There are countless animals that are in shelters looking for forever homes. It can be hard for many animals to adapt to the shelter environment, as many are accustomed to spending their days laying on their past owners couch and interacting with family members. Some pets come to the shelter because they were mistreated, abandoned or abused. As you can imagine these pets could also benefit from extra attention. Have you ever thought about being a pet foster parent? Pets from all walks of life can end up in a shelter or in the care of a rescue organization. Some pets may come from divorce, had owners that passed away, some may have been strays or been surrendered because of financial hardship. On any given day at the shelter or in foster care there can be very young animals to senior pets. There are usually an array of purebreds and mixes. A lot of these animals are in good health, have a great temperament and are ready to find a forever home right away.
Fostering can be a great way to help animals cope until they find their forever home. Some pets may need time to adapt to the home environment; some may need training, patience and lots of love. Some animals that have been rescued from horrific situations need extra time to build confidence and learn about the home life. As many of you know fostering or being a part of a rescue organization can be one of the most rewarding experiences. It is important that you understand that when you foster one pet you are really saving two lives, one animal is with you and this opens up a spot at the shelter or rescue to save another life.
If you are unable to open your home up to a pet then consider volunteering at a local animal shelter or for an animal rescue. Not only do shelters need help with everyday maintenance such as cleaning and feeding but you can also provide great enrichment to pets by spending time with cats and walking dogs. Most shelters and rescue organizations run on donations. Donations can be monetary or tangible items. The shelters spend a lot of money on medical care and also routine veterinary needs. If you do not have a lot of money to give, rescues and shelters can also benefit from gently used items such as beds, toys, blankets, along with cleaning supplies.
In celebration of change a pets life day we hope that you consider ways to be a hero to an animal today. Think about adopting, volunteering or donating.
We are thankful for our Hero’s!