Hundreds of lives are saved each year as a result of pet fostering. Fostering an animal in your home provides a caring environment until they are adopted. It sounds like a simple process, but it should not be undertaken lightly. Fostering requires dedication, patience, hard work, and a deep commitment.
The benefits of fostering a pet are numerous. The animal has an opportunity to live in a more personal and loving setting, as opposed to shelter life. It also provides a safe and secure place where the pet's true personality traits can be observed. These observations can be invaluable in determining a successful match with a forever family for that particular animal. Most people want to know all they can about their perspective pets before adopting, and fosters can provide that information. Another important benefit to animals in foster care is the love, individual attention, and training (if needed) they receive.
The DHS has no facility so our fosters are the most important volunteers that we have.We provide the food, equipment (collars, leashes, crates, bowls, etc) and all approved veterinary care. The fosters are expected to provide reasonable transportation for veterinary care.
The DHS tries very hard to make sure that we offer support and advice to our fosters so that it will be an extremely rewarding experience for both the animal and the foster.