Mother’s Day may be over, but it’s not too late to celebrate! What better way to show your appreciation for the mothers in your life than to become one – a pet mom that is! And don’t worry, guys – you can totally become pet dads, too.

Adopting a pet into your home is a great way to become a pet parent and give one furry friend a lifetime of love. But if you’re looking to make a bigger impact with less of a lifelong commitment, becoming a pet foster parent is the way to go! Let’s take a look at what exactly being a pet foster parent means and how to get involved.

What it MEANS to Foster a Pet

anton-darius-thesollers-298801-unsplashAnimal shelters all over the country are overflowing with animals they don’t have enough resources to take care of. That might look like too many elderly dogs that need a high volume of care, or an influx of newborn kittens that have to be fed and monitored ‘round the clock.

This is where foster moms and dads make a huge difference. Foster parents agree to keep these pets in their own home for a certain amount of time, giving them the care they need until they are able to be permanently adopted out.

What it TAKES to Foster a Pet

justin-veenema-156591-unsplashFostering a pet is a noble job, but it’s not easy. Before you sign up to foster, here are a few things to consider: Do you have the time? Can you risk a bit of damage to your property? Do you have other pets already?

When you foster, you’ll be responsible for feeding, walking, training, and administering medication to your pet on a likely regimented schedule. Make sure your days are flexible enough to accommodate your foster pet’s needs. While your foster pet shouldn’t be dangerous or out of control, there is a level of damage risk that comes with caring for any animal. Accidents, spills, and dirt happen. Finally, if you have other pets already, the shelter will most likely prefer you keep them separated from your foster. If this checklist doesn’t pose any major problems for you, then foster away!

HOW to Foster a Pet

Contacting your local animal shelter is a good place to start when you decide to take the plunge into fostering. You can also search the Internet for shelters that have a high need for foster parents in your area. You’ll likely have to attend a training session or two, sign some paperwork, and then you’ll be well on your fostering way!

Happy fostering!