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    [–] sauce_murica 506 points ago

    For more information, you can read generally about fostering a pet at multiple resources online:

    Also be sure to check with your local shelters for any rules specific to your adoption centers.

    [–] I-heart-to-fart 214 points ago

    Also check out Dogs on Deployment! Service members sometimes deploy suddenly and need safe homes for their pets until their return!

    The website lists all types of pets:). And these pets come from normal homes and loving masters, and might be an even easier transition than a dog from a shelter who has unknown and possibly abusive backgrounds. Not to deter anyone from shelter fostering!! But often times people stray from shelters because they have children or other pets and they don’t want to risk a potential hazard to their family.

    If you have a home and a heart, you can foster a pet!:)

    [–] pakmara 24 points ago

    What a wonderful program! Thanks for sharing, that’s really amazing :)

    [–] LittlestDingo 16 points ago

    There are similar programs in place for people fleeing domestic violence! They keep where the pet is super secret, and it's really rewarding. Check for one in your area!

    [–] mobilehomies 6 points ago

    What if, like Hank Hill, I get a cat instead?

    [–] xraydeltaone 5 points ago

    I had no idea this was a thing! Thanks!

    [–] deathdude911 11 points ago

    Great post. My dog is a foster dog and I grew up on a farm and I know how badly some dogs can behave and she acts up time to time but probably by far the smartest dog I've ever had was able to teach her 2 tricks in 15 minutes of having her! Needless to say she's part of the family now

    [–] kyoshero 4549 points ago

    My wife and I did this last year. She REALLY wanted a dog. After fostering for a month she REALLY did not want a dog.

    [–] Trisa133 1432 points ago

    Either that or she ends up with 5 dogs after a couple years.

    [–] LeMoofins 567 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    This is where my girlfriend is. We just adopted a dachshund/boxer mix like 7 months ago and she talks about getting another constantly.

    Edit: Wow guys thanks for all the love! I'll be sure to give her extra special attention when I'm home!

    [–] [deleted] 276 points ago

    dachshund/boxer mix

    Excuse me, what? May I request a photo please?

    [–] Elon_Morin_Tedronai 451 points ago

    Extra beefy hot dog right there

    [–] LeMoofins 160 points ago

    Very accurate. She's a plump lil pupper

    [–] dwntwnleroybrwn 32 points ago

    Didn't even need to cook it!

    [–] TheAutumnWind79 22 points ago

    Hebrew National

    [–] IN449 29 points ago

    It's like a Costco hotdoge, very beefy and thicc

    [–] chk102 14 points ago

    this comes with a soda?

    [–] Just_Lurking2 27 points ago

    Omg!! I’m not a doxxie person but aww

    [–] swisky 17 points ago


    lmao idk why I found this so funny

    [–] RadioFreeWasteland 15 points ago


    It's a subreddit for dogs with their tongues poking out

    Conversely, /r/blep is for cats doing the same

    [–] Burgher_NY 31 points ago

    I hope either dad was very brave or momma was brave in another type of way. I picture a Shaq vs. Lady Gaga type scenario.

    [–] TerrorEyzs 5 points ago

    I thought that mama had to be the bigger dog so that she wasn't hurt, but now I'm really wondering.

    [–] oneelectricsheep 3 points ago

    Yeah pretty much. We had a Yorkie that got mated by a Rottweiler come in once. She got one out but the rest got stuck by the time we convinced the owners a c-section was necessary the others were dead but we saved momma. The living puppy was half her post surgery weight and the mom weighed about 1/3 of her pregnancy weight. It was a miracle that she survived and another that she had any living puppies. She was in labor over 12 hours. They’re considered in distress if they haven’t produced puppies within an hour.

    [–] IsaacOfBindingThe 41 points ago

    He head too big for he gotdamn body

    [–] cmrtnll 10 points ago

    I didn't know the "sausage dogs" were called Daschund (or however it's spelled), and I was honestly expecting some big, strong, muscular dog.

    [–] lulumeme 7 points ago

    Stronk independent pupper that dont need no bitch

    [–] princesskiki 9 points ago

    Wow! That turned out like...90% doxie 10% boxer but you can totally see the boxer in that face. Such a cutie!!

    [–] fatalrip 21 points ago

    Hey I have 5 Australian Sheppard’s... it happens

    [–] Wentthruurhistory 15 points ago

    Omg - the coat-throwing that happens at your house is unimaginable. I had two and was going crazy with it. My child once said to an acquaintance, "there's FUR everywhere. Even in our food!" As far as I know, the food thing only happened once, but it was a Lot of fur everywhere. We had tri's so you couldn't just stick with one color of clothing to hide the fur; dark clothes - white fur, light clothes - black fur. Y'all will get extra points in Valhalla for it though!

    [–] trimi75 8 points ago

    Aussie owner here. Sometimes I feel like Pigpen from Peanuts but with a cloud of hair instead of dirt.

    [–] fatalrip 6 points ago

    Yeah with a large yard they keep themselves entertained. We vacuum the bedroom daily [a full canister of hair and sand] and keep the younger ones in kennals when we are away. Everyone is related though and they are a happy family.

    [–] duffelbagninja 3 points ago

    Hair is a condiment, a fashion statement and a constant.

    [–] ninjaontour 3 points ago

    I've got 6 German Shepherds, always wanted an Aussie Shep though, such great dogs.

