If animals are your priority, you are a kindred spirit and have come to the right blog. It is all about focusing attention on the proper care and treatment of animals so that they thrive and continue to populate the planet. Everyone can make a difference, and millions are trying. There are vast numbers of pet owners. However, there is still animal cruelty and abuse. There are abandoned newborn cats and dogs. Then there is the huge problem of endangered species. We must address this issue before it is too late. Media attention, word of mouth, advertising, blogs—whatever works. If you consider the size of the earth, so many animals are in jeopardy. You can support the preservation of these creatures with monetary donations or you can volunteer for organizations that care. For today, I am going to stay close to home and talk about fostering animals.
We have all heard of foster parents of children in need. There are also foster homes for animals as well. You house a pet for a short period of time until they find a permanent, forever home. Sometimes you adopt them yourself, but it is not mandatory. It is a good way to “try out” a new member of your family, especially if there are other pets present. I can’t tell you how rewarding it is. I can tell you this first hand, having hosted many cats and dogs. I once took in a pet that just had surgery to remove an infected hind leg. The pet adoption placement agency needed someone to help a female cat learn to walk and eventually run. She came to me skinny as a rail and weak overall. In a month, she was leaping and running about the house. It was easy for her to jump on the bed, her preferred place for napping. She was sweet and adorable and my sister eventually gave her a home. I love a story with a happy ending.
When you foster an animal, you are responsible for its feeding and care. If you have never owned a pet, you learn fast. You find out what it is like without making a long-term commitment. If you want to be well prepared, you should read online about the breed and what typically to expect. The animal agency or shelter will surely help in this regard. You need a bowl for water and one for food, the kind recommended. You can usually select the brand. I also find a small cordless portable vacuum is handy to get rid of any shedding hair whenever you want to do a Pet Hair Clean Up.
You never know what you will get once you volunteer, and it could well be a long-haired breed. Some pets lose hair seasonally so you might not know for a little while. I encourage you to be open to this inevitable chore. Even a small, but powerful, appliance can do the job with the right attachment. Get several tools (they come with most units) and try them out.