We have been a foster family for Tri State Basset Hound Rescue for 4 years now.
The thing we hear most when people find out that we foster is, “I could never do that, I’d get too attached.”
When people say this I usually give a variation of one of these explanations…
“We are ok because our adoption coordinators do such a good job matching our dogs with the right family! The dogs are going to a family that is “right” for them & who wants them. It’s a happy time! ”
Charlie meeting his new mom, Terri, & Daisy (also a Tri State rescue.) – March 2015
“We already have 3 dogs, we are good! The fosters deserve to have a home where they will get all the love & attention they deserve.”
Ernie – October 2013
“We love all the dogs very much, but until I win the lottery I can’t keep them all!”
My family with our dog Wilbur & fosters, Ernie & Snickers – downtown Bethlehem Blessing of the Animals – October 2013
What I’d love to say to people is, “If the only thing stopping you from fostering is getting too attached, get over it!” “Do it for the love of dogs.”
We get attached too, but we love the dogs enough to want to do this to help them.
Sadie & the girls – 2014
I feel very fortunate that we get to care for all these dogs. I am glad that my family agreed to do this. I’m glad they (& our dogs!) still enjoy it after 4 years too! We are crazy dog people! We love them all.
If you have ever thought that you would like to foster dogs please don’t let the fear of being too sad stop you. Find a rescue that you’d like to work with. Call them & find out more. Our rescue is wonderful because of all the support we get from the other volunteers we work with….they are good at what they do!
Jeter – July 2013
If you are wondering what fostering entails, it depends. Sometimes it’s not much, most dogs just need some love & a place to sleep. Some dogs require some training, either housetraining or with manners. Our foster coordinator knows us & knows our skill level so it is never something we can’t handle. Other things we do as a foster family is pick up the dog, it’s usually not too far from home. Sometimes the dog will need a bath upon arrival. We usually take the dog to our vet for an examination. After that usually it’s just regular pet care. We all help out, there’s lots of snuggles & play time & walks to be given.
Violet – February 2014
Please consider being a foster. Do it for the love of dogs!
Bunny – March 2014