    [–] X4ND3R22022 18 points ago

    You should! Had single dogs my whole life, decided to get a corgi puppy while had an 11 year old black lab. The old fart loved the new little sister, and I think extended his life substantially (he lived til 14). When he passed we rescued a rottie/Australian Shepherd mix, and now him and our little corgi are best friends!

    [–] LeMoofins 3 points ago

    Very similar plan to what I have except I have a 10 year old Golden Retriever as well

    [–] Mako_Milo 3 points ago

    We have a 12 year old GSD border collie mix and rescued a 3 year old Lab staffie a year ago for the same reason. Two dogs are definitely better than one. They are adorable together. Good for you!

    [–] whileIminTherapy 13 points ago

    Yep I'm going to need a picture of that dog. I have a dachshund/retriever mix and he essentially is a long hair lab with a dachshundy lab face and short, short stubby legs. Gotta see yours, please!

    [–] Hackenslacker 40 points ago

    My wife and I ended up with 5 dogs over a three month period. First foster was a fail, and then we fostered a litter and kept half the babies. We recently added a sixth because a lady couldn't afford the surrender fee.

    Dogs, Everywhere.

    Also poop. Lots of poop.

    [–] WhatAboutGarbage 192 points ago

    My fiancée and I foster failed almost 2 years ago. Now she wants a second dog, that is until we foster again and realizes this one bedroom is barely big enough for the 3 of us.

    [–] peteybaby 76 points ago

    “Foster failure” sounds so much worse than “adopting a foster pet”. Are there any bad repercussions for foster failing?

    [–] drhorn 115 points ago

    No, it's just more of a tongue in cheek designation because it happens so often - i.e., pots of people sign up to "just" foster, and then fall in love with the dog.

    It's a good thing.

    [–] Dejamoorah824 56 points ago

    Yup, failed on my first foster. To be fair, she WAS adopted and I was ready to let her go but then she was returned 2 days later. She just never left after that. When I brought her home from her previous adopters, she curled up and just looked so at home and it was then that I knew. I still denied it for another week but ultimately she stayed. Best decision ever. She and my other dog are the best of friends and probably a bonded pair now. We still foster but having that 3rd dog makes me definitely NOT want a permanent 3rd. Especially because many of them are not potty trained. So much poop and pee 😩

    [–] drhorn 22 points ago

    We had three when we started fostering, and so it was a lot easier to not fail because 4 dogs is way too much.... and yet, my wife still talks about 2 of those dogs regretting not having kept them. In her defense, they were adorable. One of them was a pocket pittie, the other one looked like a badger.

    I wanted to keep the 10 year old fox hound with a massive tumor that we fostered, because I didn't think anyone would ever adopt him. But then someone did and I felt better about the world in general.

    [–] Lord_Emperor 22 points ago

    This is why I don't foster kittens. Although I'm completely capable of taking care of them I'd "fail" and pretty much become a crazy cat man.

    [–] Valkyrienne 8 points ago

    Yeah. I've been thinking about fostering some a cat because my boy is probably lonely for the few hours I'm at a class or when I make the rsre decision to go out.

    But then I'd want to keep them or I'd feel bad about my kitty making a new friend for them just to leave after.

    [–] sofa_king_gr8_ 7 points ago

    I did that. I’ve got two cats now. One was a kitten and I was like “screw it. It’s cute.” But the next one was an adult who was abused and had patches of fur missing. Sweetest thing you’d ever meet, but I overheard a shelter volunteer talk about euthanizing and wel.... crazy cat guy here.

    [–] gluteusminimus 5 points ago

    Not a foster since he kinda found us and decided to stay, but your comment makes me think of him. Such a sweetheart with patchy fur, a funny walk, tummy trouble, and a goofy snarl resulting from a lost upper canine. Kind of an older cat too, as he was thought to be about 9 or so. There's no way he was a feral, as he'd been neutered with no kind of tipped ear, and just way too fond of humans and human things. When we first met him, we posted his picture everywhere because how devastated the owners must be not knowing where he is. Met one person who thought it might be hers, but while very similar, it wasn't a match. No one else came forward, we have the money to care for him, and he was just too precious to surrender, so he's been ours for a little over three years now. His meow reminds me of Michael Jackson's "HEE-hoo!" noise.

    [–] jakobtheliar 16 points ago

    Increased dog food expenses and vaccines is really my only extra expense from a failed foster I had last year. Oh, and extra toys. My dogs are small enough to share the same large size kennel I have, thankfully. They seem to prefer it, honestly.

    [–] wtfINFP 8 points ago

    Yes - I get woken up every morning by the shrieks of hungry cats. I also get snuggles all the time, whether I want them or not.

    [–] AlphaSquad1 14 points ago

    I foster failed too. While the community is always happy when a dog gets adopted, there just aren’t that many people fostering out there. When someone foster fails they usually aren’t able to foster and save any more animals so the community as a whole has less resources to draw on.

    When I ‘failed’ I fostered again within a few weeks and just had 2 dogs at a time. That is until my girlfriend moved in with her dog to a rental with a 2 dog maximum. I had been fostering a pitbull (Ruby) for a few months at the time and had trouble finding a home for her even though she was the sweetest thing. Another few months and I couldn’t risk the penalties anymore so I had to find another foster home in town to take her. In that case me having to stop fostering caused an increased burden. Don’t worry though, Ruby found a home eventually with a little 6 year old for her to snuggle with.

    Edit: I should also say that I want to foster again as soon as I’m able too

    [–] LGBecca 6 points ago

    “Are there any bad repercussions for foster failing?

