Thursday, March 27, 2008

Fostering - Save a Life!

The most common thing people say about fostering is “oh, I could never do that – it would be too difficult to give the dog up!”. And most foster volunteers would agree – it is a very difficult thing to do. You get attached to each and every dog that you bring into your home – you learn their personalities, and you teach them, and learn from them. They give you so much love and affection, and it IS hard to give them up. But if you don’t, who will help save the next homeless dog? The feeling you get from watching one of your foster dogs go to his new home is not only sad, but also very rewarding. To see them being showered with love and affection from kind people who can’t wait to make the dog a part of their family – that is incredible! And you know that because those generous people adopted your foster dog, you can go save another dog that is homeless and will be put to sleep if no one steps up to rescue it. There is no more meaningful way that I can think of to make such a difference to so many animals, and to save so many lives.

Want to know more about fostering? Read on…

The benefits of fostering a dog:

a) Its rewarding to be a part of saving a dog that would otherwise be put to sleep.
b) Its fun! Dogs are loving, and entertaining, and great companions.
c) Fostering means no vet expenses – these are usually covered by the rescue group!
d) Many rescue groups also pay for dog food and other supplies. It’s the lowest-cost dog you’ll ever have.
e) You can choose who you foster! Rescue groups will often work with you to find the right dog to fit your lifestyle.
f) Short-term commitment. Adopt a dog and it’s a commitment of at least several years. Foster a dog, and it’s a commitment of a week to several months. Then once your foster dog is adopted, you can decide when you’re ready to do it again!

The responsibilities of fostering a dog:

a) You must provide a safe, loving environment for the dog in your care.
b) You will need to take the dog to adoption events in order to help it find a permanent home.
c) You will need to work with the dog in your care to prepare it for adoption. This might be as simple as giving it food, treats, play time and exercise. Or if you’re ready for more of a challenge, it could include basic obedience, house-training, socialization or perhaps care for a medical issue. Another benefit of working with a rescue group is they can match the foster dog to your ability and availability to work with the dog.

If you’re interested in volunteering, or need help finding a rescue group in your area, please feel free to e-mail me for more information!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am catching up on your blog and love this summary. I have had to say that so many times, and I am only on my 4th foster dog in less then a year. My current is a perfect example, he doesn't have "issues" but has been at the shelter for 4 months, half his life, and is getting kennel crazy. He is very eager to please and very adoptable, but we have to show his best side!

I am hoping to run across a post with some unique ideas for high energy he is...luckily my girl Abbie likes him and they are a great wrestling pair...whew.

I can't wait to catch up on your adventures!