Want a dog or a cat but can’t afford it? Foster!
I fostered a dog for the first time and absolutely loved it! Fostering is great because you get all the joys of having a pet, but none of the financial stresses.
This is the dog I fostered. Her name was also Katie. I also have a roommate named Katy so we called her Katie Dog. I got her through Sugar Mutts Rescue. All their rescue dogs are in foster homes which better prepares them for adoption. When Katie Dog came for her first night with us the leader of Sugar Mutts Rescue brought a crate, food, toys, bones, all the basic needs.
I had a friend whose neighbor fostered kittens! They basically always had baby kittens rotating through their house!
For me fostering was a perfect choice for 2 reasons:
1) I am not financially able to afford a pet at this time in my life. Fostering gave me the ability to love and care for a dog, but I never paid a penny! I was also lucky enough that the head of the Rescue was very helpful walking Katie Dog when my roommates and I were all working and needed someone to take her out during the day.
2) Sometimes my schedule just wouldn’t be fair to a pet. When I’m in production I can be working 12-14 hour days. There’s a chance that the pet would be alone for more than half the day! Fostering allows me to choose the times when I know I’m available to give the pet the attention he/she needs. (When we asked Sugar Mutts Rescue how long fostering usually lasts for they said 3 – 4 weeks.)
Every pet fostering group is different. Search around your area for more specific details. And if you do foster share pictures with me at firstname.lastname@example.org!