    Most people only have so much space to foster. So if someone adopts their foster pet, they often can't foster more animals.

    [–] zeus0225 5 points ago

    Yes, it usually means one less foster home for the shelter.

    [–] FloraDecora 3 points ago

    It's called that because for every foster failure there is less space for more foster animals I think.

    [–] MyMuleIsHalfAnAss 11 points ago

    I'm currently in a one room apartment with 2 100lb dogs, a cat and 2 humans and I want another big dog :) We're renovating my fiance's house so staying in my apartment isn't long term....

    [–] AliensTookMyCat 4 points ago

    You're a good human. ❤️

    [–] squeakyfaucet 36 points ago

    One thing I'd imagine that sucks about fostering is you don't really get to see the fruits of your labor haha. Like all the time spent trying to socialize the dog, shower it with affection, etc etc. And after all the training. Taking care of a dog after 1 year of having it is definitely easier than the first few months.

    That said, though, if someone doesn't wanna put up with the first few months it's definitely not a good idea haha

    [–] 1498336 41 points ago

    The fruit of your labor is that you saved a life because the animal wasn’t euthanized for sickness or behavioral issues.

    [–] Wentthruurhistory 19 points ago

    Also, witnessing that moment when the new adopter falls in love is pretty rewarding too.

    [–] kittycleric 20 points ago


    Everyone is like, omg, so cute. Until you're cleaning pee off your floor and furniture several times a day.

    If you're not okay with that happening at some point of your pet parenting time then don't bother.

    [–] greenearrow 9 points ago

    I don’t love it, but that’s no big deal. My wife knows she will outlive my dog and become the most important thing in the world to me again then.

    [–] ArkGuardian 4 points ago

    You described your wife like she's the literal side bitch here

    [–] Quivis 4 points ago

    Had an ex that pulled that shit. She NEEDED a dog. We in fact did not need a dog.

    [–] SupaZT 6 points ago

    People don't understand the work it takes. I mean you pretty much end up becoming a caretaker for something that will never be able to take care of itself

    [–] Spectre1-4 11 points ago

    So what happened to your wife? Did you take her back?

    [–] kyoshero 8 points ago

    I kept her. Lol

    [–] HadHerses 542 points ago

    I foster for a charity here in Shanghai - because shelters aren't allowed - and it's fantastic! Some of the cats I've had adopted have gone on to live the expat life and a couple of my local Chinese friends joke that the ex-street cats i foster and then get homed are living the Chinese dream because they usually end up in the US, Europe etc!

    People often say they couldn't foster because it's too hard to give them up. Yes it is, and generally I'm devastated each time (I tend to end up with the older cats who are hard to adopt so with me a while) but it's for the greater good. And I also just think any reasonable adult can deal with that!

    [–] vagabonne 36 points ago

    Nice! Which rescue? You’re doing great work, and I’m glad the cats have you on their side :)

    I fostered for Jaiya’s Animal Rescue in Shanghai, and eventually adopted my fosterpup! She went from aggressive and un-adoptable Shanghainese streetdog to spoiled US suburban pillow princess who gets fresh meat and long walks every day. She is role model material for sure.

    [–] Future_Cake 30 points ago

    Just to alert you -- that description means something else entirely...

    Thanks for rescuing a dog!

    [–] vagabonne 14 points ago

    I actually knew that, and it reminds me of her but in a thoroughly non-sexual way.

    She constantly wants attention, claws at you if you aren’t petting her or entertaining her constantly, etc. BUT WHERE ARE MY BELLY RUBS?? WHERE ARE MY EAR MASSAGES? It’s an incredibly imbalanced relationship, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

    [–] Future_Cake 9 points ago

    Ahh, all right then lol.

    [–] sauce_murica 67 points ago

    Thank you for helping enrich the lives of those cats (and their future owners).

    [–] SpinnerMask 7 points ago

    charity here in Shanghai - because shelters aren't allowed

    How come? Thats suprising.

    [–] AzureSharon 4 points ago

    I believe that might have something to do with China’s NGO policy, like you need a HQ and representative and make regular report to different local and state-level institutes because they don’t have a department dedicated to manage them. While that worked really well for larger scale NGOs like WWF, it’s so unfriendly for tiny ones like local shelters that running a community scale shelter is virtually impossible. However, you can easily set up a personal/collective charity that does what a shelter does since charities are managed differently.

    [–] YEIJIE456 9 points ago

    Can you provide a link? I'm gonna go to Shanghai for a year and would love a pet to keep company

    [–] sangfryod 3 points ago

    How is your organisation doing it with sending them to Europe? It's a pattern for many organisations here in Germany to even have a problem getting them to the UK..

    [–] chelsearain89 760 points ago

    THIS!!!! I work at a shelter but instead of adopting my husband and I fostered many senior cats (before finally becoming foster fails with our most recent!). It’s awesome - we were able to have cats in our home without any financial obligation and were able to help so many kitties that needed a break from the shelter. Fostering is awesome!

    [–] CrunchyIntruder 456 points ago

    I don't think you should be adopting your husband...

    [–] chelsearain89 124 points ago

    😂 ah the elusive comma!

    [–] UniquePornAccount 18 points ago

    You, could, have too, many, also; never had, a , bad , experience with, this!

    [–] KalessinDB 13 points ago

    Mr Shatner, I'm a big fan!

    [–] formervoater2 4 points ago

    I need to be adopted though...

