How to Foster
Many people want to adopt a pet but aren’t sure if they are ready. We have a solution for you: Fostering.
Fostering an animal is an excellent way to give and get love from a rescued animal from the Fort Smith Animal Society. Fostering can be as short as a week or as long as forever, though we prefer you would adopt those!
FSAS will help suitable people to foster a pet by starting you off with food, litter, a leash, and whatever you need to get started. Some people know they cannot have a pet full time, for whatever reasons, and fostering animals may be the “best of both worlds.” It gives you the jog of companionship with a loving animal, and in return, animals have the happiness of a home for as long as you can take them.
The only downside to fostering is someone may adopt the pet while they are in your care, in which case the adopted animal will need to be delivered to its new owner.
Animals in a foster home are under less stress, so it’s likely to reveal the brighter sides of their personalities, and that increases the chances it will attract the eye of someone ready to adopt.
Fostering a pet can be a great project for families, one that teaches children and adults about the value of volunteering, responsibility, compassion, and even learning to deal with loss when a pet is adopted. It becomes a project that the whole family can rally around.
Foster families are asked to provide the kind of care usually associated with owning a pet. So, for example, they will need to provide food and water, appropriate exercise (walking a foster dog) as well as attention and love (petting the animal if appropriate, allowing it to be among the family during the day, etc.)