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January 2020

Fostering an Animal and

Help Save A Life!

By Lynn Ingrassia


At Pet Rescue our team of foster cat and dog parents have consistently grown since we first opened our doors in 1982.   As we've continued to grow, we have an increasing number of doggies needing temporary homes. We could not continue to save as many lives as we do without the dedication of our  fosters.  The more foster homes we have available to us, the more lives we can save. It's that simple.


You don't have to be an animal expert to participate. All you need is a small safe area of your home, a willingness to help, love of animals and Pet Rescue will furnish the rest.  All supplies and veterinary care are furnished by Pet Rescue and our foster coordinator is there to support and assist you and your every need. Best of all, you get a snuggly little ball of fur to share a journey.  There is no better feeling than helping a homeless animal find his way to a loving forever home.


Some common concerns about fostering include space, time, financial responsibility, children, and fostering commitment. Fostering an animal doesn't require much space. All you need is a small room or an enclosed pen. They require surprisingly little time unless you are bottle feeding a kitten or puppy. As long as you can feed them on a schedule, walk them as needed and be able to take them to meet and greets when possible, you are giving them much needed time out of the shelter environment. Love and consistency works wonders. The Pet Rescue Foster program covers all costs, medical care, vaccinations and supplies. Should you need to take a trip, bring them back to us while you are gone.


Children and pets can be mutually magical. With adult supervision, children can help care for foster pets and even receive community service hours.


If you would like to become a foster parent, visit  ny-petrescue.org and fill out a foster application online or contact our foster coordinator directly at tara.rose@ny-petrescue.org for dogs or june.lewis@ny-petrescue.org for cats. You can choose to foster for a minimum of 3 weeks, a couple of months or a year.


Lynn Ingrassia is an avid animal lover and a board member at PET RESCUE, in Harrison.