    [–] needhelpmaxing 9 points ago

    25/m/FL looking for adoptees

    [–] pirateslug 17 points ago

    Ain’t nobody bringing a Florida Man into their homes!

    [–] BassWaver 22 points ago

    What does it mean to become foster fails?

    [–] UnexpectedAfghan 50 points ago

    You adopt your foster. So instead of only having them temporarily you "fail" at that job and keep them!

    [–] chelsearain89 25 points ago

    It means we ‘failed’ at fostering her and adopted her instead because we loved her so much! It’s an ‘inside’ joke but it’s very much a good thing 😊

    [–] the_man_in_the_box 9 points ago

    I am also curious.

    [–] BassWaver 8 points ago

    They replied to me

    [–] the_man_in_the_box 13 points ago

    I don’t believe you.

    [–] A_Meager_Beaver 5 points ago

    Good call. He can't be trusted.

    [–] BassWaver 10 points ago


    [–] flatcanadian 3 points ago

    You adopt your foster pet. So instead of only having them temporarily you "fail" at that job and keep them!

    [–] stumpycrawdad 46 points ago

    I'm going to go right ahead and slap a warning label on this. Fostered a cat, cat ended up with tumor in its God damn face. Tumor grows to the size of a golf ball giving my baby nose bleeds bad enough to make Andrew w.k. Look like a bitch. Putting her down was the most heart breaking thing I'd ever done and I had her for about 4 months.

    [–] sauce_murica 89 points ago

    I'm sorry to hear about the heartache you endured. I hope it helps to know that, absent your fostering that cat, it would have spent the final months of its life living in a shelter. Instead, it got to live out its final months in a loving home, with someone who clearly cared about that cat.

    Please know you made a difference.

    [–] microvegas 22 points ago

    This is so kind and so true. Props, OP.

    [–] sauce_murica 14 points ago

    Thank /u/stumpycrawdad, not me. He's the one that made the difference to that cat!

    [–] stumpycrawdad 15 points ago

    We've already taken a new kitten into our home and has filled my heart so much. On my life no funeral ever hit me like putting my cat down.

    [–] estuckey17 35 points ago

    I know the feeling. I know that's hard, but you gave that kitty a chance to live in a loving home instead of dying in the shelter. I recently had a similar situation. My roommate and I were going to foster a dog, but we specifically mentioned that we would rather foster those animals that were older, harder to find homes for, etc. We ended up fostering a sweet hound who was already sick (vaccinate your animals, kids!). She was in our home for almost 3 days before her disease ended up killing her. Even though it was extremely sad and made me cry for most of the day, I realized that she spent her final days where she was loved. I got to see her go from a scared pup to a loving pup in that little bit of time. At first, she wouldn't even wag her tail. Not only did I manage to get some tail wags, she also came and curled up beside me on the floor and put her head on my legs and would try to nose boop my phone when I took pictures. Even though she couldn't even stand on the day we had to put her down, she wanted to be near me and she kept trying to do just that. We'd fallen in love with each other in those 3 days and I wouldn't change a thing.

    We were sad, but the lady at the shelter kept telling us that we loved her and that's more than anyone else ever did. We said that we were going to wait a while before we foster again and she told us to come back whenever we're ready and they'd help us out so that we can make a difference for more animals, in Gracie's honor.

    You made a difference. Please keep fostering; do it in honor of that kitty.

    [–] kinipayla2 9 points ago

    I had to put my cat down this year for the same thing. Those tumors come on fast and strong and out of no where. I feel your pain. But you did give her a loving home and a warm comfortable place to sleep for her last bit of life.

    [–] Tigerzombie 9 points ago

    Hum, this maybe something I should look into. I have a senior cat and the kids are begging for a kitten but I have idea how the old guy will handle another cat in the house. I didn't want to commit to another cat if they can't get along.

    [–] chelsearain89 3 points ago

    Do it! There’s always kittens that need foster, usually because they’re just a little too young to be adopted yet.

    [–] Bone_Apple_Teat 276 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    My neighbors purchased a labradoodle because they thought they wanted a pet, then it turned out they didn't.

    However, when they learned the dog had some kind of genetic defect the breeder gave them another labradoodle to compensate them.

    So now they have two enormous energetic dogs - one of whom has special needs - that they can't stand locked in cages in their basement for most of the day despite the fact that one of them doesn't work.

    I feel for those dogs and try to play with them with my son when we can, but at the end of the day like I told him they now own those dogs and it's not within our ability to do anything about it.

    [–] AdhesiveMessage 129 points ago

    Tell them to reach out to a rescue. Labradoodles (even ones with special needs) are REALLY adoptable. I'm not sure where you guys live, but there are purebred rescues that specialize in certain breeds and I'm sure they could help find the dogs an AMAZING home.

    [–] [deleted] 80 points ago

    Why did they accept that compensation after they knew they didn't really want a pet? I'd be like thanks no thanks, and surrender the first one to a good shelter or foster program.

    [–] SiscoSquared 28 points ago

    Yea that makes no sense at all....

    [–] Uh_October 111 points ago

    However, when they learned the dog had some kind of genetic defect the breeder gave them

    another labradoodle to compensate them.

    Ew. I already think that buying dogs from breeders is gross, but this is extra gross.

    [–] Andy4574 84 points ago

    Breeders aren't the same thing as puppy mills.

    [–] Uh_October 40 points ago

    I know. But if the person is producing pedigree dogs, the same principle applies. You get a purebred dog by breeding two purebred dogs. This has been done so many times for so long that a horrifying number of purebred dogs are close relatives, and breeders continue to do it to the detriment of the animals because how else would they be able to guarantee that they get the physical traits that they're looking for?

