Let’s face it: quarantine can get a little lonely at times. Even if you’re in a house full of people, sometimes you long for the unconditional love of a pet. Because while your family might get sick of you greeting them with, “Hey all you cool cats and kittens,” a pet never will. Thankfully, now’s a great time to bring a furry friend into your home. If you’re not ready for the full-time responsibilities of adopting a pet, many local shelters are offering pet foster programs to help alleviate overcrowding.
Fostering a pet gives you a chance to experience life with a sweet, four-legged buddy, gives the animal access to a loving home environment while awaiting a full-time home, and helps your local shelter in so many ways. We’ve highlighted some of the shelters offering pet foster programs in our major cities below, but you can always contact your local shelter if yours isn’t listed here.
The Jacksonville Humane Society remains open even as the local city shelter has closed shop for Coronavirus concerns. To ensure they have enough space for the animals, they’re continuing their pet foster program. Fostering is free, and the shelter covers all medical costs and provides necessary supplies as they last.
The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando take in thousands of abandoned, abused, and forgotten pets every year. You can help those pets heal and learn to love again by becoming a volunteer foster home.
S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue, Inc. regularly visits St. Augustine’s animal control facility to save as many animals as possible, and foster homes assist with this tremendously. By fostering even just one animal, you can make a huge difference.
Fostering a pet from the Humane Society of North Central Florida provides an integral piece in the shelter’s life-saving mission. The humane society depends on foster homes for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens who aren’t ready for adoption, need medical treatment, or just need respite from the shelter life.
Volunteers are always welcome at the Humane Society of Camden County, Inc. The shelter makes use of its pet foster program to provide its animals a safe environment while they await their forever home.
The Humane Society of Vero Beach is accepting fosters for dogs, cats, and even “critters,” which includes rabbits, guinea pigs, and more. They’ve even adapted to Coronavirus concerns by offering a social distance compliant outdoor pet pick-up service for foster parents.
Like several others on this list, The Animal Sanctuary routinely rescues at-risk animals from local shelters to give them a second chance at finding a loving home. You can play your part in their mission by volunteering to be a foster home.