Do you want to save a life? There are many dogs, cats, rats, hamsters and guinea pigs of all ages which have arrived at the shelter as strays or are being handed in by owners who can no longer keep them due to property restrictions, emigration or other reasons, each of whom needs you no matter where you live.



๐—™๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ โ€“ take responsibility for and nurture a being that is not your own.

๐—™๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น โ€“ this is a common expression used in animal welfare. A foster fail is celebrated as this means that the foster parent has decided to adopt the pet themselves and take on ownership and all costs related thereto.


๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—™๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ช

  • Contact an organisation near you which works with fosters, not all do.
  • You will be interviewed and your property inspected.
  • The organisation will require a copy of your current up-to-date rules if you live in a sectional title scheme.


๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ

Before we consider the advantages we need to look at the cons. There is one major thing: you need to be emotionally strong enough to part with your foster fur kid to an adopter or to his/her home when the owner of a stray is found.


Never underestimate the power of emotion.


๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฆ

These organisations usually cover everything โ€˜and more such as:

  • Bed
  • Collar and ID tag
  • Deworming treatment
  • F10 disinfectant
  • Flea treatment
  • Food
  • Litter boxes and litter
  • Medications
  • Microchips
  • Scratching post
  • Vet


๐—œ๐—ก ๐—–๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š

The animal welfare organisations which foster are putting tremendous in trust in you as their charges are treated as their pets and their scrutiny will be intensive. Pass that and you become a lifesaver and will have many happy hours with your foster fur kids.


๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—œ๐— ๐—˜๐—ฅ

This article is produced by SAVetshops, in the interest of informing people and sharing information. It is not considered a reference article or a definitive medical reference. Source references are listed below and any person wishing to know more should consult these references, their local vet, state health service or doctor.


๐—ช๐—œ๐—ง๐—› ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—ง๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐—ž๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—™๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ช๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ:

Cape Animal Welfare Forum, an informal NGO forum for the benefit of animals –