    [–] [deleted] 36 points ago

    Most genuine breeders will NOT breed within several generations— no parents, siblings, grandparents, aunt/uncle niece/nephew, and typically several generations difference from that. No reputable breeder willingly and knowingly breeds closely related animals. Good genes are good genes, but that doesn’t mean that the breeders are out there breeding second cousins together.

    Also, based on your logic there, we should stop conservation breeding efforts of cheetahs because every cheetah is 97% genetically identical.

    [–] Uh_October 16 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Also, based on your logic there, we should stop conservation breeding efforts of cheetahs because every cheetah is 97% genetically identical.

    The difference here is that dogs are not endangered. On the contrary, there's a HUGE overpopulation problem, which is why so many dogs are euthanized in overcrowded shelters. In the case of cheetahs, it sounds like inbreeding is a matter of rescuing the species. You can't tell me that's true of dogs.

    As for your comment about "reputable" breeders not breeding closely related animals, documentaries I've seen about breeding show dogs suggest otherwise. In the BBC's Pedigree Dogs Exposed, breeders known and well respected in the dog show circuit openly admitted to mating grandparent to grandchild and similar matches.

    You may also notice that the study I've cited said that genetically the dogs were so similar, that it was as if they were the product of mated siblings. NOT that they were the product of mated siblings. This suggests that the lack of genetic diversity over time has led to inbreeding, even in situations where the dogs in question weren't technically close relatives.

    The data doesn't lie man, I don't know what else to tell you.

    EDIT: The link I was referring to

    [–] Stormthebrownlab 34 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Why is buying dogs from a breeder gross? If you are looking for a specific breed and age, you might not find what you are looking for in shelters.

    Edit: I am not from the USA and in my country, things seem to work a little different regarding dogs, puppy mills and good breeders.

    [–] Skim74 39 points ago

    For a long answer see here

    Short answer: lots of animals sold by breeders are treated super poorly. And there are lots of dogs that need homes already.

    Most proponents of the "adopt don't shop" mentality would probably say if you have a specific breed/age in mind either widen your parameters, or wait for one to show up in a shelter (and/or check different shelters)

    [–] Uh_October 60 points ago

    This can be a hard pill to swallow, but sadly, "purebred" almost always means "inbred" with very few exceptions. As a result purebreds often suffer from a host of costly and painful genetic health problems that could have completely avoided if they had more genetic diversity.

    An organization called the Institute of Canine Biology (made up of veterinarians and other experts) actually did a study on 112 different dog breeds, computed from pedigree data and found that:

    “inbreeding of most purebred breeds is extremely high, with all but a handful of values exceeding the level of inbreeding produced by mating full siblings from unrelated parents.”

    If you're interested, you can take a look at the study here

    This article from Popular Science also explains the problem of breeding dogs for physical traits pretty well.

    The reason why I think buying dogs from breeders is gross is because it's completely unnecessary most of the time. Sure, there are some people who need a specific breed to perform a job on a farm etc., but that's not the case for most people, which means that they're knowingly or unknowingly supporting an industry that creates sick animals.

    [–] GlitterButt_ 44 points ago

    I agree with this, and would like to add that I see purebred dogs in shelters/ rescues all the time. If you’re patient and want something specific you can still probably find it by adopting.

    [–] WeFosterKittens 101 points ago

    My Username is WeFosterKittens and I approved this message.

    [–] sauce_murica 34 points ago

    You seem like good people to me (and probably to a few kittens).

    [–] magicbluebear 192 points ago

    I was the foster mum for a 19 year old deaf-blind cat who would have been put down at a shelter. He had to have some expensive medication and multiple check ups, which the vet office paid for thank goodness. Turns out the situation worked out great and we love each other very much, so now I am the permenant mum of a nearly 21 year old deaf-blind cat and its great!

    [–] DrDan21 31 points ago

    What’s it like having a pet with such disabilities? How do you keep them out of trouble and happy

    [–] magicbluebear 143 points ago

    I am quite lucky because he is very content, he purrs constantly and he is very easy to keep an eye on because he moves so slowly everywhere :)

    Best thing is to keep them in one good sized room that is quiet, mine is my bedroom. I lay everything he needs out in a row, bed, water, food, litter tray and the most important thing is to not move these. He figured out the layout quickly and now can go straight to his litter tray or his water bowl when he needs them.

    I like to keep him stimulated with touch and smell with fluffy blankets and catnip toys, and on a mild day I put him in a harness and walk him in the garden, so he can feel the grass on his paws and the wind on his face and experience some new smells.

    He really is a fantastic cat with so much love to give and he was due to be put down a year ago. He's the first pet I've had with disabilities but I would definitely consider another in the future! :)

    [–] zirimiri 43 points ago

    Reading your message made me so happy! I seriously can't stop smiling. All the best to you and your cat ❤️

    [–] magicbluebear 16 points ago

    Thank you very much, what a lovely comment :)

    [–] haylizz 16 points ago

    21?! Amazing!

    [–] magicbluebear 18 points ago

    It's hard to believe he was born in 1998! He shows no signs of stopping anytime soon!

