Michael Barrett, VP of Grants Management for the ASPCA wrote:
This is true for fostering. There are so many reasons why you should foster, and to offer a bit of perspective I asked friends three reasons why they foster.
Christy from Missouri wrote:
“My number one reason would be to save their lives. Normally the ones I foster are from high kill shelters. Second, I get to find the perfect forever home that I believe is the best fit. Third, I can choose to foster a big dog, little dog, a puppy, a senior dog, long term or short term- it’s flexible.”
Wendy one our seasoned fosters and cat wranglers says:
“First, It’s fun. When fostering kittens, you will laugh out loud at least once a day, guaranteed. Second, it’s heartwarming. Watching a cat you have fostered go to its forever home is priceless. Third, it’s rewarding. You are making a genuine difference in another life. How often in your day-to-day routine do you get to do that? With fostering, you are doing it every day (I could keep going on…)
From Katelyn, part of one of the great families that work with us, chimes in with these wise words:
“My name is Katelyn and I am 10 years old. I think that fostering is great! You get to spend time with cats you like. If you’re looking for a cat that fits you, it’s good to “try out” cats for a few weeks. Then you might be able to adopt a cat more easily. Also, I think that it’s a good idea for the cats too. Cats at adoption centers can get depressed. When they go to a new environment with new toys and people, it can make them feel better. My family has fostered cats a few times, and even though it is hard to bring them to be adopted and not have them in our house anymore, it makes me feel good to know that I helped each cat get used to people so it can find a forever home.” Fostering is a family affair.
The bottom line is that fostering buys an animal time. Wherever an animal comes from (high kill shelter, abandoned on the streets, or surrendered) fostering gives that cat, dog, ferret or any other animal a new chance at life. If an animal has graced your life won’t you pay it forward by fostering for us? We are in desperate need of fosters. The more fosters we have the more lives we can save. If interested please let us know. It’s a rewarding experience you will never forget.