If you’ve been thinking about adding a second furry companion to your household, now may be the time to think about it actively. June is National Foster a Pet Month, and Parkview Animal Hospital would like you to consider the following questions before applying to be a pet foster parent.
Question: Will my current pet accept a new pet?
Answer: Although you may love the thought of adding more pets, your current pet may not feel the same way. If your cat or dog is not a fan of other animals, fostering a pet may cause too much household discord.
Q: Do I have time to take care of an additional pet?
A: Foster pets can require a great deal of care and attention before they find their forever home. Some foster pets are not placed on an adoptable-pet list because they have medical issues that need treatment first, or they may require training, socialization, or rehabilitation to become fit for a new family. Puppies and kittens naturally require more care than adult pets, and senior pets can also demand large amounts of your time. Ensure you understand your foster pet’s needs before committing to their care.
Q: Can I foster a pet without becoming attached?
A: One of the hardest parts of fostering pets is resisting falling in love. You can so easily become attached to a pet whom you have loved and cared for, and you may wind up with a house full of “foster failures.” That may be fine for your situation, but many families cannot foster unlimited pets, so knowing how to prevent yourself from becoming attached to your foster pet may be necessary.
If you’ve asked yourself the three questions above and still think now is an excellent time to become a foster pet parent to a second pet, there’s one last thing you need to do before opening up your home: make sure your current pet is up to date on vaccinations and parasite preventives to avoid potential disease and parasite transmission. Contact our team for an appointment for your pet.