Typically, the main difference between shelters and rescues is that a shelter has a physical location for animals and a rescue is foster based. Many shelters are in need of foster homes as well, so don’t rule this out if you haven’t found any local rescues. Fostering involves housing animals temporarily while the shelter or rescue finds new homes for them. Sometimes a more experienced owner is a good fit for more involved fostering that often involves some training. Many animals that need fostering are very low maintenance, though, and are perfect for people of all skill levels who are looking to get involved. Your local shelter or rescue may have some specific fostering needs and/or application processes, so we encourage you to reach out to them. Who knows, you may fall in love with a foster pet and end up adopting!

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