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National Foster a Pet Month 2024: When It Is & How You Can Celebrate

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The National Foster a Pet Month for this year is over, but pet lovers are fondly looking forward to next year’s month-long event. If you don’t already know, the life-saving National Foster a Pet Month occurs every June. This event is used to bring awareness to how many strays are out there and the need to foster one of them until they can be placed in a forever home.

It’s not only a great way to help animals, but it makes foster pet parents feel great as well. If you want to participate in National Foster a Pet Month next year but aren’t sure how to, we have you covered. Below, we’ll tell you everything we know about this event and more, so join us.


Ways to Participate in National Foster a Pet Month

There are several ways that you can participate in National Foster a Pet Month, even if you can’t foster an animal.

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Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter

While this can be done all year long, it’s even more important to volunteer during the month of June when they need help at local animal shelters. Your animal shelter will need your help organizing the events planned for that month, promoting fostering programs, and even taking care of the animals themselves. Every animal deserves to be cared for, loved, and given a forever home. You can help by volunteering at an animal shelter during National Foster a Pet Month.

If you can’t volunteer at your local animal shelter, or even if you can, you can also donate to the animal shelter. It doesn’t have to be money that you donate, either. Shelters always need supplies, such as toys, food, and bedding. If you want to donate money, you can donate it to help pay vet bills for the pets. Whatever you decide to donate will be appreciated.

Help It Go Viral

You can also post about National Foster a Pet Month on your social media accounts. As you probably know, social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter have millions of people on them at all times of the day and night. Posting about the event on your social media accounts might bring in potential foster pet parents who didn’t know about it until they saw your post.

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Attend the Adoption Events

Most animal shelters and pet stores will host adoption events during National Foster a Pet Month, so you can also do your part by attending these events. This is an excellent way for you to get to know the animals and talk to the hosts of the event about what it takes to foster a pet. If you’re considering adopting a pet, it is the perfect place and time to do so.

Foster a Pet of Your Own

Even with all of the ways you can help during National Foster a Pet Month, the most significant way you can make a difference is by fostering an animal. It is the perfect way to help a pet until they can be placed in a permanent home. Not only will you be helping a pet live a better life, but it can also be a nurturing and learning experience for you.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

While giving a pet a forever home is a noble act, it’s essential to realize that a lot goes into being a pet owner. Even if you foster an animal, you’ll need to provide food, exercise, and a cozy home. Some pets are expensive to care for, and it’s best to set aside more money than you’ll think you’ll need before fostering or adopting an animal. Foster programs typically provide food and supplies, but if you fall in love with an animal and decide to adopt them, you’ll have to cover those expenses.

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Reasons to Foster a Pet

Now that you know how you can contribute to this event, you might be wondering why you should attend National Foster a Pet Month and foster a pet of your own.  While you shouldn’t have to have a reason to foster a pet, some people do. We’ll give you a few of the best reasons we can come up with to foster a pet of your own below.

  • It saves lives
  • It improves social skills
  • It improves an animal’s chances of finding a forever home

These are just a few of the reasons that you should foster a pet. While you might not be quite ready to give a pet a forever home, fostering one will go a long way toward providing them with a better life.


Final Thoughts

National Foster a Pet Month is held every June, with the next one being in 2024. If you’re considering fostering a pet, you don’t have to wait until June of next year; you can go to your local animal shelter and see how to sign up. Remember, however, that adopting a pet is a huge responsibility, so make sure you have the time, love, and patience to keep a pet in your home.

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