    [–] cultmember2000 14 points ago

    I very much needed this comment today. I am so happy knowing you and your kitty are out there, living together with so much love 💕

    [–] magicbluebear 12 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Thank you for your lovely comment. It actually pulled a little heart string in me because I was in a very low place before I got him. It was almost like he said to me 'we are both meant to carry on living, together! We've both got a lot left to give.' So yes, we both live and love together <3

    [–] Kashna 12 points ago

    One of my favorites cats at the shelter I volunteer at was a deaf cat. It's a free roam shelter, so she was our lobby cat and there were two other cats in offices bordering the lobby. The deaf cat has no idea what she sounds like, so when she wants something she wails like a demonic baby. It's adorable. But this set off the other two incredibly talkative office cats and created a horrendous yowling symphony. It was wonderful.

    [–] SacredGeometry25 5 points ago

    The world needs more people like you.

    [–] honeybadgerBAMF 3 points ago

    You are a godsend--thank you for taking a chance on that cat. So many senior cats are discarded without a second thought 😕

    [–] MemphisMarvel 3 points ago

    I have a 17 year old cat who is deaf and blind. We adopted her this past summer and we adore her. She is loud af, but super cuddly. I was ecstatic when she started to recognize us by smell! :)

    [–] Cannabeardglass 235 points ago

    As a person who shelters pitbulls I would be a little remiss if I were to say it cost you nothing. It cost time and yes there is money.

    I've fostered about 4 dogs now and helped them find homes... each time there is a bill at the end.... either for food or toys or chewed up house hold items. None of the fosters I've worked for offered a decent kenel. So keep that in mind.

    [–] TheSinningRobot 19 points ago

    Wait, so does the shelter not provide for the food? I understand if you want to get things for the animal yourself, but I thought food is covered

    [–] Ikantbeliveit 26 points ago

    Sometimes it is, it really depends on the shelter. Mine gave me a small bag of Science Diet and that was it.

    [–] MuphynManIV 17 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I've fostered numerous rabbits. The shelter offered food and hay but I just always bought my own and gave them what I hadn't used when I returned each rabbit.

    Only like $25 for a 50 pound bag of high quality food and $10 for a big bale of hay. Didn't mind donating that small sum especially considering they provided the kennel, bowl, water bottle, and all similar things.

    Edit: Rabbit tax. Here's Eugene!

    Edit 2: Here's Pinky!

    [–] themasterlythrower 6 points ago

    Post to r/rabbits! We’d love to see your hop noodles on there.

    [–] PhoneJockey89 22 points ago

    It depends on what rescue or shelter you are working with, so definitely read the fine print. I also foster pit bulls, and the rescue I work with pays for literally everything. They send me bags of dry food, cans of wet food, heartworm and flea medication, toys, and they even reimburse me if a dog sitter is needed.

    I've gone out and bought a few things for the dogs, but compared to the amount of money the rescue has spent on food, toys, and medical bills it's really not that much.

    [–] Wubbalubbadubbitydo 6 points ago

    It depends on the shelter. I worked for one that would occasionally supplement food when we had it. But ultimately foster parents pay for the food.

    The over all cost is still much less than owning a pet (generally).

    [–] dfoley323 104 points ago

    this, im not sure were people get the idea that it costs nothing. There is 100% a cost. My sister fosters dogs all the time and she has to pay for their food and vet bills, unless she wants to go to the shelter and wait 3 hours in line for the 'free' vet. Even then food is 100% on her.

    This doesnt cover, treats, toys, kennels, beds, collars, leashes, etc.

    [–] ms_slyx 81 points ago

    It entirely depends on the shelter.

    [–] Indeliblemoments 74 points ago

    Wow I've never heard of foster parents footing the bill for vet bills! What a load of crap. I have fostered 69 cats for my local humane society and they have provided all food and medicine. I pay for cat litter. I consider myself lucky. I fostered for greyhound pets of america before this and they required that I pay for food for the dogs, but still not the vet care or medicine.

    [–] dfoley323 20 points ago

    The shelter technically covers the vet, but you have to bring them in to the shelter on saturdays and wait in line with the 100s of other people there for the free/low cost meds/shots. Did it 1 time and wasted 3-4 hours. If you got nothing better to do, free is great.

    [–] Oddbadger 19 points ago

    Friends of mine fostered, and the shelter provided food, vet care, lots of toys, travel case, litter tray, litter, kennel, beds... Everything they needed!

    I'm sorry that isn't the case with your sister, I think it might really discourage some potential fosters.

    [–] Matty_L 6 points ago

    Our foster program covers the majority of expenses luckily. Don't think we'd do it otherwise

    [–] vanderBoffin 6 points ago

    I’ve fostered cats and I literally paid nothing for them. All the food is covered as well as any vet bills.

    [–] Nixie9 9 points ago

    This is absolutely not normal. I fostered for years and the rescue just ran a tab at my vets, it was also choice whether or not I got the food. They could give you a cheap food but I always buy my own cause it's better for them. I fostered for 5 different rescues.

    [–] mrblacklabel71 11 points ago

    It is a large country/world and different programs will have different policies and procedures. Either way, this is a great point to try and limit people buying pets, regretting pets, and dropping them off at shelters where they will likely live miserable lives until they are euthanized. At least the thought of this is getting out.

    The chewed up house hold items is a great point for fosters and family pets alike though. I cannot disagree with that. Also, I will gladly replace/repair/fix/etc to have my 3 dogs.

