How fostering a pooch can add a little spice to your life
I often talk about the myriad benefits of fostering an animal. It's a great way for those who cannot adopt to get a furry cuddle fix and help an animal in need! It is also a great way for someone who is uncertain if they are ready to commit to a companion animal to test the waters.
I thought I'd share my latest foster with all of you, as she is quite the little treasure! Here is Ms. Pepper- the original Spice girl!
Rescue groups always have more animals they want to save than places to house them. Contrary to what many people think, most rescue groups do not have a physical facility and they rely solely on fosters to be able to save the animals they re-home. It's heart wrenching for these rescuers to have time run out for a wonderful adoptable animal before a home or foster can be found. So fostering is literally the life-saving link in so many happy endings.
And fostering can take many forms. Typically a rescue group will first do a home visit to assess what is a good fit for you, what other animals are in the home if any, and to hear what you are able to provide. To find a rescue group in your area and learn about fostering opportunities, visit AdoptAPet.com
Next week I'll talk more about fostering and share the very happy ending to Pepper's journey to her forever home.
Dr. Pia Salk.
PS: Remember to tell us your pet adoption stories for an opportunity to win a $10,000 donation to the One Hope Network shelter of your choice -- not to mention a trip to New York City (my hometown!) to see the Martha Stewart show!