When we get new foster homes, we try to give them a dog that is already in one of our foster homes and ready for adoption. This is because when we get in new dogs, we don't always know much about them. Some of them will be heartworm positive or have other health issues that will require long-term care. Others have issues like ear mites and worms that can be contagious to other pets so they have to be quarantined. Plus the dogs may have behavior issues that will need to be worked with, and often new volunteers don't want to take in a dog that they quickly learn is pushy with other dogs, or doesn't like kids, or screams when unhappy. Since we want to keep our new volunteers, we prefer to give them dogs that have already been evaluated and fully vetted and that we know will be a good fit for their home. That way they have a good experience and keep coming back!
Since I somehow always seem to have plenty of foster dogs around, I often end up moving one of my foster dogs to new foster homes. Or in the case of the past few weeks, I moved three of my dogs to new foster homes! Both Bogey the shy dog (now called Brody) and Lucky the deaf dog went to a volunteer who is new to fostering but absolutely wonderful with training and socializing dogs. I've shared a few of their pictures on my Facebook page and they are both doing great! Also Louie my shy but perfect foster dog went to another foster home where he is being spoiled rotten.
There's one other thing you should know about new foster homes. They have uncanny luck in getting their fosters adopted. Even dogs that have been around for several months suddenly become adopted once going to a new foster home. It is wonderful! In this case, both Lucky and Louie have been adopted in the past week! This means I was able to send out two more foster dogs to those foster homes! I've also taken in several new dogs, and one new cat, so here's a quick update.
Hoppy is a three-legged cat who was turned into a shelter when his family said they no longer had time for him. He is very sweet and loving, and he was adopted three weeks after I brought him home!
Since Josie's foster family was willing to take another dog, they took home Gemma the deaf pit bull mix. And since Moose the Great Dane and all five of Lacey's puppies were adopted, that gave me room to take in a few new dogs. So stay tuned for more new fosters, coming soon!