Monday, June 6, 2011

How to Foster a Dog or Cat - Kansas City Rescue, Foster Parents, Adoption - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

I have a great respect and admiration for those amazing souls who choose to foster a homeless pet along its journey to find a forever family. Can you imagine taking in a needy pet, providing all the necessities, nursing them back to health, teaching them to trust and giving them so much of your love, but knowing the whole while that it would only be temporary? Fostering a pet is not for everyone, but is extremely rewarding to those that have the strength to do it. Have you ever wondered how the process works and how you could learn more? The Animal Rescue Alliance in Kansas City (T.A.R.A.) is in desperate need of foster homes for the animals they rescue. Without foster homes, they are unable to rescue more animals facing death, because there just isn't enough room. Foster parents are one of the key reasons that animal rescue organizations can even exist. Contact for more details. If you are not in the Kansas City area, click here to find statewide rescue organizations listed on Petfinder who may need foster parents for their animals. Click here to read an article on Petfinder, detailing the eight reasons you can foster a pet, even if you think you can't.

• By Diane Morgan

I am the bridge, between what was and what can be. I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush, because my heart melted when I saw you,
matted, sore, limping, depressed, lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel.
because when the time comes, when you are well, and sleek, when your eyes shine, and your tail wags with joy then comes the hard part.
I will let you go - not without a tear, but without a regret.
For you are safe forever
--A new dog needs me now!

About Fostering - By T.A.R.A
Foster Parents provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, cats and dogs in their greater-Kansas City area homes. Some animals only need a home for a few weeks, others may need one for several months. By offering your time, energy, and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent, loving home. T.A.R.A. is always looking for foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons. The more Foster Parents we have, the more lives we will be able to save. Our goal is to place animals in foster homes until a permanent home can be found for them. By doing so, this animal will learn proper behaviors, become more adapted to a home environment and have a smoother transition when adopted to a permanent home.

Foster Parent Requirements
  • Be willing to have a home inspection.
  • Understand and agree with our program’s goals and requirements.
  • Bring your foster pet to our adoption events. The more exposure they get, the better than chance they have of finding their forever home.


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