In-home fostering is becoming increasingly more popular these days. It’s an excellent way for the average person to find a dog who best fits into their household. Maybe you already have a dog, and want to get a second one…but you’re not sure what size, breed or gender would work best? Or perhaps you’ve never even had a dog, are pretty sure you want one…but don’t know what kind of dog to choose? Well, any and all questions like those can simply be answered by becoming a foster parent. And it’s really easier than you might think.
St. Louis has numerous rescue groups who’re always in need of more foster homes. Several rescue groups (at least in this town) will hold regular weekend adoption events at local pet stores like PetCo and PetSmart. Independently-owned smaller pet stores will sometimes offer to host weekend adoption events, too. All you need to do is stop by a pet store who’s advertising an adoption event and ask a rescue-volunteer what’s involved and where to sign up, if you choose. You’ll be warmly welcomed into the group. That’s for sure. Doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment either. Your call.
Most groups will only ask that foster parents feed their foster dog and transport them to and from vet appointments. All veterinary fees, including shots and neutering/spaying are typically covered by the rescue group. Many of the groups will also see to it that dental exams are included and paid for, as well.
One of the best things about foster dogs, is that they’re usually adults (a few, even seniors). So you know what you’re getting from the start. Bringing your foster to adoption events every so often, is encouraged, of course. However, there’s not much more to it than that. Honest! You can pick which dog you want to foster, and when. You can even swtich fosters if you have problems with one you get.
Ultimately, you will be giving a loving home to those pups who may never have known one in the past. The emotional reward is something that really hits the heart. There’s not a better feeling than watching a scared dog who’s had a rough past, turn into a calm and happy lil’ pooch who’s come to “wuv you”. And then, there’s always the option to adopt your foster too!