Fostering a pet can be one of the most rewarding opportunities that a person or family can experience. Both the foster family and the pet can benefit from a unique and nurturing situation when a bird is invited temporarily into the home. Through the time spent together and the bonds that are formed, foster families have the ability to change and save the life of a bird.
Potential Benefits of Fostering
- Anytime and anywhere at very little cost
After passing a fairly simple background check, individuals and families can foster a bird just about anywhere. Most rescues and aviaries will select an appropriate foster bird for the home environment and resources available. Foster birds can live in apartments or houses and can be trusted to individuals or families. Available for long-term or short-term placements, we provide the socialization skill needed to be part of a family, and the foster family is responsible for food, toys and space for the foster pet.
- A family pet try-out
Fostering a bird for a brief period of time allows a family to learn a lot about owning a permanent pet in the future. For example, sharing a home with a bird for a few months helps a family to decide whether a bird is a naturally good fit as a pet for all the home’s inhabitants. Family members will discover what it is like to own and care for a pet for a brief period of time without committing to forever providing for the pet. Similarly, a family may be interested in adopting a bird, and the fostering process will allow that family to try different species of birds to discover which is the most compatible with the personalities of the family members.
- Family entertainment and enjoyment
Although some birds are especially renowned for their cuddling and playing routines, all birds can be equally entertaining in their actions. These pets are also an excellent excuse to take extra walks, to explore new territory, and teach the pets new tricks. Families can bond over the common care and enjoyment that the foster pet brings to the home.
- A new community
Pet foster families often seek encouragement and support from other foster families. Housing a foster bird brings unrelated people together and helps form new friendships and bonds that otherwise might not exist. Additionally, caring for foster pets brings together pet owners of all types, whether they are owners or temporary guardians.
- Saving a life
Aviaries and shelters become overcrowded and cramped, and families can help provide homeless birds a respite from those conditions. Medium-sized and larger birds are frequently overlooked at these facilities because they may seem too big or too loud, and these are the birds that are more frequently euthanized and not adopted. Families who foster these birds can effectively save these birds’ lives while they are in the foster home.