Foster a Pet

You can give shelter to animals in need by providing a temporary home.

8 Reasons to Foster a Pet

If you’d like to make a big impact on homeless animals in central Alberta, consider becoming a foster family. The ability to provide a temporary home to a shelter animal in need is an immensely rewarding experience and here are 8 reasons you should consider taking a foster into your home.

1. Comfortable Home

Some animals don’t do well in a shelter environment. They may be elderly or frightened of the smells and sounds. These animals have a much greater chance of being adopted if they’re placed in a home environment and are given some TLC.

2. Free veterinary care & food

If a foster animal needs veterinary care, it is the responsibility of the shelter to provide it. We even provide food and other supplies to their foster homes if needed.

3. Companionship

Fostering an animal can be a rewarding experience for anyone of any age! As long as you are allowed to have pets in your home you can enjoy the companionship of an animal needing a temporary home.

4. Learning opportunity

You’ll be able to learn about behaviour, grooming and social interactions as you spend time with your foster pet.

5. Help With adoptive match-making

You’ll learn the little details about the animals personality. This is an incredible gift to individuals looking to adopt this animal. You’ll be able to inform them of all the strong points as well as areas that need to be focused on if they are considering your foster.

6. Playmate for your other critters

If you already have a dog or cat, fostering can provide your pampered pet with a companion and playmate.

7. Great experience for children

Fostering teaches children about compassion and generosity.

8. Allow shelters to help one more dog, cat or bunny

You are making room for another animal in need at the shelter. One more open run or kennel means one less to turn away. Fostering means that you save a life.

For more information please contact our Foster Care Coordinator: 
Please also feel free to fill out our online pdf form and send it back to our Foster Care Coordinator.
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Telisha Fitchett
Animal Care Assistant Manager & Foster Coordinator
403-342-7722  ext 212
fax: 403-341-3147

4505-77 Street Red Deer, AB T4P 2J1
Charitable No# 12986 7826 RR0001