Why are pet foster parents needed?
Rescues can only save as many animals as they have room and staffing for. Local animal shelters euthanize dozens of healthy and friendly animals each day to make space for the new ones coming in due to limited holding space. Local animal rescue groups have to turn away dozens of adoptable animals each week because they lack foster parents. Not only do foster parents maximize the number of animals rescued, they also help to care for animals that would be difficult to care for in a shelter or kennel environment: puppies and kittens with immune systems not strong enough to fight germs, orphaned or feral kittens, animals recovering from major surgery, or dogs needing one-on-one behavior rehabilitation or a break from the shelter.
Foster homes are helping not only animals but also people in our community. Often rescues receive requests for help from people who wish to find foster homes for their beloved pets instead of surrendering them to the local animal shelter where they will most likely be euthanized. Rescues hear from elderly people moving into nursing homes who cannot bring their pets; from families whose child is suddenly allergic to the family pet; from people who have lost their jobs or homes and can no longer take care of their pets; from people relocating and moving into apartments where there is no room for pets; from families going through a divorce, sickness, or death; and from military personnel who are deployed. A foster home simply provides a loving and safe environment for the pet until it is adopted.