Friday Facts!

So, I think each Friday, I will give a fun fact (or two or three…). The facts will be pertaining to dogs, of course, in some way or another. If you have a fun topic you know about, or would like to know about, let me know! I will include info you give me, or I’ll research to see if I can find anything fun to share! : )

Today, I am giving some facts about fostering!

1: In most cases, the rescue group or shelter covers all expenses. So, really you are just opening your home to a dog. Food, vet bills, crate, etc are provided. Your only requirement is to provide a safe, loving home, where the dog can learn what a home life is all about! Lucy & Petey have mastered it well:

2: Fostering a dog may seem like a lot of work, so what’s the point? But it is a very good way to make a difference! Think of the benefits: You get to enjoy the company of a dog without the financial responsibility, and the shelter gains space for a new dog. The foster dog gets to learn what being a pet is all about. Lastly, and most importantly, the new owners get a dog that is better adapted to home life, and therefore has a better chance of remaining in the new home permanently.

3: How do I keep myself from not adopting all of them? I try not to think of a foster dog as “mine.” I am just their half-way point, helping them to be in the best shape (physically or mentally speaking), before they meet their forever family. This is not to say that I don’t love them, or that I haven’t had a favorite. Some have been harder to say goodbye to than others. But in the end, the feeling that you literally helped save that dog from death, is stronger than the sadness of goodbye. You CAN do it, I promise.

4: Rescuing a dog gives you the status of a Rockstar! That’s right. You instantly become a rockstar. And you meet other fab rockstars in the process (like my friend, Morgan, follow her blog here.

Ok, so maybe it is just the rescue pup that looks at you like a rockstar, but sometimes their opinion counts more than other humans! How could you not want more of this happiness in your face?!

happy faces

So, there ya go. I have LOTS more to say about fostering & persuading you to do it, but I’ll save that for another time. We have some fun plans for this weekend, so stay tuned to hear about our adventures! Happy Friday!

5 thoughts on “Friday Facts!”

  1. Thank you for helping to spread the good word about fostering and what a difference it makes for the dog being fostered and the adoptive family. A foster home is one of, if not the most important role in helping a rescued dog find a forever home. I hope people will read and share what you have written and that it will motivate them to make a difference by fostering a homeless dog(or cat).

  2. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Since I think of all of you as heroes, it helps to understand what big hearts you all have.

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