There are many different reasons for this.
Litters of kittens or puppies, especially those brought in without their mother, will benefit from early socialisation, care and handling.
Animals with injuries or a recent operation may need a quiet place to recover for a few days or longer. Some animals simply can’t cope with the hustle and bustle of a busy rescue centre so need a home environment where they can relax.
Animals with behavioural issues that aren’t suited to living in a rescue centre need experienced carers and older animals may just need somewhere warm and quiet while they wait for their forever homes.
Centres like ours usually have a list of potential foster homes and when an animal comes into their care and needs fostering, they will match the animal with the most suitable foster home they have available.
Anyone applying to become a fosterer should not expect instant responses, not because they are unsuitable for fostering but just because their situation may not be ideal for the animals currently in need of care.
Unfortunately, fostering an animal is not always fun-and-games.
It can be tiring, it can be frustrating at times but ultimately it is a great thing to do for the animals who are simply trying to recover from neglect, injury, sadness or ill treatment.
Foster carers make a huge difference as a first step towards finding a forever home with a loving family.
If you are interested in fostering an animal, please get in touch with your local rescue centre and have a chat with them, they will be able to give advice and point you in the right direction.