This January, the SPCA of Texas is celebrating foster animals and is looking for Foster Heroes who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to an animal in need. When you become a foster parent for the SPCA of Texas you are providing one animal with a comfortable, loving home while allowing another animal to take the foster's place at the shelter. There are a lot of misconceptions that keep people from becoming a foster parent, but this month the SPCA of Texas is trying to debunk these myths.
- Myth #1: The first thing that keeps people from becoming foster parents is that it sounds expensive, but it's actually free to become a Foster Hero. On top of that, the SPCA of Texas provides all of the supplies you need, like food and treats. We also cover all medical care for your foster pet, and our licensed veterinarians and behavioral staff are always there to help if you have any questions.
- Myth #2: I already have my own pets. The SPCA of Texas encourages people with pets to foster shelter animals. In many cases, personal pets serve as “helper animals” and make the transition into a home easier for the shelter animal when they’re ready. Most of our animals come from cruelty cases and having a friend helps make them feel comfortable. What they often need most is time, patience and love, which are all things you can easily give them. If you need extra help, our foster team, medical staff and behavior specialists are ready to answer any questions. If you're worried about how your pet and the foster animal will get along, you can bring your personal pets in for a meet and greet to make sure they'll be the best of friends!
- Myth #3: I don't have enough time. Work seems to hold a lot of people back when they consider becoming a foster parent, but most of our Foster Heroes have full time jobs. Foster pets will miss you as any pet would during the day, but the animals can stay at home while you work. And if you have to go out of town, the SPCA of Texas has a whole network of great foster parents to help take care of your foster pet while you’re away.
- Myth #4: It's very easy to fall in love with our foster pets and a lot of people are worried that it's going to be too hard to say goodbye. However, you don't always have to return your foster pet to the shelter. Through our Adoption Ambassador program, most animals are eligible to be fostered until adoption, and in this way you would get to hand pick your foster pet’s perfect home! Whether that's with you or with someone else! Plus, you can stay in contact with the adopters and receive updates on how your foster pet is doing. That way, you can know first hand that your foster pet is in a loving home and you’ll still be available to help more animals in need.
Each week the SPCA of Texas will release a new video to debunk these four foster myths on our social media pages. To learn more about fostering with the SPCA of Texas you can go to https://www.spca.org/foster.