One of the biggest issues that dog shelters and rescues have is over population. Ever thought about fostering a shelter or rescue pet? I remember my first foster. She was a 2 year old three legged blood hound mix with the sweetest of dispositions and defiance! Much like my own two legged daughter! Her broken leg is a sad story in itself caused by a person so I won’t even go there! She had been at the rescue shelter for a very long time and no one was adopting her because of her disability. Which I totally don’t get! What does it matter! Dogs adapt to any situation they have been given much like children. Okay so she didn’t walk…she hopped. My sweet, sweet Ladybug was the inspiration to create Puppy Luv Glam. Everyone that knew me knew Ladybug. She was probably the only pooch that could do her business on other people’s lawns and my neighbors would say “oh..that’s just Ladybug.” She definitely knew how to work her handicap. One day she walked out of my house through the garage without me knowing it. She than strolled over to my neighbor’s house through the garage and decided to do her business in his bedroom. He caught her red handed! The joke in the neighborhood was she was faking the whole leg thing to get sympathy. And when no one is around she walks perfectly fine!
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough shelter adoptions to compensate for freeing up room to take in more unwanted and abused animals. The shelter pets are either (hopefully) relocated, or more likely, euthanized due to overcrowding in animal shelters. Even today, close to 50% or more of the animals that enter a shelter are euthanized. (Thus, this is why we encourage adopting from rescue shelters and spaying and neutering your pets.) Although, there is a solution. If you feel volunteering and helping animals is a passion you would like to fulfill then consider fostering a shelter dog. The shelter will cover your expenses for food and vet care. They will remain in close contact with the foster home to ensure the pet is settling in to a loving and safe environment. The shelter or rescue will work with the foster home caregivers regarding any issues or concerns that may arise. And to help should an emergency arise at the foster home, and provide the fosters assistance, when necessary. Your responsibility would be to give the pooch a loving home. I know most people say that how do I not get attached to the dog? I will want to keep it. Well, here’s the thing you need to keep in mind…once your foster gets adopted than you are able to take in another dog that doesn’t have room to stay in the shelter. Obviously, if you have fallen madly in love with your foster pooch than it’s obvious you can adopt your rescue. And, of course you are still helping the shelter!
So why should you become a foster parent to a pooch in need? Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog. Giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption. You are helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible. Socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
The process is very simple. You can contact your local shelter such as The Humane Society or local rescue groups. You will have to fill out a foster application. This is more for formality and to see what sort of dog personality fits your lifestyle. And of course to see if you are ready to take on this responsibility and go over all the necessary information. If at anytime the foster parent feels it is not working out for them, then the shelter will relinquish the responsibility from the foster household. Fostering a dog may seem like a tough and time consuming task, but it’s a very tangible way to make a difference. Everyone benefits. The foster volunteer gets to spend time with a dog that is in great need and the kennel gets space for a new dog. The foster dog gets a break from kennel life and a chance to become a loving pet. The new owners get a dog that is better adapted to home life and has a better chance of remaining in the new home permanently. So, hopefully we have given you something to think about!
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