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Many of these pets may have never experienced a kind word, a gentle gesture, a healthy meal, or a visit to a veterinarian for care. On the other hand, some of them find themselves abandoned by the death of an owner, a severe loss of income of their owners or other unforeseen circumstance.

Adult pets are at the top of the euthanasia list when they are taken into most shelters. That means, when the shelter fills up (as so often happens), they are the first to be marched down to the euthanasia room. In offering a foster home to a adult dog or cat, you are buying the time needed to find a permanent home and avoid euthanasia.

The typical animal shelter is a stressful environment for any animal. It is particularly hard on seniors, who are generally less able to deal with stress and may experience more disorientation than a younger animal. In addition, contagious diseases, such as kennel cough, are often rampant in shelters. Older pets don't easily fend off disease. They also tend to be less optimistic than younger animals and can lapse into depression, which does not encourage prospective adopters to consider adopting them.

second chance pals foster program aims to fill the gap.

An adult animal that is fostered rather than kept at a shelter will maintain or more quickly regain good emotional and physical health, and therefore be vastly more appealing as a candidate for adoption. A dog or cat that lives in a home environment rather than a shelter while he is waiting for permanent placement will inevitably make a better transition to his new home and family, and therefore decrease the chances that he will be displaced again.

The job of a foster is not just about playing fetch, cuddling on the sofa, playing with a cat indoors or taking a dog for a walk. It is about that, but much more. To be a foster means to attend to a pet when it is sick. It means to slide in a visit to the vet on an already packed day. It means more toys to pick up, floors to sweep, carpet stains to remove and more pet dishes and bedding to wash.

second chance pals fosters and their families are a giving group of people and we are grateful for each them and what they will surely accomplish. Without volunteers we cannot save the lives of pets from our shelter. We look forward to building our family of volunteers in this next year.

Concerned about being too attached? Please read the following article on Letting go of a Foster Pet. It may alleviate some of the feelings that come with being a good foster.

If you're ready to make a difference in the lives of at-risk animals, please fill out our Foster Application and return to us. Start making a difference today.

For complete information about becoming a foster, what it is and what it means, please go to Fostering your second chance pal