Fostering is the first step in giving a dog or puppy a second chance. For many dogs, the process of being kept in an unfamiliar shelter and then going to an unfamiliar home is very traumatic. While in a foster home, these dogs have a chance to feel safe, secure, and loved which will help prepare them for their new forever family.What is involved in being a foster family?
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Fostering isn't for everyone but for those of us that do it, it is one of the most rewarding volunteer jobs I have ever done. Fostering means to my family, that we are giving a chance to those that otherwise would not have a chance through no fault of their own. We treat each dog that comes out of the shelter and into our home like its a puppy so we set boundaries and guidelines for behavior and house manners and we do this for two reasons. The first being that we don't know the exact history of this dog so we don't know if he or she has been potty trained or learned basic commands so we assume not for reason number two which is that we don't assume or put expectations on the dog wether it is old or young because we don't know if someone has given it a fair start in life. By going about it this way, we don't get frustrated or disappointed.
We thoroughly enjoy seeing the transformation from a sometimes sad, lonely, sick or un-trusting dog into a beautiful pet ready to share their love with another family and we love giving the gift of a best friend to other people and families. My husband and I also enjoy the hands on learning experience that we are teaching our two young children about treating animals kindly, taking responsibility for someone other than yourself and the learning experience of giving.
If you are interested in offering a temporary home to a foster dog, please complete the Foster Application below.