Fostering a dog is a great way to find out if dog care really is for you. It means that you will be taking care of a dog for the time being. You can do everything you would with your own dog such as bring them on a walk or take them to the dog park. There are quite a few advantages to fostering a dog before getting one for your own.
- Free veterinary care. Most of the costs you will have while taking care of your dog would be shouldered by the organization. It will help you budget things beforehand while you make your decision about having your very own dog.
- Play dates. If you have any existing pets, fostering a pup would be like offering them a play date. It will give them a new dog to play around with, and make them more lively and excited.
- Help find a match. Since you already know the dog, you can be a very important asset when it comes to finding a great match for your foster dog. You can make sure that your foster dog will be going to a home that will give it great care.
- There are things you wouldn’t know unless you actually tried it out. To make sure that you are decided on taking care of a dog, try it out first, so if you find out you don’t like it, you can still find a great place for the dog.
- Help a dog. Some homeless or shelter dogs will be happy now that you gave them the opportunity to live in an actual home. It also frees up the shelter a little bit to give the rest of the dogs a bit more space.
- Follow your own schedule. You don’t need to have too much commitment because you can always decide how long you will be fostering your dog.
- Your foster dog may be the one. You’ll never know it, but your foster dog may already be the perfect one for you.