The Joys of Fostering
Posted on Feb 27, 2013
Have you ever considered becoming a foster? Are you not sure if it’s the right decision for you and your family?
Fostering provides an unlimited number of benefits that you may have never considered before, and if you are on the fence about fostering, I hope this helps you make your decision.
You Choose: No good rescue will ever force a dog onto you that you don’t want to foster. Most of the time, you get to choose which dog you would like to foster from the shelter. If you want to foster but live in a small apartment and aren’t sure if it is possible, you can choose a small dog. If you want to foster but live an active lifestyle where you are out a lot, you can choose an active dog that would happily accompany you on your errands. Dogs vary. People vary. Just like adopters need to be a good fit with their dog, so do fosters, and rescue organizations recognize this important factor.
Companionship: I first began fostering as a college student. I wanted nothing more than to adopt a dog of my own, but knew in my heart of hearts that I didn’t have the financial stability to commit to a dog for 15 years. I decided to foster for Athens Canine Rescue and it completely changed my life. The simple joy of having a dog around all the time was enough for me to continue doing it again and again.
Socialization: That dog you just rescued? He has been sitting in the pound for days, weeks, and possibly even months. Shelters do their best, but with limited funds and resources, more times than not, the dogs are left alone in a dark cell with rare ventures into the outside world and almost no human interaction. Fostering changes all of this. Once that dog leaves the shelter and enters a warm, loving home, everything changes. The dog changes. You change. The sad dog you saw at the shelter soon becomes a happy dog that appreciates each and every luxury you afford him. That dog now gets to experience playing with people and playing with other dogs. Socialization helps ENORMOUSLY in getting a dog adopted.
Minimal Cost: Most rescue organizations that have foster programs cover the majority of the costs of caring for your foster dog. All the expensive things like food, vet visits, and crates are covered so you don’t have to stress about paying for a dog that is only temporarily yours. Many rescues can even provide bedding and toys if you cannot afford those things. Pretty amazing, huh? You get the joy of having a dog without any of the stress of paying for it!
Adoption: I will be the first to admit, fostering can be hard sometimes. When your first foster dog gets adopted, you will no doubt be an emotional wreck. The great part about fostering is those emotions are a mix of sadness AND happiness. You get to see a transformed dog become part of a loving family who wants nothing more but to provide that dog with a happy life. That is the ultimate reward, and after a few days of being upset, you will be right back at the shelter eagerly saving another life. Which brings me to my last point…
Saving a Life: Every time you foster, you save a life. It is as simple as that. Every dog that is pulled from a shelter for rescue means one more dog that can be taken into the shelter without any other animals dying. If you truly want to help animals, what better way to do it than to save a dog’s life and give it a whole new outlook on life?
If you feel like you are at a point in your life where fostering is an option, please fill out our Foster Application here! We are always looking for dedicated animal lovers to become new fosters so we can continue to save more lives!
When people say, “I couldn’t foster because it would be too hard to give up a dog”, we say, “How can it be harder than knowing a dog died because no foster home stepped up?” And that’s why we do it time and time again.