Amy Elliot-Meisel is an academic that has a passion for our furry friends everywhere. Fostering animals can make a huge difference in the lives of animals and the lives of humans alike. Fostering is the most effective way to reduce overcrowding in shelters. It prevents killings and saves the lives of animals as well as creates more space in the shelter for them to be saved. Not only that, but it also provides the opportunity for potential adopters to connect with the pet and see how they fit into their daily life and home. Taking in a foster animal allows them to experience love and learn safety with humans in a home setting.
Amy Elliot Meisel supports this movement of taking foster animals in and giving them the love and care they deserve. Learning to connect with your foster creature is a great teacher in learning trust for both the animal and the human. The journey of trust for shelter animals begins when they’re first brought to the shelter. Once they are taken in by a family or a foster parent however, the level of closeness and attention for the animal shifts dramatically. The pet’s evolution in trusting in the care of humans and the consistency of their love and affection is a highly valuable lesson for humans in respecting boundaries and the comfort zone of others. Establishing and gaining trust through non verbal action is a very rewarding process since the communication of love must be through providing care through actions and physical connectivity.
Fostering animals can also be a great option for fur lovers that don’t have the space or time to offer their full schedule. Fostering can allow people to take in a dog or cat or feathered friend for a few days at a time. Allowing the fostering parent to have flexibility in their life with work, travel and daily activities that may not allow them to fully adopt.
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