One of the items on my bucket list is to foster. Lately, I’ve been thinking about fostering and how to get my husband on board. Since we already have three dogs, I know he’ll say no to another dog right now. However, thanks to Nashville pet photographer, Mandy Whitley, I have a new plan: Kittens! While the cuteness factor is all I need, Mandy explains some of the mechanics of fostering.
From Mandy: “Over the years, we’ve fostered dozens of puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats — and I believe it’s one of the best ways we can help animals find forever homes! Fostering is such a needed service, and it provides so much for the animals (and us!), including a warm and inviting home, food, and tons of love.
That’s why I wanted to share some information on fostering cats and kittens, especially since it’s kitten season.
Although it may seem like a big undertaking, fostering pets is really easy. Some people choose to integrate the kittens right into their entire home, but since we have three dogs and a grown cat, we choose to keep them separate from our animals.
Here’s how we do it!
My husband and I both work from home, so we set up a large dog crate in my office complete with a litter box, food, water and a small box for them to chill out in until they get used to being here (kittens love to hide).
Then, while I’m working during the day, we let them run around and play in my office. We don’t like to leave them unsupervised because kittens are notorious for chewing cords. So when I leave the office for the day, they go back in the crate. They have just as much room in that big crate as they would in a cage at the shelter, and tons of extra play time.
And we, in return, get adorable kitten snuggles and laughs from all their antics – what is better than that!?
When you foster through an animal shelter, you will normally only have them until they weigh enough to be adopted. If you foster with a rescue group, you might have them until they are adopted by a family, so that sometimes takes much longer. This is certainly something to consider when deciding who to foster with.
As a foster pet parent, you are also responsible for transportation to the vet or shelter for their medical appointments. The group you foster with will typically provide everything else: food, litter, and medications if they need them. And of course, if you are willing to give some or all of these supplies yourself, it’s a huge help for the shelters!
All of the images in this post are of kittens we’ve fostered along the way. I promise it’s an amazing experience — we’re hooked!”
Sometimes people say that couldn’t go through the emotional pain of saying goodbye to a foster pet. I get that, there was probably a time I felt the same way. However, fostering gives you the ability to adopt that pet or let it go into another loving home. If there weren’t fosters, so many pets wouldn’t make it out of a shelter.
If you aren’t sure how to start fostering, Mandy suggests reaching out to your local shelter.
Have you fostered before?
About Mandy Whitley Photography: Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mandy specializes in photography for pets and their people.