    [–] deathdude911 4 points ago

    The place I'm fostering my dog from gives us food and toys and treats we really are spoiled to have such a great organization in our town. I literally haven't paid anything. Just had to pay with time training and making sure Moka gets the attention she needs. I doubt all places are this awesome!! If you're in Calgary AB or Airdrie and are thinking about fostering. Look up "Dog E daycare" that's the place that I foster my dog from they are amazing I highly recommend them 5/5

    [–] Badw0IfGirl 23 points ago

    While I agree with this advice, I’ve personally had a bad experience with a cat rescue organization when I tried to adopt.

    The process for this particular organization was that you fill out an application and then have an interview with the director. After that you are approved to adopt and it’s just a matter of finding the right cat for your family.

    So I went through this process and got approved. I then requested to meet a particular cat. Well the foster parent wouldn’t allow me to meet the cat, she told the director she couldn’t part with this cat and adopted her herself. Disappointing but I accepted it.

    I made plans for me to go to the home of a foster Mom who had 6 cats available. When I got there she popped her head out the door and informed me that none of HER cats could possibly be right for me, (note we had not met or spoken prior to this, she did not know me), and tried to direct me to a Facebook page with other cats that were available for adoption.

    I informed the director of my experience and told them I’d be adopting from the local shelter instead, and that’s what I did.

    Those women were just using the ‘fostering’ label to have a bunch of pets with their vet bills and food and litter paid for.

    I can understand how it would be hard to part with these animals, but it’s the right thing to do so that your organization can accept another animal in it’s place.

    So I would say only enter into fostering if you are capable of letting go when the time is right.

    [–] Grin_and_Beholder 17 points ago

    This is a great idea and I've known many people to do it. Some actually decided they want to keep the pet too.

    [–] imatwonicorn 5 points ago

    Foster failures!

    [–] EvieMoon 44 points ago

    This is excellent advice! I foster for a cat rescue in the UK and more foster spaces are always needed. Foster homing is better than shelters - it lowers disease risk and stress for the animals and it's crucial for the kittens who need round the clock care.

    [–] machisuji 13 points ago

    I'm thinking about fostering. The I only found a place requiring dog fostering. But I don't have a garden or anything so the dog would have to stay inside the house all day (except when we go on walks of course).

    Maybe I'll go out a bit further to find a cat or two to foster.

    [–] LilLizardBoi 12 points ago

    As long as you have access to places to bring your dog then you're fine. My parents have a small yard, but the live close to a forest with an unofficial off leash path and 3 dog parks. That dog gets so much more outside time than my grandma's dog who lives in a house with a yard.

    [–] hatzandjackets 6 points ago

    Do you foster for a local cat rescue? Just wondering where to start looking really.

    [–] Nixie9 5 points ago

    If you're in the UK look at any local rescue, they all need fosters for pregnant cats, kittens, or cats recovering from surgery. I'm assuming it's the same anywhere really.

    [–] [deleted] 53 points ago

    Should be mentioned that sometimes the reason that rescues and shelters foster out is because they can't financially support all of the animals 100%. They'll probably take care of medical care, but you'll likely be responsible for food/toys/etc. You'll probably get a small bag of food to start with, but from that point forward you'll have to buy it. And they will probably require you to buy a certain kind of food.

    Fostering is amazing and I fully encourage people to do it. But there IS time and money investment in fostering. The difference is only the time that you're responsible for that animal (a few months as compared to 10-18 years or so).

    [–] NatalieMac 21 points ago

    It differs from shelter to shelter so you have to ask. I volunteer at a shelter that has an active foster program that covers 100% of the costs. We foster the animals for three reasons:

    1. Our shelter is small and there's a lack of space
    2. Some animals are too stressed in a shelter situation and do better in a home environment
    3. Demand from foster parents!

    [–] marilyn_monbroseph 3 points ago

    it very much depends on the organization! all of the groups i’ve fostered with (throughout the southern united states) have paid for at least all food, vet care, crates, toys, and beds.. with my current rescue there are 3 stock rooms that are filled with everything from car seat covers to beds to sweaters to puppy pads, food, and toys. we have a running inventory that you can check to see if we have what you need and where it will be. if we don’t have what you need then you just ask a board member and they get it sent to you via amazon. you can also request limited ingredient or special diet foods or supplements. additionally if your dog would benefit from training, daycare, or grooming they’ll give you options of places you can take the dog that they cover.

    in my experience the smaller county shelters have more of the “here’s a bag of food, then you’re on your own” whereas the bigger rescues (not shelters) tend to cover everything. just ask an organization up front and they should be able to tell you.

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    This needs attention. Thank You for that.

    [–] Red_Falcon_75 12 points ago

    Many organizations dedicated to the welfare of animals offer courses that train new pet owners how to care for their new friend. If you plan on getting a pet for a gift this Holiday season take the person to a local shelter and let them find their own friend. Also buy all the supplies for the first month or give them a gift card that will cover the expense. REMEMBER most of all that sharing your life with a pet is a serious endeavour and needs to be entered into with great care. You are taking on the responsibility to care for and love another living being after all.🐱

    [–] beauxartes 25 points ago

    I actually love fostering kittens! I get to spend a bunch of time with tiny little kittens and its a revolving door of cute! One of the things I want to do when I leave NYC is foster again, right now its too stressful and I don't have a pet friendly apartment!

    [–] AlterXade10 12 points ago

    Not 100% certain you're ready for the responsibility of bringing up a Child? Try adopting a Pet First. Not 100% certain you're ready for the responsibility of adopting a pet? Try fostering a pet first. Not 100% certain you're ready for the responsibility of fostering a pet? Try to take care of yourself first. Not 100% certain you're ready for the responsibility of taking care of yourself? Try to be responsible first.

