GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Many animals need a good home and some need a little extra tender, loving care. Providing short-term housing for a pet is contributing to a good cause, but it's important to be prepared before you do it.
Officials say fostering an animal is something society often overlooks and by taking a pet in you are helping shelters, the animals and their future pet parent and it's important to know how it works.
Kourtni Weinischke loves animals and as a way to volunteer her time, she fosters pets.
“I have a couple bottle feeders right now and just watching them grow is absolutely fun and amazing and while it is hard to part with them, you get to see the owners and get to see how close they get with those pets- nothing beats it," said Weinischke.
Fostering a pet is when you agree to take an animal in need into your home, to care for it until the pet is adopted. Elizabeth McIntyre, the Early Behavioral Coordinator at Tiara Rado Animal Hospital, says there are some things you should know when considering taking in a pet.
“You do have to have time available; you have to have resources available. As far as veterinary care you have to find a legitimate rescue that's really going to help- you don't want to take in a bunch of animals and not find them a home," said McIntyre.
Debra Miles is the foster home coordinator at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society and helps individuals become a foster pet parent.
The animals belong to Roice-Hurst and they take care of your foster pet's medical expenses.
“As far as the medical care, that is our responsibility because the animal belongs to us," said Miles.
The humane society helps pair you with the right animal based on your situation and the animals needs. If you are worried about work, Miles says you still can foster a pet and have a job.
“It doesn't require necessarily that you not work- it would depend on the animal that you're fostering," says Miles.
For McIntyre, fostering animals is a rewarding experience worth the time and commitment.
“I love it, it's what I live to do. It's just an amazing experience. You can bring these animals in, give them the start they need in life, give them the love they need to be more adjusted to go to a forever home," said McIntyre.
Officials at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society say if you're considering fostering a pet come in to the Humane Society and they will be happy to get you started. Tiara Rado says they work closely with Roice-Hurst and support their pet fostering program.
If you like cats, Roice-Hurst says we are entering the time of year where they see a lot of kittens coming through the door and many will need a foster home.