If you have a passion for animal welfare, you may have thought about fostering pets, such as dogs or cats. Animal shelters can often be overcrowded, and fostering animals can help provide them with extra care that a shelter may not be equipped to provide. Before you get into animal fostering, you probably have a lot of questions.
Amy Elliot-Meisel is passionate about supporting animal rescue organizations in her local community and across the globe. She proudly supports the Adopt, Don’t Shop campaign, and in her free time she enjoys volunteering with local animal rescue initiatives and fostering dogs. Today she shares how long animal fostering can last.
The length of time you could have an animal in your care can vary depending on the circumstances. If the foster pet is a baby or needs help with behavioral issues, you might have them a little longer. Fostering can last as little as a couple of weeks to up to a year sometimes. If you decide to foster an animal, you should commit to taking care of the animal until they are adopted by its forever family.
You may also decide to be a “respite foster” which is when you take care of a foster animal while the foster family is on vacation or has some kind of emergency where they temporarily can not care for the animal.
However, there is also something known as “foster failure”, which is when the foster family falls in love so much with the animal that they want to adopt them permanently!