Fostering is very important because it helps reduce overcrowding at KSPCA and opens up space for another animal to be saved. Pet fostering provides temporary care to shelter animals who, for a variety of reasons, need to live in a home environment prior to adoption. Fostering helps relieve overcrowding and reduces an animal’s stress by providing a temporary and supportive sanctuary while it awaits permanent adoption.
Fostering is very important because it helps reduce overcrowding in KSPCA and opens up space for another animal to be saved. It also helps prepare animals for adoption by giving them a chance to live in a home where the can fully express their personality. Some of the animals have not been vaccinated but when the time comes for them to be vaccinated or get any other medical attention, KSPCA will cater for any veterinary services needed within the period of fostering. Some say they could never foster a pet because it would be too hard to say goodbye when the pet is adopted, but consider the alternative. It may be hard to say goodbye to the animal you’ve bonded with, but it’s important to remember that by opening your home, you are saving a life and each pet you foster is a new life saved. You become an important part of the mission to save pets without a home by not only giving that individual animal hope, but by making a difference for all animals.
To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, the cooperation of your family or roommates, flexibility, and some knowledge of animal behavior. You also must understand that there is a possibility that the foster pet may or may not be adopted when returned to KSPCA. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation. As a foster parent you will also need to offer the pet with all basic needs i.e. food, shelter and love.
Fostering also comes with the benefits that we give ourselves. By opening our hearts and home to a shelter pet, even for a very short time, we feel a sense of accomplishment. When our duty has ended for each pet, we can be happy knowing how much difference we made. The commitment to fostering is as important to you as it is to the animal. You have shown compassion in ways most only wish they could. Also fostering is a way to test if your family is ready to fully commit before adopting a pet.