Six reasons to Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays


Today we’re kicking off our Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program. Each year, we encourage you to help pets in need by taking in a foster pet during the holiday season. (Find out how the program started here.)


Check out Fabio in our Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays gallery.

Why is fostering so important — especially during the holidays?

By taking in a foster pet, you’ll be:

  1. Giving shelters and rescue groups extra help during a time of year when they are usually short-staffed.
  2. Giving other foster parents a chance to travel or just take a break.
  3. Freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue group can take in another pet.
  4. Giving your foster pet the time he or she needs to be ready for adoption. (Learn common reasons pets need foster homes.)

  1. Helping the shelter or rescue group learn more about the pet so he can end up in the home best suited to him.
  2. Socializing the pet to a home environment and possibly getting him
    used to being around other pets and different types of people.

To help, we’ll be blogging about fostering all month — answering your
most frequently asked questions and providing moral support.

So give a pet in need a great gift for the holidays — contact a participating shelter or rescue group in your area to sign up, or check out our gallery of pets in need of foster or adoptive homes.

Tell us: What are your questions about fostering a pet?

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