The benefits of fostering a cat
I fostered several cats through a local rescue group and am so glad that I did. There are so many benefits of fostering an animal that it's unbelievable.
For one, you can enjoy having a cat around without having to commit for its lifetime or pay the full price of owning a cat. Sometimes, foster groups or shelters will even cover some of the costs of fostering a cat or other pet. Nearly every time, the cat will be spayed or neutered and given its shots. Some shelters or centers will even pay for vet services or food.
It's beneficial to foster a cat if you just want to test out having the pet in your home. A family member might be allergic, and it would be unfortunate to find out after having already spent the money on the pet and its accessories. Also, you might already have another cat or pet who might or might not appreciate having this kitty in the house. You can see if you existing cat will get along with another cat based on age, breed, gender, or other parameters. Your cat might also be by itself most of the day, so you can foster a cat so your kitty won't be so lonely.
Finally, of course, it is beneficial to the animal itself to bring it into your home. Perhaps the cat was kept in a high-kill shelter, and in time, it would face death if it wasn't chosen by another family. You don't have to commit to having the cat forever, but you can at least help its chances by keeping it out of the shelter and socializing it so it can be friendlier.
If you are interested in fostering a cat, contact your local shelter or animal care center, who may know of connections to assist you. I live in California, and a foster cat group I know of is Maine Coon Adoptions, which helps Maine Coon cats and other kitties find permanent or temporary homes throughout the state. These groups also usually need assistance at adoption fairs or other events, and ask for donations as well.
Before you foster a cat, take a good look at your circumstances and preferences. How long would you be willing to keep a foster cat? How much money can you spare for it? What kind of cat do you think would work best in your home? Be sure to speak with a rescue center or shelter representative about how to best foster a cat or other pet.
Don't expect your foster pet to be easy. It might have medical problems and require attention throughout the day. It might have behavior problems, and you might need to protect certain items in your home from damage. Just prepare for a cat that has no home but deserves it as much as any other pet.
- The Pet Foster Network
- PETS Inc. | Adopting | Foster a Pet!
PETS Inc. is a pet adoption center founded in January 1992 by Patricia McQueen & Jane Brundage.
- Pet Save | Foster a Pet
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