Benefits Of Fostering Pets


ADOPTING ISN’T THE ONLY WAY TO HELP HOMELESS PETS. MANY ANIMAL LOVERS WHO CAN’T PROVIDE A FOREVER HOME ARE BECOMING FOSTER PARENTS. LEEANN TROTTER EXPLAINS THE BENEFITS. “LOOK HOW LITTLE THEY ARE. THEY ARE BABIES.” RIGHT NOW… SHERI BERLINER IS FOSTERING 10 HAMSTERS, A RABBIT. 4 CATS AND TWO DOGS. “IT’S KIND OF LIKE BEING A GRANDPARENT YOU ENJOY THEM AND THEN YOU LET THEM GO. AND YOU GET TO SEE THEM GO TO A BETTER PLACE THAN WHERE YOU GOT THEM FROM.” SHERI IS A PROFESSIONAL PET PHOTOGRAPHER WHO HELPS FIND FOREVER HOMES FOR RESCUES. SHE ADMITS HER WORK IS ONE REASON SHE FOSTERS SO MANY ANIMALS. “I HEAR MORE STORIES AND I AM AWARE OF MORE SITUATIONS. BUT IT ALSO MEANS I HAVE MORE PRESENCE SO I AM ABLE TO GET THEM ADOPTED PERHAPS QUICKER THAN OTHER PEOPLE.” JANICE BROWN GORK HOPES TO GET HER DOG MONKEY ADOPTED. SHE HAD BEEN FOSTERING HIM WITH THE HOPES OF KEEPING HIM, BUT IT WASN’T A GOOD FIT FOR HER FAMILY. “THE KIDS DIDN’T BECOME AS ATTACHED AS QUICKLY AND NOW WE ARE NOT RIPPING THE DOG OUT OF THEIR HANDS BUT IT WAS A GOOD LESSON ABOUT FOSTERING AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT WHAT’S BEST FOR THE ANIMAL.” THAT’S WHY FOSTERING IS SO IMPORTANT WHEN TALKING ABOUT ANIMAL ADOPTION. RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ONE TAIL AT A TIME RELY ON FOSTERING AS A WAY TO HELP SAVE MORE LIVES. “AND WE PROVIDE ALL OF THE SUPPLIES. THE DOGS ARE FULLY VETTED. SO THERE’S NO COST FOR FOSTERING AS FAR AS MEDICAL CARE OR SUPPLIES.” MELISSA FISHER ORIGINALLY SET OUT TO FOSTER HER DOG SPORT. BUT SHE ADOPTED HIM AFTER SHE REALIZED HE HELPED HER BETTER HANDLE HER FATHER’S TERMINAL ILLNESS. “YOU THINK YOU’RE SAVING THEM BUT THEY ARE ALSO SAVING YOU AT THE SAME TIME.” MANY OF THE SHELTERS AROUND THE VALLEY DO OFFER FOSTERING PROGRAMS AS PART OF THEIR OPERATION.

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