Why are foster groups becoming more & more successful?
Many people can’t bear to walk into a shelter. They can find it extremely sad and some feel guilty if they don’t see a pet that really strikes them. Others feel bad if they are unable to adopt more than one, leaving a littermate behind.
When people meet foster pets, they know that this pet WILL get a home even if their home is not the right match. These foster animals are not restricted by time or space limits. As long as they are healthy and friendly, these animals will have a place with a foster family.
When they find their perfect-fit pet at JCAPL, their pet has been seen by a vet.
- Dogs have been tested for heartworm disease and started on preventative.
- Cats and kittens have tested negative for feline leukemia and feline aids.
- All pets are up to date on their vaccines, they have been dewormed, and the spay or neuter surgery either has been done, or will be covered.
- While we can never guarantee the health of any animal (no one can), adopters can have confidence that everything possible has been done to ensure that the pet they have chosen is healthy.
Foster families can provide potential adopters with information about the pet’s individual personality, their likes, dislikes and habits. Is this dog good with children? Is this cat OK with other cats? These things are important to the success and happiness of everyone involved.
Fostered animals are more socialized, and learn much while living in a family/home environment. Dogs are crate-trained, often are house-trained, and may have learned to properly walk on a leash, sit, stay, and other commands. Cats are already litter-trained, and have developed healthy relationships with their care-givers, which will make for an easier transition. These are huge pluses for the pet and make it even more adoptable. Naturally, we don’t always have time to teach every foster everything they can learn, but a few basic things can mean a lot to that pet as well as their new family in the future.