If you are an animal lover and thinking of bringing a dog or cat into your family, consider getting them from an animal shelter, as it’s probably the noblest thing to do. While no one wants to see any dogs or any other animals beaten, abused, or abandoned, many animal shelter pets have these animals. It’s because animal shelters take dogs and cats there were probably abandoned, abused and neglected.
Some of them even die on the streets from hunger, illness, or injury. The ones that are lucky get picked up and sent to animal shelters for possible adoption. So, if you’re thinking of getting a dog to take care of, go to animal shelters and adopt a dog or a cat. This way, you’re helping the domestic animal population in general.
Although fostering a dog is highly encouraged than buying one, fostering a dog isn’t just for anyone. Dogs that are from the shelter are different from dogs that you get to buy on the pet shop. These foster dogs are dogs with experience of mostly abuse, mistreatment, and abandonment. And you must bear in mind that being fostered and finding new owners is a huge thing and new hope for their lives.
Fostering a dog is a huge responsibility and it requires more patience and real commitment from the owner. Since these dogs mostly have bad experiences, anyone who wants to foster must have experience with dogs. Most shelters usually make sure that the people who are adopting the pet are ones that actually care and would be responsible owners for the cat or dog.
Dogs that have experienced abuse or were abandoned are often the most difficult to foster as they have developed fear, trauma and a lot of anxieties from their past experiences. They often have trust issues and it would take for someone to have a lot of patience to actually get the dog to follow and give trust to the owner to take care of him.
One must need to encourage them to have confidence and patiently teach them to be social. It should be in a foster owner’s capacity to be patient and give love and care for these dogs who haven’t felt it before.
During the process of adoption, here are some of the questions that you need to ask the shelter before taking a dog:
- How did he come to be with the shelter or rescue group? How long has he been there?
- Does he have any medical concerns or need medication?
- Has the dog been given vaccines for anti-rabies, heartworm and other diseases?
- Does he have any behavioral issues or concerns? How are they dealt with?
- How can you take care of the dog?
This is only some of the information that you need to know about the dog. It’s important to have a background of how the dog ended up in the shelter. That way you will have an idea of how you can take care of him or her and you’ll be able to know what makes the dog anxious and eventually help him overcome it. That way you will be able to gain his trust and he or she will let you take care of them.