Have You Ever Considered Fostering a Pet?
When it comes to making a difference in the world, there are many opportunities. Fostering a pet may be the perfect one for you! Let The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital, review some things to consider before making a commitment to this worthy endeavor.
Close the Gap
Animal shelters commonly use the following reasons to promote the fostering of dogs, cats, and other animals:
- Too young – Baby animals brought to the shelter without their mothers must be provided for carefully. Orphaned kittens or puppies are typically kept together until they’re ready for adoption.
- Sick or recovering – An illness or injury can preclude a quick, easy adoption. When pets have a quiet, comforting place to recover, they heal better, making an eventual adoption more likely.
- Special needs – Whether an animal struggles with socialization or simply requires a break from stressful shelter life, fostering a pet can make all the difference. In other words, fostering helps them become more desirable pets.
- More room – Fostering makes more room available for other homeless pets.
Whether it’s an emergency rescue, recovery, or rehabilitation, individualized care inside a home can be extremely beneficial for animals in need. Through fostering, pets become acquainted with the idea of human kindness.
The Fine Print of Fostering a Pet
Before fostering a pet, seriously consider the following:
- The time, patience, energy, love, and understanding required in this relationship is critical. It’s important to be honest with yourself regarding your availability and willingness to take on something like this.
- Most animals only require a few days of foster care, but some end up needing weeks or even months. It’s up to you when you want to begin fostering a pet.
- Consider the type of animal that would best fit your home/family/lifestyle.
- Responsibilities include feeding, cleaning up, socializing, administering medications, and offering loads of affection. Crate training is also an excellent idea.
- The shelter usually provides things like blankets, food, leashes, bowls, litter, etc., but you can also purchase your own.
Hard to Say Goodbye
While fostering a pet is incredibly rewarding, many folks worry about having to say goodbye to an animal with whom they’ve now formed a lifelong bond. While this can certainly be hard, you can find comfort knowing you played a critical role in helping them find a loving forever home.
The Pet Experts are excited to report that our foster program is a smashing success! We’re proud to assist local rescue partners in this effort. Just last year, we provided care and housing for over 100 pets! We also hold fundraisers frequently to support our foster partners. Be sure to like our Facebook where we announce our events and post our available foster and adoptable pets. As the number of shelter pets continues to grow, it’s up to volunteers to make a difference. If you’re interested in joining the program, please give us a call.
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor’s Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Meet Our Adoptable Animals!
We are currently fostering some great pets available for adoption! Visit our Featured Foster page HERE to view all animals available for adoption and make an appointment to meet them at our clinic by calling us at 630.665.1500!
Holiday Hours & Closings!
Please note our Holiday Hours and Closings! For Emergency Services during Holiday Hours, you MUST call 630.337.3070!
We Are a Toys for Tots Drop Off Location!
Now through Thursday, December 13th we'll be collecting for Toys for Tots! Stop by during our normal business hours to drop off any new, unwrapped toys. No stuffed animals or toy weapons, please. Many thanks for your generosity during the holiday season!
New Dog or Puppy? Time For Training!
Training is an important part of any dog's life! From providing mental stimulation to exercise and proper socialization, training will help in the development of a great canine companion! We are now enrolling for Basic Obedience Classes! Classes will be held at Elmhurst Animal Care Center (850 S. Riverside Dr. Elmhurst, IL.) Please call 630.530.1900 to register your pet or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions you may have! The cost of the 6-week class is $120.