There are so many organizations out there dedicated to fostering/adopting out pets and there are also a lot of great ways to get involved with them. Here are a few ways to help out:
- Adopt: If you’re considering adding a new addition to your family, you may want to check out your local Humane Society or visit this site. Adoptapet.com is the largest non-profit pet adoption site in North America and allows you to easily search for pets near you. Some of the pets on the site are currently being fostered until they can find a permanent home, while others are at local Humane Society locations or rescue groups. If you find a pet on the site that looks like a good fit, you can reach out to the foster family or group that is currently taking care of them and set up a meeting time. Another way to find a pet is to go directly to your local Humane Society and see which pet you feel a connection towards. Both are great options if you are thinking of getting a new pet!
- Foster: If you would like to help in another way than adopting, fostering is a great option. One of the benefits of fostering is it allows you to really get to know the pet you are caring for and provide a better description to possible adopters. On adoptapet.com, many of the foster families leave detailed summaries about the pet they are fostering. The description usually explains whether the pet is a good fit for families with children and whether they get along with other animals. Fostering also creates more space for rescue groups to take in more animals.
- Volunteer: Volunteering your time is another great option. Many organizations need volunteers to interact with the animals, help with daily cleaning and volunteer at adoption/fundraising events.
- Donate: Animal rescue groups and organizations are always in need of donations. Although monetary donations are always appreciated, many of these groups are also in need of supplies such as old towels, food and shredded paper for kennels.
For more information about getting involved, check out the Humane Society’s website here.