“I’d love to foster a dog, but I just think it would be too hard. I’d get attached to the dog, and then I wouldn’t want to give it up.”
How to Save Shelter Dogs Through Fostering
Yes, taking a dog into your home and providing it with love and tenderness for weeks, maybe months, will most likely result in you becoming very attached to the animal, and him becoming very attached to you. This is a good thing.
It’s good for the dog, and it’s also good for you.
Nothing feels as good as giving something to someone who can never repay you. And yes, when it comes time for the dog to leave you and go to his forever home, it’s going to be hard, probably for both of you. But he’s going to live with his brand new forever family, where he’ll be loved and cared for and cherished for the rest of his life. This is a good thing.
By fostering this dog, you provided a safe, loving environment for him. You helped him learn to trust humans again, and you showed him what it was like to be part of a family. You exposed him to people, places, other animals, and experiences that will make him a better dog. You helped prepare him for the rest of his life. This is a good thing.
By fostering this dog, you may very well have saved him from euthanasia in a cold, lonely, over-crowded shelter. This is a good thing.
And because this dog has now gone to live with his very own family, the cycle begins again. You can take in another foster dog, save another life, and make a difference in the lives of untold numbers of shelter dogs. Obviously, this is a good thing.
No one said that being a foster parent is easy. No one said it isn’t without its share of heartache. Anyone who says those things is lying to you.
But along with the difficulties and the heartache, foster families find joy. They find love. They find a sense of fulfillment in knowing they’re changing lives.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster family, you should know that most shelters and rescues assume all costs for the dog while it is in your care. They pay for food, vet bills, and other incidentals. Fostering won’t cost you a penny.
Contact your local shelter or rescue for all the details about how you can get started. Wouldn’t it be a great feeling to save shelter dogs through fostering?
Have you ever fostered a shelter animal?
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