I worked on this for the Pontiac Regional Chamber of Commerce today and wanted to share it with you!
TOP TEN REASONS TO FOSTER A HOMELESS ANIMAL:
- You can put that spare bedroom to good use!
- You can get that exercise you’ve been talking about getting since January 1st!
- You will receive unconditional love from your temporary companion!
- You will provide your current pet with a buddy!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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.