What's the Buddhist view of fostering a pet?


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It is good karma to save a living being's life, which is what you do when you take care of one.

Fostering is better than buying one, because when you foster a pet, you don't encourage inbreeding and other abuses that happen in pet-breeding.


Monks often look after animals similar to having pets.

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The difficulty that a practicing Buddhist faces if s/he is a pet owner and a time comes when the pet falls ill and the person decides to “put to sleep” this pet. This is in conflict with the vow of abstaining from killing. After all, animal euthanasia means one is deliberately killing and therefore breaking one of the five precepts. This is creating the karmic cause for one to be born in the hell realm. Even though in the present day we have come to accept the belief that killing with a motivation that is “totally pure” becomes a virtue, it is not so. To take life — one's own or someone else's — is wrong no matter what, something outlined in the first precept which guides us to abstain from killing living beings. So this is the difficulty that a practicing Buddhist faces.


I heard Lord Buddha didn't accede foster a pet.Buddha taught it's a way of clinging.At the present lot of monks(at Mahayana)practice fostering pet.But according to Theravada it's a fault.

  • Please provide a reference about what you have posted; that looking after an animal is prohibited in the Vinaya. Thank you May 21, 2017 at 8:59
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    I'm sorry.Did you mean fostering and clinging are two.I can understand. May 22, 2017 at 11:49
  • Fostering is not clinging. May 22, 2017 at 19:03

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