Tips for Fostering Dogs
March 2, 2023
More animals are staying in shelters now than before the pandemic, according to a report from Shelter Animals Count, and just over half (53%) of dogs in shelters are adopted. However, the report also found that fostering dogs is a proven way to help pets find new homes.
For those looking to support rescue dogs in need, the PEDIGREE® brand and its FOSTERVERSE™ program offer tips for a positive fostering experience and show how you can help end pet homelessness. To learn more and get involved, visit Pedigree.com/Fosterverse.
Learn the Dog’s Background
Every dog has a unique personality and set of needs, which is why it’s important to learn as much as you can before fostering a dog. Try to gather detailed information from the rescue organization or animal shelter before bringing the dog home, including age, breed, health conditions, dietary needs, energy level and even likes and dislikes. Learning about your foster dog’s background ahead of time can help you prepare and ensure a smooth transition to your home.
Prepare Your Household
Spend time making your home as dog-friendly and safe as possible by keeping electronics, cleaning supplies, sharp objects and other potentially dangerous items out of the way. This may mean taking a look at items in your home from the dog’s eye level to see what might be within reach. If you will be introducing a foster dog to other pets in your household, try to provide ample space to allow for slow introductions. Also consider looking for ways to designate spaces and belongings (like beds) between your pets so they can have comfortable places to retreat and rest.
Train for Eventual Adoption
Once your foster dog has adjusted to the new environment, consider gradually implementing routines. These routines may include activities like obedience training, physical exercise, house training and crate training. Teaching your foster pup good habits in preparation for adoption can increase the likelihood of finding a forever home.
Market Your Foster Dog
Spread the word in your community in person and on social media that you are fostering and helping find a forever home for your four-legged friend. A survey from AdoptAPet.com revealed the simple act of sharing information on social media about adoptable pets at local shelters can save a pet’s life, with 8 out of 10 (84%) organizations reporting that sharing pet content online increases the likelihood of pets being adopted. Help get the word out and show your community members why they should consider adopting your foster pup.
Try Virtual Fostering
While many people might want to foster a pup, there are many factors that may not allow them to foster pets in real life. That’s why the PEDIGREE brand is bringing fostering opportunities to the Metaverse for anyone who owns a digital property in Decentraland, offering a new platform for dog adoption. Users may interact with dogs they meet in the FOSTERVERSE program and learn about their backgrounds and adoption status, as well as ways to support dogs in need across the country. Dog lovers can choose to adopt a dog they meet virtually through AdoptAPet.com or donate to PEDIGREE Foundation to help similar adoptable pets in need across the country.
Looking To Adopt
If you are looking to adopt a pet the Humane Society of Broward County is the place to visit. Here are a couple of possible family members for you to go see, you just might find the love of your life.
Drogo (ID A662920) would love to go home with you! This three-year-old shepherd mix sadly was given up because his family is moving and could not take him along. He is crate trained and enjoys going for walks. Drogo is very friendly and may jump up out of excitement when you come to meet him. An active family with kids would be ideal. If you have another dog at home, a meet and greet would be great to see if they get along. His former family said he is playful with other dogs and curious about cats. Tough toys would be recommended for him.
Can Cleopatra (ID A639300) be part of your family? This regal beauty is 6 years old and was abandoned at the shelter. The volunteers say she loves to be pet and enjoys treats. She is super sweet and gets along with other felines. Thanks to a cat lover, her adoption fee has been sponsored.
To meet Drogo or any of the other pets at the Humane Society of Broward County, visit www.humanebroward.com to complete the pre-adoption application and then stop by. The adoption kennels open daily at 11:00 a.m. and the shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale – a block west of I95. If you have questions call 954-989-3977 ext. 6.
The VCA Walk for the Animals is March 4! Hope to see you there. This is the shelter’s largest fundraiser and the Walk has a new location – Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park!