It’s National Puppy Day! Tell your friends, tell your family, and most of all – pamper your puppy! Puppies fill our hearts with rainbows and sunshine, but did you know many of them go without proper care, nutrition and training due to the outstanding need for fostering?
That’s right, most shelters need YOU to take a puppy (or two, or three) off their hands for even just a few weeks while they’re too young to be adopted and need more care than the shelter can provide. Fostering puppies can be super rewarding (and not to mention fun!) but before you dive into the foster life, let’s take a look at what it really takes.
Do you have the time?
Fostering puppies is a fairly large time commitment. You need to be able to spend AT LEAST two hours a day socializing and caring for your puppy. Most shelters would love if you spent as much time as possible playing with and gently training your furry house guest.
Is your schedule flexible for appointments?
Along with having enough time to spend at home with your foster pup, you’ll be helping the shelter out by taking him to his vaccination and routine vet appointments while in your care. Don’t worry, you shouldn’t have to pay out of your own pocket for these. But you will need to be able to take the time out of your schedule to bring your puppy to his appointments.
Do you have pets of your own?
It’s recommended that you have at least had a pet of your own at some point, so that you know what you’re doing when you foster your puppy. But if you have your own pets currently, keep in mind most shelters will want you to keep your foster puppy and your other furry friends separated.
Can you handle the clean-up and potential damage?
Puppies are so cute, super fuzzy, and somewhat destructive. Fostering puppies doesn’t necessarily guarantee damage to your property, but you must be aware of the possibility. If they don’t damage anything, puppies are still messy little creatures that need to be cleaned up after often.
Are you prepared to let go?
The goal of fostering is to prepare your puppy to find a loving forever home as soon as he’s old enough. That means that unfortunately, once your job is done, you will have to say goodbye. This can be a tough transition, but a good trick is to picture how happy your puppy is going to be at his new home with his very own family.
So what do you think? Does fostering sound like something you’d be interested in? Helping overcrowded and under-resourced shelters raise adorable, adoptable puppies is a great way to give back and get a little puppy love in return.
Oh, and don’t forget, you’ll be needing these! Happy National Puppy Day!