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Foster a Pet

Foster a Pet

Opening your home to a foster pet saves lives, plus it frees up space for another pet to be rescued. Fostering a pet, whether for days, weeks or months may be short-term, but the results are long lasting — not only to the pet, but to you, too. Studies have shown that having a furry friend around can reduce anxiety and help relieve stress — not to mention brighten even the dreariest days.

Here are just a few ways fostering helps:

  • A shelter can be a noisy, stressful place, especially for shy and frightened animals. Providing a loving, quiet, safe space goes a long way toward preparing an animal for adoption.
  • Orphaned or newborn animals, as well as those with special medical needs or behavioral challenges, benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention they receive in foster care. 
  • Fostering helps pets get accustomed to life in a home, smooths their way toward adoption and helps set them up for success in their forever homes.
  • Not sure you're ready to own a pet?  Fostering is a great way to enjoy having a pet without the long-term commitment owning a pet requires.  All vaccinations, medications and supplies are provided by Midlands Humane Society.  So... the only cost to you is lots of love...and maybe some cleaning!
  • Plus, foster families get the first chance to make an official adoption of a pet in their care.  Sometimes called a "foster fail", this means that you just couldn't send one of your fosters back to the shelter to be adopted by others.  And, foster families can have lots of fun naming the pets who temporarily live with them. Please note, all the regular adoption application procedures apply.  

If you’re thinking about adopting a cat or dog, fostering is a great way to find out if an animal is a good fit for you and your family.  You can click on the button below to access our foster application.  If you have questions or want to email back your application, please reach Jenny Jarrell here. 

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