Top 5 Benefits of Fostering an Animal in Need

June 16, 2022


We’re sure you’ve heard that fostering animals in need is important, and even lifesaving, but do you know why? In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month we’ve teamed up with our friends at ARM & HAMMER Litter’s Feline Generous Program to spread the word on why animal fostering is such a critical part of helping shelter animals. Our top five list below will break down all of the benefits of fostering and explain more on how you can get involved!

1. Fostering provides a safe and healthy environment for animals who need to heal, grow or get some extra TLC while looking for homes. 

Whether you’re fostering tiny kittens or large dogs, many of these animals require your love and support to have the best chance of finding an adopter. When you foster, you help give them the space, experiences and resources they need when going to a new home!

2.  Fostering animals creates more space in shelters for other animals in need.

Each and every animal in a shelter requires time and resources that could be stretched further if those animals were in foster homes, regardless of if the shelter is crowded or not. Foster caregivers help the shelters and rescues immeasurably! 

3.  Fostering saves the lives of neonate and pee wee kittens. 

Neonatal (zero to four weeks) and Pee-Wee (four to eight weeks) kittens are considered an extremely vulnerable population as they often cannot survive without round-the-clock care. Having a foster caregiver with the supplies and training they need to care for these tiny kittens can literally save their lives and help them become healthy, strong and ready for adoption!

4.  Fostering introduces the cat or kitten to new pools of prospective adopters. 

Fostered cat and kittens benefit greatly from exposure to their caregiver’s friends and family, and their caregiver can offer trusted assessments of the cat’s personality and needs. Not only is the foster caregiver the cats’ parent, but their publicist, too!

5.  Your life becomes a whole lot more interesting—and adorable! 

Who wouldn’t want adorable cats and kittens around? Think of all the benefits: the companionship, the chance for a new routine and best of all, the potential for the cutest snuggles ever! Fostering is easy to weave into your everyday life and the shelter will provide you with everything you need. 

Simply put, fostering saves lives. The animals in your care can go on to loving homes and the shelters will have more space and resources to help even more animals in need. It’s a win, win! 

Are you ready to open your heart and home and jump into the adorable world of fostering? See more about fostering with the ASPCA in NYCLos AngelesAsheville, North Carolina and Columbus, Ohio. If you’re outside of these areas, find your local shelter and see how you can get involved now!