I have been fostering rescue dogs for just over a year now and there is only one thing I would change about my experience- I wish I had started sooner. Prior to getting involved with a local rescue organization I had very little knowledge about the process, which left me hesitant to sign up. However, after some time I decided to give it a try anyway and I am so happy that I did.
Here are the 12 things I wish I had known about fostering a dog:
- Getting a dog before you’re ready for one is a common temptation, but fostering provides you with the best of both worlds. You get the full experience of having a dog, without the lifetime commitment.
- It is a great way to determine if you’re ready for a dog. I thought I was ready for a dog until I started fostering.
- It teaches you patience and compassion- two very handy life skills.
- You become attached to every dog but because of that, you are happy to see him or her go to a great home.
- Most of the time you get a say in which dog you want to foster. The organization I work with gives me the full story behind each dog before letting me decide which will best fit my lifestyle.
- The organization caters to your needs- if you prefer a more active dog or a docile one, an adult or a puppy, they will do their best to accommodate.
- You’re not stuck with a dog if it is not working out- the organizations is always willing to re-home a dog if it is needed.
- Vet expenses, food expenses etc. are covered. Although, I have bought toys for them because sometimes you just can’t resist those puppy-dog eyes.
- Every time you foster, you are saving a life.
- It is incredibly rewarding to see the often timid dogs, come out of their shells and become the dog they were always supposed to be.
- You are increasing the dogs chance of getting adopted.
- You may end up falling in love and have a new furry friend join your family.
To this day 10 doggies have taken refuge in my home and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with every single one of them. Here are some photos of the dogs that I have fostered.
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