Top 10 Reasons To Foster A Homeless Animal

I worked on this for the Pontiac Regional Chamber of Commerce today and wanted to share it with you!


  1. You can put that spare bedroom to good use!
  2. You can get that exercise you’ve been talking about getting since January 1st!
  3. You will receive unconditional love from your temporary companion!
  4. You will provide your current pet with a buddy!
  5. You will help socialize a homeless animal so they become more adoptable and better companions. Shelters are very scary places for animals. Animals would much rather be in a house any day.
  6. You will help the Michigan Animal Adoption Network learn more about the personality of the animal, so we can place him/her with the perfect family.
  7. You will be carefully matched with foster homes according to the candidate’s special needs and the foster parent’s abilities. Whether you work full-time or you spend most of your time at home, we’ll help match you with a foster animal that fits your lifestyle.
  8. You will be able to explore many different breeds of dogs and cats to help you decide which traits you might like in your next companion animal.
  9. You will delight at the smiles on the faces of the family that adopts your foster animal and possibly make new friends along the way!
  10. You will know that you’re making a huge difference in the lives of your foster animal! The satisfaction of helping an animal realize a second chance in life really is one of the best feelings in the world.

Buster needs a foster home!

The Fine Print…Foster Parent responsibilities:

  • Provide lots of love, affection, and belly rubs; treating them as if they were your own.
  • Provide food, water, litter, litter boxes, bedding, crates, toys and any other basic necessities.
  • Provide a safe, secure, healthy environment for the animal to live, play and exercise in.
  • Provide transportation to and from veterinary and grooming appointments. (These appointments are paid for by the rescue as long as they are approved in advance.)
  • Provide time for potential forever families to learn about, meet, and visit with the dog.
  • When necessary, work with the dog on socializing or behavioral needs.
  • Provide transportation to and from adoption events. Stay at adoption events to show animals to potential adopters.
  • Volunteers with pets must show proof of spay or neuter and current vaccinations.
  • You must be of good moral and social character and not have been convicted of any crimes against animals.
  • You must be able to care for and administer medications to the animal if necessary. 
  • All foster parents must be 21 years of age or older.

For More Information, Contact the Michigan Animal Adoption Network at 248.545.5055.


2 responses

  1. I fostered four beautiful kittens for two weeks last summer and it was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. They all have forever homes now and I know I played a part in helping them get there after they were unceremoniously dumped on our shelter.

    It’s a lot of work and responsibility, but so worth it.

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