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How you can Become a Fosterer

Foster parent’s guide


You have now learned more about fostering. So, if you still want to become a foster parent and don’t shy away from the responsibilities that come along with caring for a shelter pet, let’s take the first step: which is to contact the shelter. Every animal shelter will have its own requirements for a foster parent/family which they will discuss with you. It will also become clear during this discussion if your circumstances are right and which animal would be most suitable for you to foster. 

A range of important questions should be discussed, such as: 

  • Who will cover the food costs? 
  • Who will cover the veterinary and insurance costs?  
  • Who will pay for an animal behaviourist if one is needed?  
  • Who will pay if your foster pet causes damage to your own or someone else’s property – or even injures someone?  
  • What if you can no longer keep your foster pet due to unforeseen circumstances?  
  • What is expected of you if new potential owners wish to come and meet your foster pet?  
  • What happens if you wish to adopt your foster pet? 
  • How long are pets in foster homes? 
  • What is the process for fostering? 
  • Can you go on holidays with your foster pet? 
  • Do you get support if you have any questions or need someone to talk to while fostering?  

It is always good to find out what the shelters expectations are for foster families and whether there is a foster agreement covering the points discussed. A reputable shelter will ensure that you get all the support you need when you become a fosterer. 

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