The requirements for fostering an animal in the UK are not too stringent, with the exception of that any volunteer has to be 18 years or older. However, a passion for animals is essential, in that you do need to have a love for them. This is no different to human fostering as it does require a mature outlook on the responsibilities that come with this type of social service. While attachment is a huge possibility, you also have to accept that once the dog, cat or guinea pig is ready to be adopted, your responsibilities and association with them will end. Often, letting go is the hardest part for most people.
Fostering requires a compassionate and caring nature for the mammals or even reptiles whilst they are in your care. Keeping an up to date record of the progress of your charge is also essential. This aspect helps with rehoming the animal ones it is ready to be adopted. For most people, this often sounds easy on paper, but it requires dedication as there is no payment available for pet foster parents. However, all provisions, such as food, medication and any veterinary bills are all included in the adoption package. And should you need to go beyond this and pay for any vet fees, in cases of emergency, then you can include them as a tax deduction.
Each type of animal, dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig have their own requirements and you will be given these requirements before taking the animal home. You would need to fill in the form for fostering either a dog or a cat with the link in the article by clicking on the link below.
What the animal in your care needs from you is a warm and loving home and heart to make the difference in their lives that they need.