Many people think they can’t afford to foster a pet due to the expenses involved. The good news is your expenses as a foster parent should actually be minimal.
What are the costs of veterinary care?
All veterinary care should be paid for and provided by the rescue organization’s veterinarian. They should let you know if your foster pet is due for any treatment, vaccinations, etc but may ask you to schedule the appointments at a time that is convenient for you. Make sure you know how they want veterinary appointments handled when you begin fostering. **If you take your foster pet to a veterinarian on your own they will most likely be unable to reimburse you so it’s important that you use their veterinarian and that they’ve approved the visit. Most importantly, know who you should contact after hours if your foster pet needs emergency medical care.**
Will the foster organization give me supplies?
In most cases, the rescue organization or shelter can provide many of the essential supplies needed. They sometimes get items donated so if there’s something special that you need for your foster pet they may have it. However, please keep in mind that these organizations have very limited resources, so any supplies you can provide on your own will enable them to help even more pets.
If you are fostering for a non-profit group any supplies you purchase for your foster pet may be tax-deductible so hang on to your receipts.
Here are the essentials you’ll need when fostering a dog:
- Dog food and bowls for water and food
- Leash, collar and dog ID tag
- A Dog Safe Area (crate, baby gates, etc) – This is vital as your foster dog needs time to adjust to your home and family members. It’s also needed for any possible quarantine and or training purposes.
- Dog toys and treats
It’s also a good idea to have an enzymatic pet stain remover on hand.( (Even if your foster dog is house trained there may be a few accidents as he gets used to your home and routine. An enzymatic cleaner removes the odor the dog can detect which will prevent him from making that spot a bathroom area.)
If you’re fostering a cat you’ll need:
- Cat food and bowls for water and food
- Collar and ID tag
- Litter box, cat litter and scooper
- A Cat Safe Quiet Room (a Bathroom or quieter bedroom) – This is vital as your foster cat needs time to adjust to your home and family members. It may also be needed for any possible quarantine reasons.
- Cat toys and treats
- Some type of scratching post or scratcher
NOTE: These are just the necessities. You can absolutely provide anything else you think will make your foster pet feel loved and welcome while in your home.