You’ve made your decision: You’re ready to add a pet to the family roster…well, you think you’re ready. OK, you’re not so sure. Isn’t there a way to test drive these things?
Actually, there is. You can foster a dog or a cat. It’s different from adopting because it’s meant to be temporary. Whether it’s a few days or a few months, a foster parent provides a home and care for an animal before it officially gets adopted. Not only does this give you a chance to get to know an animal and see if you work well together (who knows? Maybe you’ll be the one to adopt Sparky), but it also helps out shelters in need of volunteers and resources. And of course, it gives the animals a loving home (albeit for a set period of time).
Long story short, if you love animals, fostering is a good deed with a lot of reward in the form of companionship. Still, don’t be fooled; it’s way more responsibility than, say, simply taking a car for a test drive. So, before you learn how to foster a pet, you should decide if you’re prepared in the first place.