Have You Ever Fostered Animals? If so, PLEASE talk to me! I need your advice!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mchitt329:  I foster and I have been doing it for the past 7 years. I foster dogs only thou.

I have been a cat foster for about 7 months now, I usually have 5-7 fosters at a time.  We have had absolutely no problems fostering until the last month….

I seriously think you are taking on too MANY at once. Focus on quality not quantity…..focus on rescuing one or two and focus your attention on getting them adopted and then move on to more. I think you are taking on too much at once…..JMO
 
In no way do I think you need to stop…..what you are doing id a GOOD thing you are just trying to take on too much!
 
Also sometimes you have to take smallbreaks not to get burnt out. I have been doing this 7 years and always take small breaks in between each animal!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 I’ve fostered, and I second the PP that said you have too many fosters right now. I’m pretty active in rescue, and with the exception of a litter of kittens, I don’t know ANYONE that fosters more than 3 at a time. Also, while socialization is good, ideally you would have fosters isolated from your own cats. The reason behind that is because there’s a lot of upper respiratory disease that spreads like wildfire, and you don’t want to expose your own cats to illness.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I completely agree with PP’s.  I know you have the space, etc.  But for your own sanity, I really think you have too many.  That’s a lot for anyone.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mchitt329: When you said that you had the post op complication cat in isolation, and the other cats were socializing, it sounded like you were not keeping them separate from your own.

Accidents and illness and death happens. However, there are ways to minimize risk. What I do, and what other foster parents that I know do, is have a ‘foster room’. Usually a bedroom that is only for the fosters. Nothing in it but litter boxes, cat trees/perches, toys that are safe to leave out, food/water bowls and a chair or two. It’s completely closed off and cat proofed.  

The other reason for only having 2-3 fosters at a time is because every cat has their own personality. Not every cat can handle being around that many other cats, and that’s ok. Being in a new environment with half a dozen other cats can be extremely stressful, and can actually cause behavioral problems, like inappropriate urination or defecation and aggression.

I don’t want you to be discouraged from fostering. It’s wonderful, heartbreaking, crazy, stressful and somehow the most rewarding feeling all at the same time. And I KNOW how hard it is to say no to ‘just one more’. But the safer, less stressful environment you can create, the more you can help in the long run.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I have fostered.  I did no more than 2 cats at a time, because they require attention.  I think you are fostering too many at once.  

I am sorry you had a few horrible experiences.  I was fortunate enough never to have any scary experiences.  

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper

@mchitt329:  I also know of fosters that have 5+ animals at once depending on their space so I don’t see this as unusual. That being said when you have a health compromised animals as these cats seems to be with all those additional fosters it can become overwhelming, and you sound a bit overwhelmed.

I have fostered, once. It was a mixed bag so to speak but overall I highly suggest anyone on the fence to give it a try. The dog we fostered was food aggressive, male aggressive and had several behavioral issues. In other words it was not a piece of cake. We had the dog for a total of six months or so. While we would have loved to keep him longer I developed severe allergies shortly after we got him and they only got worse. I still have scars from some of my hive reactions on my chest. He needed loads of love and attention and I couldn’t give it to him without having a reaction or trying to cover every inch of upper body skin. It just got to be frustrating for everyone, including the dog. The rescue ended up finding another foster home for him and he was actually recently adopted by a home that was exactly what we said he needed (older child no young one, no cats, middle to larger sized dogs no small dogs, he was a bully).

Since then we have not fostered again although we have offered to on a few occasions.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@mchitt329:  I’ve fostered before, but never had any problems like you have mentioned….  Only damage to my stuff from dogs, never injury or illness to the animals.

sorry you’re having a tough time, but I don’t think you should give up, you’re doing a great job! You’ve just had some back luck

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