If you’re looking for a way to help animals, consider fostering.
Some of the most beneficial lifesaving work isn’t taking place at the animal shelter or rescue. It’s taking place in family homes by generous volunteers who are opening up their homes to dogs and cats from a shelter.
When you foster a pet, you give them a better chance of getting adopted by giving them a place to rest and recover. You are also giving them the opportunity to interact with humans and other pets and learn good behavior. It also helps prepare animals for adoption by learning how to live in a home where the can fully express their personality.
There are many reasons that a shelter animal would benefit from living in a foster home, such as pregnant or nursing cats and dogs; puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted; ill; injured; disabled; or other animals that may need regular medication or medical attention.
Fostering is good for dogs or cats that are in need of socialization and training in a home or family environment. Animals that are highly stressed in a shelter, particularly older dogs and cats, also previously neglected, abused or abandoned animals that need to form a healthy bond with people, may also benefit from fostering. Some rescues don’t actually have physical locations to house animals and rely on foster families to care for their animals until they are adopted.
There are many reasons to become a foster parent to a shelter dog or cat in need. You have the the privilege of offering an animal a safe, comfortable and supportive environment while they wait to be adopted. You are helping to socialize a shelter pet and reduce their stress to increase their adoption potential. When you foster a pet it opens up a space for another animal at the shelter. Also it gives you a great feeling knowing you are helping animals in need.
Shelters that offer foster opportunities will have their own guidelines. You will need to contact your local shelter or rescue group to find out what they are looking for and what you need to do to become a foster parent or family. Most will supply most if not all supplies that you need to take care of your foster.
If you are looking for a new family member or interested in becoming a foster family, the Humane Society of Rome have some wonderful animals waiting for you love and attention. A couple who are looking to find their new home are:
This handsome boy is Nicholas. He is a sweet, spunky guy who is happy and loving. He is a laid back and confident. He does best in a home where he can thrive as the only pet. A meet-and-greet is required if you have kids. Does this guy peak your interest? Well then contact the shelter for an appointment to get to know Nicholas.
Meet Aiden. She is a talkative girl who would be a great companion for her new family. She is looking for a quiet home with no small kids and no dogs. She would be OK with another older, calm cat. If you would like to set up a visit to meet Aiden, please call the shelter.