Sometimes its difficult to know whether its the right time in your life to add a dog to your family. Dogs are a life-long commitment, so education and review of your current place in life is critical to ensuring a successful, happy life with your dogs. If you are unsure about adopting, but would like to spend some time with a dog, fostering might be a good option for you.
One thing that all rescues are in desperate need of are loving foster homes for their dogs. Some groups rescue “death row” dogs from shelters, some take in dogs in the local area and some bring in dogs from rural high-kill shelters from out of state. But at the end of the day, they all need a place to stay until they are adopted – could it be your home?
Since Mark and I have been involved in rescue, our house has become a revolving door for dogs in need of a place to crash. During their stay they get acclimated at being with other dogs (large and small). They get a little training if needed. They get to play, hang out with us and enjoy all the things that they can expect in their future forever home. We’ve fostered dogs for a few days to many months and I’m happy to say that all of them have found forever homes unique to their situation.
Is it hard to give up a dog when he does find his forever home? I’m not going to lie. Sometimes it’s tough. But I try to remember that he is going to a place where he’s going to get tons of love and that in reality I’m opening a door for another dog who needs our help.
Have we ever kept a dog we were fostering? This is also a big YES. It happens. What can you do when a furry little creature worms its way into your heart. And that’s OK. If it’s the right time and he’s the right dog – why not?
Here are a few resources on becoming a foster dog mom or dad. And if you are interested, contact your local rescue groups or feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to put you in touch with groups that need your help!
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