One of the greatest needs for animal rescue groups is temporary foster homes. Many groups don’t have a shelter and rely on their network of foster homes to care for the animal until it finds its forever home. Organizations that do have shelters frequently need foster homes for very young kittens or puppies and special needs animals or when their shelter is full. Click here for a previous story on becoming a foster pet parent.
From time to time I will feature stories on individuals who provide foster care for homeless pets in the metro Atlanta area. Teresa Martinez is a foster parent with Furkids. Here is her description of her experience as a new foster parent to homeless cats (from the Furkids Facebook page):
“For all of you saying ‘I can't foster, I couldn't let them go’, I said the same thing but I am so glad I changed my mind.
I got into fostering last November when Furkids did their annual Thanksgiving pull. I got talked into ‘just take a look at a momma cat and her three kittens.’ Of course I wasn't going to say no once I saw them. I had the sweet family until mid-January when the kittens were adopted. Sure, it was hard letting them go but I knew they were going to good homes and going to have a good life. That was a lot easier than knowing what would have become of them if Furkids hadn't gotten them from the kill shelter.
The more people who open their hearts and become foster families, the more precious lives we can save. Remember, ‘it is better to have loved and lost then to have never loved at all.’”
Click here to find out how to become a foster parent with Furkids.