A Passion for Animals

I have volunteered at various times with different organizations, but this week I signed up for something new – fostering for a dog rescue group.   I have cocker spaniels, and my previous dogs were cocker spaniels, so I signed up with a rescue group dealing in that breed.

Saturday, I told a co-worker of my decision.  She is the one who inspired me – she already fosters.  She shared with me that she just had to turn down a puppy because her dog is recovering from an injury.  Before I knew it, the words popped out of my mouth and I volunteered to foster her.

The situation was urgent because the individual that found her had to keep the puppy separate from her own dog, fearing that her dog would inflict harm. She actually took her to the shelter but was afraid she would be euthanized, and the next day picked her up. So once I called the organization things happened quickly.

So here it is Sunday night and I have an adorable three-month-old part Husky puppy in my house.  She is smart, or I am a wonderful teacher – though in actuality someone probably already worked a little with her on sitting.  Because within five minutes she was sitting on her own for treats.  And my dogs, while not enamored yet, are not hostile. I think the biggest issue will be not to lose my heart.

Adding an additional pet to your family is a very big decision.  But if you foster, then you only have the animal until it is adopted.  It might be one week – or longer. And depending on the organization, they do pick up some of the expenses.

If you love animals and have room in your home and heart then this is a wonderful way to help pull dogs out of shelters until they have a chance to be adopted.  If you don’t feel that fostering is a good fit and you love to drive, then you can sign up for relay transportation.  My neighbor found a Catahoula Leopard dog, and again, she was afraid her dog would harm the puppy.  I kept it until transportation could be arranged.  The dog was transported from Arkansas to Florida via relay.

There are so many animals in need and there are many ways you can help.  Have you ever fostered animals before?  If so, how did it work out for you – did you end up keeping the animal because it worked his/her way into your heart?  If you never considered doing it, what would keep you from fostering an animal?

- Leigh AAR

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11 Responses to “A Passion for Animals”

  1. AAR Sandy says:

    I don’t think I could give an animal up, to tell you the truth, something we call a “foster fail.” I have helped with transportation, though, and it makes you feel terrific to help. Congrats, Jean, on your new foster.

  2. LeeB. says:

    I was wondering about the fostering too and how hard it would be to let a pet go. Good luck Leigh!

  3. maggie b. says:

    I haven’t and can’t foster. We have severe pet allergies in our home. It’s wonderful that you are able to do this. Best of luck with your foster puppy!

  4. Tee says:

    I admire you. :)

  5. Leigh says:

    Sandy,
    I keep telling myself I only know small dogs and my dog door is not large, but she is so cute and smart. My friend has already experienced foster fail with her dog Sneaky Pete.

    LeeB –
    Only time will tell.

    Maggie,
    Thanks

    Tee,
    Thanks but I have just stuck my toe in the water so to speak compared to others. I will let you know how it goes.

  6. CindyS says:

    I would love to foster animals but my husband falls hard and he says he wouldn’t be able to let them go. It takes a bit longer for an animal to worm their way into my heart but I think after 6 months I would be a goner.

    A friend of mine fostered once and called the dog Foster – she wishes she had kept him as he had run away from 2 homes after her and now doesn’t know where he is. She has 2 dogs of her own now but I think not knowing what finally happened with Foster has haunted her.

    I do wonder about emergency fostering where you are needed for a few days or a week and I have dealt with many illnesses with my previous pets that changing bandages or giving needles would not be daunting. Something to definitely think about there. Maybe hubby will just come home to a new animal every few weeks ;)

    CindyS

  7. Leigh says:

    CindyS, I am falling hard for this one too. I keep telling myself – you only have a four foot fence and she is going to be a big dog. BUt the problem is I have wondered what it would be like to have a big dog -since I have always had small.

    She has the sniffles – she was in a shelter so now I am worried about kennel cough.

  8. terry says:

    I just got a dog from humane society who was sneezing. Vet said just upper respiratory infection. Antibiotics for 10 days and he was fine.

  9. delia says:

    If I had to fail at anything, this is what I’d chose. I’d wear my foster failure badge with pride :) I volunteer with my local humane society but I don’t foster (not possible where I live). I’m in awe of those who do foster and have the love and patience to get animals ready for their forever home. I would have a hard time giving up an animal. Thank you to all of those out there do foster!

  10. cork_dork_mom says:

    Congrat’s on your decision to foster! It is a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to foster a mama cat & her 4 kittens. It was wonderful! Granted she did tear up a little bit of carpet and the kittens left a few messes behind, but it didn’t matter at all. Having the chance to help a cat & her litter was beyond wonderful. The hardest part was taking them back to the SPCA. Thankfully they kept me posted and found out that all of them including the mama found a home.

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