Pet owners, present author not excluded, love to full-on gush about the joys that four-legged friends bring to our lives. While The Florentine's print and online pet special is primarily a celebratory tribute to our community’s critters, we’d be remiss not to say that adopting an animal is a serious undertaking—one that requires considerable emotional, financial and, in many cases, physical commitment (read: waking up at 5am and slipping on your walking shoes if Fido requires it). Perhaps you can’t yet take the plunge into full-time ownership, but are craving the comfort and sense of purpose a pet provides. Maybe you’re an animal lover who wants to help out Florence’s strays or surrendered pets, but your timeline in Tuscany is finite or uncertain. If something in those descriptions resonates, fostering might be for you.