Becoming a foster parent is both very rewarding and a big responsibility. If you are ready to jump into the world of fostering, the first step will be to find a reputable organization. Contacting your local shelter is a great place to start!
Each shelter will have its own requirements for a foster parent/family, which they will discuss with you. This conversation will help them match the right animal with the right foster parent, to ensure that it is a good match for everyone involved!
Here are some questions to you might want to be prepared to discuss with the shelter or fostering organization:
- Who will cover the financial costs of care for the animal, including: food, veterinary bills, and training expenses?
- Are you living circumstances likely to change over the next several months? If so, will you be able to continue caring for the foster pet?
- Do you have other pets? What are their needs and would they be a good match for a particular foster pet?
- Who will pay if your foster pet causes damage to your own or someone else’s property – or even injures someone?
- What is expected of you if new potential owners wish to come and meet your foster pet?
- What happens if you wish to adopt your foster pet?
- How long are pets typically in a foster homes?
- Can you go on vacation with your foster pet?
- What kinds of support does the shelter offer if you have any questions or need someone to talk to while fostering?