Today I am sharing an article I wrote back in August. Many rescues and shelters that I work with are in great need of foster homes, so I thought it was important to share this again. Please consider becoming a foster, fostering saves lives!
As I am sure you have read on my site, I am a woman on a mission to change the world one dog at a time. Mom of many both my own and fosters, rescuer, volunteer, advocate and animal activist. No dog left behind! I was recently asked by one of the rescues I am involved with to share with others in the group why I foster. Today, I would like to share my response with all of you.
This is why I foster… The best thing in the world is coming home to a foster/rescued dog greeting you at the door. There is nothing in the world better than the feeling of knowing that I have changed a dog’s entire world. There is nothing better than the unconditional love that I receive in return.
We live in a world where bad things seem to outshine the good. There are things like courage and self-sacrifice, that is not only inherent in people but also in our four-legged furry friends. I believe that everyone can learn something from these brave and noble rescued animals. I learn something new from every dog that comes through my door.
Many of the foster dogs come with heavy pasts that are filled with abuse and neglect. When I first bring home a foster/rescued dog, one of two things happens: the pup is either terrified and refuses to leave the refuge of a corner, or is off-the-wall excited and turns my home into his/her personal toilet.
Despite the challenges, I know these dog are worth the effort. I put up with the nervous growling, constant accidents, torn-up wee wee pads and occasional dog fights. Slowly, he/she begins to trust me; they learn the commands and overcome their fears.
Helping a dog and seeing him/her blossom into a silly, loyal, wonderful companion is one of the most rewarding parts of canine rescue to me. Some dogs will leave my home and get adopted into loving forever homes others may need to stay here long term, but that’s ok with me. I have fought and will continue to fight in order to save the lives of those who would otherwise have been put to sleep for being labeled as “aggressive”. The best feeling in the world is when that dog that spent 2 weeks in a corner afraid of people gets to the point of putting her head in your lap as if to say thank you for saving me, I love you.
Fostering rescue dogs changed my life and I believe that every single one of my family and friends lives would benefit from fostering or adopting a pooch. I may come off as slightly crazy, but I know in my heart that I am doing the right thing. There is always that hope that someday those family and friends who think I’ve lost my mind will join me and help too.
My message to everyone is to get out there and rescue an animal that needs saving. If you can’t adopt, foster, if you can’t foster, donate, and if you can’t donate, educate! I guarantee you your heart will be filled with an abundance of love and happiness that you have never felt in your life!
(Pictured in this post are just some of the MANY dogs I have rescued/fostered over 20+ years)