Animal House: Foster Pet Parenting Helps Pets Find FURever Home

October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. But if you want to help shelter animals without going the adoption route, there’s a great alternative that can have a positive impact on the lives of homeless animals.

Foster pet parenting is a way to get rescue pets out of crowded shelters where they may be euthanized, and into the safety and comfort of a home environment. That environment is where the foster pet has a chance for adoption and a forever home.

Tammy Barba is an experienced foster pet parent, a job she describes as coming with many joys and responsibilities, including learning all aspects of an animal’s personality to help that critter be more adoptable.

“We get them socialized and see what their cues are,” Barba said. “We determine if they’re a digger, a barker or a lap snuggler or maybe good on a leash. And we do a bit of training, then we’re able to tell a prospective adoptive parent how they interact with others and how they do on a day-to-day basis.”

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