I AM NOT GOING TO DO IT YET! I am going to give LOTS and I do mean LOTS of tlc to my new baby whom I cant wait to pick him up! BUT after reading alot and I do mean alot of dogs who need homes I felt like maybe there is more I can do besides donating money and food which I already am. I think it would be so great to foster a couple so my dog can have friends. I know my kids would LOVE to "babysit" dogs 24/7 lol....I am not going to rush into anything I just have been thinking alot of it. Since the rescue people called me and they said they had lots of dogs in foster homes who need homes and sometimes they ran out of foster homes so they cant go out to the pound to rescue more...I thought well I have a nice big house why not become a foster home. Since I cant adopt all of them I think it will be neat to help in this way. I know eventually I will probably end up with 2-4 dogs but that is a long time from now. I want to give my dog at least 3-5 months to bond with us and be the ONLY one so he can be spoiled. I know he is going to need lots of love oh gosh I am so excited. My son kept asking me for him is so funny my little boy already knows how special his new friend is going to be. We went to petsmart and of course my kids went crazy....they cant wait to take him out to show him off to the trainers at petsmart since they knows us already lol. Anyway I am getting off the subject can you tell I am excited?? So who fosters? how is it? do you all think I have what it takes to do it? Maybe not the heart to let them go once they get adopted but it comes with the territory I just want to help as much as I can. I watch miami animal police last night and this poor black lab was dead in his owners car for 3 days!!!! Flies were everywhere poor dog it broke my heart I know I cant stop every abuse but I want to help...I am a dog lover! Liz
I think it would be a great idea for you to foster when you get ready. There are so many dogs out there that are dying because they have no place to stay. They are dying waiting to get in to rescues.I am wanting to adopt a pit bull puppy in a couple months, He has demodex right now that they are trying to clear up so I gota wait. Plus I am wanting to get moved first. So after I do that and adopt this lil boy I am also wanting to foster. I already talked to a lady. Its crazy cause I was asking about donating some money for this other pups vet bills and told her about how I want to foster in the future and she was like well let us know when you are ready we can always use the help. It would help these dogs out. Look at it this way. Just by you fostering 1 or 2 will give 1 or 2 a chance they might not have had. Probably wouldnt have had. So I say go for it...And good luck with Mojave. Well what did you decide on? Are you gona go with Special HappE?
I fostered for 4 years and it's very rewarding! Rescues always can use help. Even if you can't foster right now you can always help in holding a dog a pet adoption or transporting to the vet or pick up at the pounds. It's work but really made me feel good.
Fostering is WONDERFUL! Oh, it hurts BADLY to let them go- espeically the PERFECT dogs (like my first ever foster: http://dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=48250 ), but when you get the updates from their new family- see how loved they are- it's all worth it. :0) Most fosters need some sort of work, though. They may be ill (Sierra had an awful case of Kennel Cough we had to work through before she could be adopted out), they'll likely be scared on top of OTHER behavioral issues, and they usually require extra time- extra love. I like to make sure that a foster who leaves me will be as great a dog as I can help them be. I do basic obedience with them- work on issues that might be a problem in a new home (though MY dogs sleep in the 'big bed', fosters sleep in a crate- in case that's the arrangement their new family wants) and I take them with me EVERYWHERE for an extra kick of socialization. I just got another email from Sierra/Cassie's family- she's SOOOO loved! I couldn't be happier for her. But yes- letting her go was so very hard!