To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, the cooperation of your family or roommates, flexibility, and some knowledge of animal behavior. You also must understand that there is a possibility that the foster pet may or may not be adopted when returned to the animal care center. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation.
Potential fosters must complete the foster application and may be asked to attend a training session. Shelter or rescue group staffers may conduct a home visit prior to your receiving your first foster pet. You may have restrictions on the pet you must obey, such as do not take into public, no dog parks, keep away from other pets, etc. Keep in mind, the animal you foster is NOT your own, it is the rescue’s.