How to Foster Rescued Pets

May 15, 2013

Animal rescue has been evolving over the past several years.  Many rescue organizations are moving away from buildings lined with cages to a network of foster homes that help animals experience the full experience of living with a family in a real home.  As the transition to fostering rescue pets takes place, administrative policies also need to change.  In addition, animal shelter insurance has become more necessary than ever before. Let’s explore how the foster system works.

Many animals just entering the foster system have spent a great deal of time on the streets. Foster “parents” need to have a great deal of patience and understanding on how to train these animals to live in a home environment.  Applications need to be thoroughly checked and home visits made.  Regardless of the animal’s age, these applicants need to realize they may have to housebreak or litter train the animal.  Dogs may never have experienced walking on a leash and may exhibit signs of anxiety. They may be destructive and even bite if scared.

The overseeing organization is financially responsible for any repairs to damaged homes or medical costs associated with bites.  Without animal shelter insurance it is unlikely the overseeing agency will be able to handle costs for any period of time.  Possible lawsuits could destroy what you have set out to accomplish. This can be the case even quicker if an animal attending an adoption event becomes scares and accidentally bites someone.

By thoroughly checking out the families and homes that will foster the animals, providing training for the special needs of foster animals and being able to provide compensation for property damage or medical treatments, you can run an effective foster rescue that will increase the chances of your charges eventually moving on to permanent homes of their very own.

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