2001-Sat Feb 25 02:11:46 MST 2017
Vetstreet. All rights reserved.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
Last week I suffered a setback in my side job as a foster mom. After placing an adorable, 8-year-old English Bulldog in what I hoped would prove her forever home, she came back. Lulu’s rehoming had lasted all of seven days. It simply wasn't a good fit.
Owner-pet incongruence ranks high among the common pitfalls of being a foster owner, which makes sense: Misjudging the match is easy when so many variables are involved.
These mis-fit factors can trash an otherwise made-in-heaven adoption placement. But finding a perfect forever home is just one of the challenges of fostering. As I can attest from my 20-plus years of experience, there are plenty more pitfalls besides mismatches.
Fortunately, however, there are more pluses than minuses in the fostering formula. Fostering is among the more worthwhile endeavors an animal lover can undertake, which is why I urge everyone with the desire, space, energy, attitude and means to consider the occasional shift as a foster owner. After all, how better to find a pet the perfect home than to play one-on-one matchmaker?
Before you begin, here’s a rundown of the issues foster owners can encounter on their adventures:
1. Falling in love. It’s as easy as you might expect. Prepare yourself for learning to love your foster — and to let her go. As someone who’s done it scores of times, I can tell you that it’s never easy. It may smart, but the good news is that a forever placement is a worthy reward for your temporary suffering.
2. The expense. It takes more than love to keep a foster animal. Because all of my foster pets show up as medical “disasters” best suited for a veterinarian to take on, they’re especially expensive. I do, however, have a knack for soliciting donations of special diets from pet food manufacturers, low-cost surgeries from local specialists and high-end meds from drug distributors. Even so, it can be pricey.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Get all the best pet news and information sent right to your inbox!
Thank you for subscribing!
Dogs and cats help improve our mental,
social and physical health — and we
have the science to prove it!
We asked our readers to share the funny
things and skillful tricks their dogs will do
to get Milk-Bone® Pill…
It’s more than just cute when your kitty
naps in a box — it’s an instinctive
behavior that’s hardwired in her…
Herding dog, search-and-rescue dog, guide dog, police dog, farm dog — you name it, the German Shepherd can do it.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.