One Day Julie – A 29 year old Ad Exec for a cheese company saw Charlie… a cheese-loving dog who was stuck in a shelter on Facebook. She wasn’t ready to be a pet parent yet but the shelter had a foster program. Julie assures everyone that she will just keep Charlie until they find him a good home.
Many shelter programs offer tremendous support to foster parents.
Oooohhhh no! Charlie pee’s on the throw rug… but with the help of a little cheese, patience and some training… he learns to go outside and to sit… Then Charlie thinks Jimmy Choos are CHEW toys…but he does greet Julie every time she comes home with a smile and a wiggly tail.
61 % of people would foster if their local shelter had a foster program. Animals adopted form foster care have a lower return rate than animals directly from a shelter… 14% of shelter pets are returned while only 2% of fostered pets are.
One day the shelter calls Julie.. The perfect family wants to adopt Charlie! Julie panics… will they keep Jarlsberg in the fridge? Will they let Charlie sleep on the bed?
20 % of foster parents find their forever friend and adopt their foster pets.
Julie become a foster failure and adopts Charlie and gives him a forever home…. Charlie is a big foster winner!
While the term “Foster Failure” is widely used.. foster failures do NOT fail! In fact, they succeed in saving the lives of two very special animals – The one they adopt and the one they make roof for at the shelter.
Visit Pet360.com/foster to learn more about fostering shelter pets.
Have you ever fostered a pet? What was your experience? If you have any wisdom or tips to share please do so in the comments here.