June is Foster A Pet Month! Fostering is a great way to help animals in need, without signing on for the lifelong commitment that adoption represents. Although fostering isn’t right for everyone, it can be a very rewarding and educational experience. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet offers some advice for first-time fosters.
Don’t Start Young
Puppies and kittens are absolutely adorable, but they do need a lot of attention. Young animals may also need round the clock care. They are also very fragile and susceptible to illness and injury. You may find it best to start with an older pet, preferably one that’s already trained.
While some animals may completely ignore things like houseplants and other potential dangers, others will get into everything and everything. Make sure your home is safe for your furry wards. That includes your yard as well! Ask your vet for tips on this.
Many animal shelters require some sort of training before fosters are allowed to care for animals. However, there’s always going to be something more to learn, as well as a lot of ‘What ifs’ to sort out. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If possible, connect with experienced fosters who can give you tips.
Fostering can be wonderful, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be ups and downs. Your furry ward may not be fully house-trained, or he may have fears or phobias. Manage your expectations, and don’t be surprised if speed bumps happen.
Don’t Reward Bad Habits
Pet owners can vary drastically when it comes to house rules. One person may have no issues with letting Fido get on the couch or sleep in their bed, while another may be firmly against allowing these things. Err on the side of caution.
Prepare For Goodbye
For many, the biggest downside of fostering is having to say goodbye to an animal you’ve gotten emotionally attached to. Think long and hard about this before signing on. Of course, there’s always the chance that you’ll end up getting so attached that your foster pet becomes a foster fail. That’s not entirely bad, but it does defeat the purpose.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.