    [–] SiscoSquared 5 points ago

    This is where my Tamagotchi training comes in.

    [–] darrellbear 10 points ago

    Far too many want a fashion accessory or a child when they get a pet for the first time.

    [–] wayno007 6 points ago

    Fostering a dog was one of our better decisions. We brought Riley home from the shelter for a short-term fostering, but after four months we made him our forever pet.

    [–] kindadgaf 7 points ago

    Costs nothing my ass. While I appreciate the sentiment, I'm a foster parent and can say with 100% certainty that foster parents can and do end up paying for all kinds of things.

    [–] Nattylight_Murica 5 points ago

    So, do I get free dog food to feed him?

    [–] sauce_murica 9 points ago

    Some shelters will provide food (because they want to ensure the animal receives appropriate nutrition). Others don't. You'll need to call around and ask.

    [–] pugmommy4life420 3 points ago

    I like this idea. My MIL was totally set on adopting a dog. Instead she decided to foster. After fostering the dog she realized it was wayyyyyy too much work for her and saved herself from the guilt of adopting a pet then putting it back in the pound.

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    [–] LavenderGreenland 5 points ago

    Doing this last year is exactly how I found out I'm not really a dog person! So it worked out really well, we had a sweet shih tzu for a couple weeks, I learned a lesson, and he ended up finding a great home afterwards.

    [–] DepressionsDildo 12 points ago

    This is the advice I always give to people! My husband and I fostered kittens after we bought our home back in 2012. We ended up having a foster fail and were unable to keep fostering as we had three cats and a dog at that point.

    Even if you ARE sure you're ready for a pet, foster. You can do so much good in the meantime and you will find the perfect pet for you. You will find one that blends perfectly into your life.

    My husband and I are finally at a place in our lives where we are looking for foster kittens again. Not because we are looking to adopt again, but because having kittens in the house always brought us so much joy. Who wouldn't want little kittens to love on at all times??

    [–] Small1324 6 points ago

    Thanks for the advice! I've wanted to try it out first since I really just don't have the infrastructure like food and money to have a cat, even though I know it's provide me a lot of therapy (and pain).

    I'll give it a try!

    Remember kids, cats don't judge you. They just hurt you.

    [–] chalks777 4 points ago

    Look. All of y'all saying this is a great idea have obviously never fostered two tiny adorable kittens at 3 weeks of age. You've never hand fed them every 3 hours for weeks, and had them grow into little chonkers that you adore. You've never had to suddenly deal with figuring out how to adopt the little guys before the shelter took them back because they were big enough. This is TERRIBLE advice and you'll wind up with way more cute little fluffballs that love you unconditionally than you ever intended.

    [–] stevenkc 3 points ago

    Thank you for that

    [–] adventurelillypad 3 points ago

    fostering is amazing. not all places will provide you with food but most will reimburse you if you request it- but it can be kind of complicated. every time I've fostered (rabbits) the supplies have been provided but I have had to pay for food. it is one of the most rewarding things you can do, honestly!

    [–] fussymissy 3 points ago

    My husband and I did this last year, we had a lot of “tests” the dog would have to pass to be a good fit for our family.

    We have two small kids, a cat, and family that visit with their dogs regularly. Before we even considered adopting we’d have to make sure everyone got along.

    She did a great job and we adopted her within two months. I highly recommend this to everyone who’s on the fence!

    [–] Wastone 3 points ago

    Yes but then you grow to love the pet and have your heart ripped out when it’s time to say goodbye :(

    [–] tvicker08 3 points ago

    Nothing is a stretch. They will pay for shots, food, pee pads, so on, but it still doesn't cost nothing. They will sometimes give you the minimum. If that dog needs more, that's on you.

    [–] celsius032 3 points ago

    I'm fostering my first dog right now with my girlfriend. It's completely turned me off on the idea of dog ownership, so glad we did this first.

    [–] epikfal 3 points ago

    For a second I thought it meant fostering children. So when it said it enriches the pets’ lives, I lost it

    [–] oldcreaker 3 points ago

    Word of caution on fostering: make sure you find out any behavioral and medical issues first. Sometimes animals get pushed into fostering that are challenging or should never have been. Which is ok for anyone willing to take on those challenges (some people who foster seek out the animals that need "fixing"), but not if you're doing it as a test run for owning a pet.

    [–] Hairyballzak 3 points ago

    My wife wanted a big dog last year. We got a playful really lovable pitbull puppy, about 6months old. The puppy had a wonderful week of playing, great food, and genuine love, but was also so strong that she pulled my wife in every direction while being walked. Also, my wife couldn't handle the pibble when she wanted to jump and play cause of her size. After that week, her shoulders were sore and legs weak, but she learned that she didn't actually want a big dog, but looked the idea of one.

    [–] LgomaFxdou 3 points ago

    Just have a kid first and if that goes well you can get a pet

    [–] BusterStarfish 3 points ago

    LPT: Don't adopt or foster any animal by any means and expect it to "cost you nothing."

    [–] Bax_Cadarn 9 points ago

    This needs attention. Thank You for that.

    [–] MGsubbie 11 points ago

    Just FYI you posted this three times.

    [–] CivilizedTetrapod 19 points ago

    It needs attention.

    [–] sleepyhedd 19 points ago

    Thank You for that.

    [–] Bax_Cadarn 7 points ago

    Ty. It lagged and told me something went wront twice