Be A Foster. Save A Life.
Have you ever found yourself at an event, on a crowded bus,
subway, or even worse in the middle seat of a long overcrowded
flight? If so you might have an idea of how the energy feels in an
overcrowded animal shelter. Right now, at the Lee County Humane
Society we are over our max capacity. What that means is we are out
of space! A healthy, life saving action that YOU can do is becoming a
If you are unfamiliar with pet fostering, it is when you provide
temporary care to shelter animals. Opening not only your heart, but
your home. Fostering helps with shelter overcrowding, reduces the
animal’s stress levels, facilitates a smooth transition when they go to
their forever home.
Being a foster parent takes a lot of patience and compassion,
but the benefits are immeasurable. While fostering frees up space, it
helps develop better social skills, it also gives the shelter staff a better
insight into their personality. Life in the shelter provides interaction
with people, mostly being with shelter staff. Fostering helps shelter
cats and dogs interact with more people, all in a reduced stress
environment. Another benefit for fostering is if a cat or dog has an
illness or a surgical procedure and needs a relaxed, healing
environment to help them reach that ever so coveted furever home.
The best of both worlds. A foster provides all of the above without
taking on a lifelong commitment. This is unless you are a “foster fail”.
While this sounds negative, it simply means you loved your foster so
much you became their adopter, their furever home. We all like that “I
did something great” feeling, and that is what fostering is.
Fostering doesn’t come without some growing pains. Almost all
shelter cats and dogs come to us without much knowledge of who
they are, what they have been through, or what robbed them of their
first chance at life. Second chances are what animal shelters are all
about. That said, it can be very frustrating. The “I did something great”
feeling can begin with “what did I get myself into” feeling. Remember
that patience and loving hard work gets you to that “I did something