What to do if You Want a Pet but Aren’t Sure Yet


I have always been an animal lover, however, never aloud to have a pet growing up…OK, my parents let me have a goldfish (who unfortunately met his sad demise after 5 years). I begged my parents to let me have a dog or cat growing up but they were not very open to the idea. Don’t get me wrong, my parents love animals…they just did not want to have one living at our home. Fast forward, present time, they LOVE Harry and Albert (my dogs). This got me thinking…maybe my parents would have wanted a “new member” of the family if we fostered? Fostering is a great way for individuals (or families) to have a “trial run” per say and see if a pet fits their lifestyle.

Me and two adorable rescue dogs at  a recent OPH Rescue event

Me and two adorable rescue dogs at a recent OPH Rescue event

Petfinder confirms One of the most rewarding experiences you can have is fostering. Did you know if you take an animal in need into your home temporarily you are:

  • Making room at shelter or rescue for another dog
  • Helping give time for training before they go to the**ir forever home
  • Assisting the rescue organization or shelter with information on the rescue so they know how to find **the best home possible
  • Fostering a dog helps him/her adjust around differnt personalities, dogs and people alike

OPH (Operation Paws for Homes), the rescue group I volunteer for, discusses how much fostering really helps these animals. Every year thousands of dogs are abandoned and sent to shelters. They have no idea why their family has left them and how they ended up there. Fostering one of these animals gives them a second chance. These dogs are saved from high kill shelters. Most of these high kill shelters have limited resources and are unable to properly care for these abandoned animals.

OPH covers all the veterinary expenses, preventative medication, collars, leashes and crates/puppy pens as needed. As you can see,you don’t have to be rich or a genius to foster an animal. You just have to a good person who can offer a safe and loving home to a homeless animal and when the time comes, helping find the foster animal with his or her forever family. Many rescue organizations are also very accomidating to their volunteers who foster!

BarkPost states dog owners are less stressed thanks to chemical and hormonal changes that occur from spending time with their dogs according to Science! So what are you waiting for? Find a local rescue group near you and consider fostering! It will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.


      If you can’t adopt – foster
      If you can’t foster – sponsor
      If you can’t sponsor – volunteer
      If you can’t volunteer – donate

      If you can’t donate – educate, network, and crosspost

No act of kindness is too small.

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