What is Fostering?
Fostering is something that you can do to save lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love.
The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.
In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of living at the shelter. For some dogs and cats, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.
Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to decompress.
Whether it’s short or long term, we have a foster pet for everyone!
Length of foster care varies based on each animal. Some foster animals may only need your hospitality for a week or two, while others may require up to three months of care. The length of time can depend on the animal’s age, medical issues, and the amount of effort placed into marketing the pet. Most foster animals stay in their foster homes until they are adopted out, so marketing your foster animal is an important factor in length of stay!
Interested in becoming a foster but want to know more?
Peggy started fostering for San Antonio Pets Alive! in 2017, and since has fostered over 300 pets. Although she has taken different kinds of animals into her care, she focuses primarily on puppies and dogs. Peggy even ended up adopting one of her fosters, Max, an adorable tripod pup and his sidekick Houston.
Peggy remains positive through the COVID-19 situation with the help of resources our organization offers like zoom meetings with new fosters and always having someone to contact when questions arise. Her advice to anyone who just started the foster journey is, “thank you for fostering and don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone in the team.”
Debe is a sucker for puppy kisses so she is always willing to take the cutest pups into her home. Her personal chihuahua has become her own personal foster assistant by making sure the guests don’t leave the living room area. “I don’t even have a pet gate set up, my dog will diligently bark them back into the room”, says Debe.
One of her favorite things about fostering is seeing a pet come out of their shell. Many times they can be timid and uncomfortable in a new environment, but as soon as they warm up it is hard not to fall in love with them. Debe always tries to take in more than one so she doesn’t get too attached to these adorable creatures. “There are always pups in need of a home”, is what she constantly reminds herself. She encourages people to foster not only because it is a lot of fun but also because it’s worth trying.