10 Things a First-Time Foster Pet Parent Should Know


Fostering pets can give animals a chance to flourish before they’re sent to their forever homes. According to data gathered by The Humane Society of the United States, 6.5 million cats and dogs enter shelters every year.

Many of these shelters can’t house all of the animals they receive and, thus, rely on foster pet parents to fill in those gaps.

Fostering a pet for the first time can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but also intimidating if you’re not sure what to expect.

ManyPets compiled a list of 10 tips for first-time foster pet parents to help their foster pets feel happy and safe.

Consider the Time Commitment

Before agreeing to foster, critically evaluate whether you truly can give your foster pet the time commitment they need and deserve.

If a pet is in foster care, they may require a big-time commitment, depending on the type of animal or breed.

Survey Your Home for Safety

For the safety of your foster pet, before bringing them into your home, do a thorough survey to see if there are any potentially dangerous substances or items.

For example, do you have any plants that are toxic? Are there cables lying around that could be chewed?

Mitigate Stress Factors

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