Do you love pets, but don’t want to keep them on a permanent basis? Do you love pets, but aren’t sure of how well you can take care of them? Do your children want a pet, but you want them to learn how to take care of one before they can get a permanent pet?
Good – you can foster a pet. Fostering a pet is providing temporarily for an animal – could be a dog, a cat, a hamster, a rabbit – and taking care of their needs and showing them love and attention. As a foster pet parent, you take care of the pet as though it were yours for life, looking after it physically, mentally and emotionally, and feeding it properly.
Fostering pets is a common enough practice due to the number of strays that are rescued off the streets on a daily basis by pet protection agencies, such as Action for Singapore Dogs or Cat Welfare Society. Most of the animals are not pedigrees or purebreds, but they are all capable of vast amounts of love and charm, and they give you as much love as you can show them, maybe even more.
There are certain requirements that you need to meet to be a foster pet parent, depending on the organization or shelter that you go to.
Singapore has several organizations and animal shelters dedicated to taking care of all kinds of pets, and ensuring that they are healthy and end up in good homes where they are well taken care of. These places include:
Fostering a pet is a good way to test yourself, to find out if you are ready and prepared to get a permanent furry companion. Fostering pets is also a great thing to do for expats, who have moved to Singapore and wants to have a companion while living alone.
Fostering a pet allows you to provide temporary shelter for other pets, especially when you have other pets with you in your household, but you feel you could take care of more. Fostering pets is also a good idea if you don’t have the finances to take on a pet full time, but you love pets and have the time to spend with them.
Fostering a pet gives you the opportunity to teach your children about responsibility and how to take care of charges in their care. It also lets you get to know pets much better before adopting one.
Fostering pets is a good way of educating people on pet care and disseminating general information on how to treat pets. Also, the knowledge that you are making a difference in the world by helping to take of pets is one of the greatest benefits of all, and your pets will love you for it.
Singapore is a small country without a lot of space, and this makes it necessary to keep strays off the streets, both for their sakes as well as for the sake of humans.
Furthermore, some animal shelters do not have specific buildings in which to house these pets, and they depend on foster pet parents to provide foster homes for the animals.
Most of these animal shelters also have limited space, because the number of animals brought in usually exceeds the amount of space they have to keep them, and this also necessitates foster parenting for the animals.
Most animal shelters lack volunteers to help in treating, feeding, and cleaning these animals and their habitats for an extended period of time. The lack of volunteers means that the pets won’t be getting as much care and love as they need, and foster homes will be adequate for the pets to get all of this.
If you want a pet, try adopting one from the local shelters. Unsure of the 10 to 20 years of commitment? Give your love and care for the less fortunate cats and dogs until they like yourself, have a permanent loving home.
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