Give yourself a big pat on the back if you’re thinking of fostering a pit bull – because you’re likely saving a life. Without foster families to save them, many pit bulls would be euthanized.
Why Should You Foster A Pit Bull?
Pit bulls need fostering. Pit bulls, like other types of cats, dogs, and pets, can be abused, beaten, neglected, starved, and even killed by the very humans who are supposed to take care of them and give them love. Knowing that, you can step in and be the person that their former owners weren’t.
Animal cruelty and brutality isn’t just limited to pit bulls, but there is some evidence that they receive more than their fair share. Pit bulls are often roughly trained and treated for use in dog fighting, and as vicious guard dogs. The Houston Chronicle quoted anonymous officials as saying, “Many of the pit bull attacks are due to a skyrocketing number of poorly bred and badly trained dogs raised by backyard breeders, who are trying to cash in on the pit bull’s growing reputation as a cheap, but deadly effective guard dog, particularly in urban areas.”
Pit bulls have a bad reputation, and some of them have been treated poorly, but that is all the more reason to take action and do something about it.
Pit Bull Fostering Tips
- Just start with one! No matter how compassionate and capable you think you are, you really don’t know until you’ve tested your patience on a single dog. You might not be able to handle more than one (especially if you’ve got children). It’s easy to just say, “yes” to multiple dogs, because you’re likely saving lives. That doesn’t mean you can handle multiple dogs, though.
- Set a reasonable, achievable goal and agree to the plan with your whole family. Whether you want to commit to one foster every six months or three litters every three years, come up with a fostering plan that your whole family can agree to. You don’t want things to get out of control.
- Remember that this is a time commitment. You could be required to keep the pit bull three days or six months. Don’t assume that you’re going to get rid of it early. Plan on keeping it for a long time. Are you ready to make that time commitment? More importantly, is your family ready to go along with it, too?
- Make sure that your kids know that this is a temporary situation. Fostering isn’t permanent. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to give up that pit bull. Your children could get attached, but tell them that the more you keep, the less you can foster. They’ll understand, and they’ll forget all about the old one when you bring a new one in. You might keep one or two, but don’t make it a general rule. And, if you do, make sure you can afford them. Sometimes, children get attached to a fostered dog, but then they don’t want to take care of it. Are they willing to put in the time, energy, and commitment to take care of it?
Are You Ready To Be A Pit Bull Foster Parent?
Start with one. Work your way up. There are people out there who have fostered dozens of pit bulls and pit bull-type breeds over the years.
If you have some spare time, have experience with dogs, and if you have no pets or your current pets are well socialized, think about becoming a pit bull foster parent. You could be saving a life.