Anyone with a love of animals has probably seen or heard pleas for “fosters”. A foster home is one of the most important things a rescue group can have. The foster family is directly involved in the care of a dog; the rescue group helps to find the dog a home. Most rescue groups will be responsible for the medical costs and some even offer food for the foster dog. All you’d be responsible for is the love and training the dog needs until his or her forever home is found. Fostering is a vital role in dog rescue and there are never enough foster homes!
Erin’s Midwest Animal Rescue posted “Who wants to foster a dog? 8 more coming in this weekend…yikes.” Without the help of fosters rescue groups are unable to help as many dogs. A foster family takes the dog and takes the chance on the dog. Most of these dogs come from shelters. Which means nothing is known about their past. It is unknown at that time if the dog is housebroken, good with cats, or if he/she will try to eat your couch. The foster family takes in the new dog and starts to train him to become a pet. The foster family shows the new pet the rules of the house and gives the pet some love. The rescue group works to find the pet a forever home and is usually responsible for the medical costs associated with the foster dog. Many rescue groups will also provide donated food and training advice for the foster dog.
Please be willing to foster a dog. Why not try it one time and see how it works out? Be sure to find a group you trust and then try to find a dog you are willing to foster. Some groups have dogs in boarding while waiting for a foster home to be found. Those dogs will have some known history on them. If you don’t want to take a dog directly from a shelter you could always foster one that is currently in an experienced foster family’s home. They would then be able to take the dog coming from the shelter. Fostering dogs for a rescue group is such a rewarding experience. You get to see the dog transform before your eyes and then go to a wonderful home.
You can find more groups by searching Petfinder.com.