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Why You Really Should Foster An Animal

MARCH 27, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. It gives the animal the opportunity to learn a few tricks to impress potential adopters with.

It gives the animal the opportunity to learn a few tricks to impress potential adopters with.

2. You'll help the rescue organization determine the character of the animal, therefore being better able to place them in a perfect forever home. 

You'll help the rescue organization determine the character of the animal, therefore being better able to place them in a perfect forever home. 

3. You'll learn a lot about yourself in the process.

You'll learn a lot about yourself in the process.

4. You get a chance to see if you're ready to make a full-time, permanent commitment to an animal.

You get a chance to see if you're ready to make a full-time, permanent commitment to an animal.

5. You get to watch amazing transformations that happen, in large part, because of you.

You get to watch amazing transformations that happen, in large part, because of you.

6. Fostering animals helps to keep them out of shelters. 

Fostering animals helps to keep them out of shelters. 

7. Fostering animals actually increases their chances of being adopted.

Fostering animals actually increases their chances of being adopted.

8. Fostering also frees up space in shelters for needy animals who aren't as lucky as those being fostered in homes.

Fostering also frees up space in shelters for needy animals who aren't as lucky as those being fostered in homes.

9. You get to remind an innocent animal that they are loved and wanted.

You get to remind an innocent animal that they are loved and wanted.

10. You'll get to help more animals this way than adopting alone.

You'll get to help more animals this way than adopting alone.

11. You'll get the chance to be a foster failure.

You'll get the chance to be a foster failure.

12. You'll be reminded of the good in the world.

You'll be reminded of the good in the world.

13. Fostering lets you know if your family is really ready for another companion animal.

Fostering lets you know if your family is really ready for another companion animal.

14. You'll get to meet like-minded people.

You'll get to meet like-minded people.

15. It gives the animal much-needed transitional rest time. 

It gives the animal much-needed transitional rest time. 

16. You get to watch them move on and know you helped them do that.

You get to watch them move on and know you helped them do that.

17. Fostering means you'll never be bored...

Fostering means you'll never be bored...

18. It also lets the animals socialize with humans and other animals in a way that's just not possible in the shelter setting.

It also lets the animals socialize with humans and other animals in a way that's just not possible in the shelter setting.

19. You are saving a life. 

You are saving a life.