only to lose them when they go outside for a potty break. Prepare your pets: Make sure your own pets are socialized and trained to make life easier for you and to avoid any fights between them and the foster pet. If this is a concern of yours, consider kennel training all animals and keeping them separated until the foster is placed in a forever home. Prepare your car: Do you have a reliable car that you don’t mind transporting an animal in? Many times foster dogs need vet care for various things and most need to be spayed or neutered. It is usually your responsibility to take the foster animal to and from the vet (even though the rescue will be covering the...

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