The Joy of Fostering Homeless Pets
Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas is a foster based rescue organization. We depend on foster parents to help us improve the quality of lives for animals in our community. ASVT has been active in rescuing homeless and abandoned pets since 2010.
Sometimes we have to ask, who is really getting rescued, the animals or us? Animals’ love is unconditional and they are so eager to constantly demonstrate how much they adore us. As with any love that we are fortunate enough to receive, we must not take it for granted.
WHAT IS A PET FOSTER HOME?
Being a pet foster parent, you provide a temporary home for a pet on the way to adoption. The number of pets that ASVT can save depends on the number of fosters who open their homes and hearts to foster them.
WHY DO ANIMALS NEED FOSTER CARE?
Fostering saves two animals lives when shelters are full. The one you foster and the one that can now take the empty kennel left by your foster. Many times homeless pets are found on the streets having been dumped by uncaring humans or simply lost and don’t find their way back home. ASVT can take these pets into our rescue only if we have a foster home for them.
Whatever the reason, these pets need extra love and care before they can be adopted. Providing foster care can be a lifesaving gift for a homeless pet.
When I was alone… You were there! Someone who cared!
Gabby curled up with her 5 puppies in a small box as she was left on the porch of the Montgomery County Animal Shelter before anyone had arrived for the day. She was a sick girl and her puppies were crying. As staff arrived she saw the light of hope because finally someone who cared. ASVT was called and they were all picked up and brought into foster care. Gabby was treated and recovered and now lives the life she deserves with a wonderful family in Oklahoma. Her puppies have all been adopted to loving families also. They are no longer alone!
I’m Alive… Because you cared!
Sparky came to ASVT as an apparent healthy puppy. But time changed healthy to parvo and also symptoms of distemper. He was transferred to our parvo foster. Sparky was a very sick boy and was rushed to the ER hospital in the dark of night. Sparky spent 8 days in emergency care and finally showed enough improvement to come home to his foster mom. He continued his recovery and was adopted when he was free of this terrible disease. He is alive because we cared. Thanks to our supporters for helping with Sparky’s $13,352 medical bill. You cared!
ON THE FENCE ABOUT FOSTERING?
I would rather cry watching a foster pet leave my home to live a full life of happiness and joy in a loving home… than cry because no one stepped up and the animal died alone and frightened and sad in a shelter,
FOSTERING SAVES LIVES, PLEASE TRY IT!
HOW IS IT DONE? Fosters find their forever homes by ASVT networking on numerous pet finder websites, on our website, Facebook page and adoption events. This gives people looking to adopt a rescue pet a wide venue to look for their dream pet.
If you would like to help the homeless pets of our community and become an ASVT foster, just visit our website and submit a foster application.
HOW TO SAY GOODBYE.
It’s not easy to say goodbye. Giving up a pet you have fostered can be emotional. We all shed our tears of joy. Seeing your foster take their final freedom ride with their new family will help you remember that he or she has found a wonderful new home because of you.
Foster parents are the unsung heroes of rescue. They offer compassion, love and temporary shelter for pets on their way to a loving permanent home. Please consider adopting a rescue pet.
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HOW CAN YOU HELP US HELP THEM?
ADOPT, SPONSOR, VOLUNTEER, FOSTER, DONATE!
• You can visit our website to sign up to volunteer and/or foster and donate using our DONATE button. Donations help us pay for medical expenses, food, supplies and transporting animals to areas with high adoption needs.
• ASVT also sponsors a Spay/Neuter Program for community animals whose owners cannot afford to have their pets altered. This helps decrease the rise of community puppies and kittens that will end up in the shelters.
• The accomplishments of ASVT would not be possible without partners like Wiesner Automotive, Empire Electric, Ransom’s Steakhouse, Animal Hospital of Montgomery, Bruce and Toni Sellers, Pet Supplies Plus, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.