Another very important aspect of fostering that I forgot to mention, and that could be challenging for you, is the fact that you may disagree with some of the policies and procedures and decisions of the rescue you are working with. It's not uncommon that volunteers of a rescue organization often are at odds with leadership over some decisions that are made. While there is no specific advice I can give, I can tell you this. The organization is coming from a different angle than you are. The organization, in all likelihood, has liability as one of their priorities. It's not always fair or warranted, but a fact that volunteers must deal with. Aligning with the organization is sometimes challenging. But, if you focus on caring for the animal and focus on the animal only, the people crap will work itself out. I tell people who are volunteering this one simple rule: Leave your ego at home!!
Extra Tid bit: Here are some, not all, questions I may ask potential foster homes:
- Are you willing to foster indefinitely, until pet finds its forever home?
- Are you willing to drive up to an hour for meet and greets?
- Are you willing to come to my location for a couple of hours every so often to showcase and socialize them?
- Are you willing to deal with some housebreaking or other behavioral issues?
- Do you have a crate or area where pet can be safely contained when unsupervised?
- Do you have space in your home for a crate?