You're stronger than you think you are. You can do this.
|Gorgeous Mr. Bingley was a former Puppy Mill stud|
2. Because you are a project oriented person and love a good challenge. Seeing progress and recovery with a traumatized foster is the most rewarding thing you can imagine. You'll have to think outside the box, trying different things to help each new dog. You'll grow in knowledge and when you see a rescued puppy mill dog run for the first time (maybe in their life), your heart explodes.
|Marshall's so proud. He wants me to watch how fast he can run.|
3. Because you are a great admirer of "feeling happy" and you like smiling. "Petting a dog for just 15 minutes releases the feel-good hormones serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin, and lowers the stress hormone cortisol, a University of Missouri–Columbia study says."
4. Fostering a shelter animal can be healing. My husband had been horribly ill with Graves Disease for over 2 years, possibly longer. My husband felt like he was DYING. ALL. THE. TIME. We took the leap into fostering, and his health immediately improved. His mood improved. His spirit improved. His color improved. He was eventually announced "cured". I know the big turn around for him started the day we got our first foster, Charlie.
|Charlie was severally abused. He bonded with Tim immediately and Tim started feeling better too. |
They healed each other.
5. Because you're bored, in need of entertainment. Let's face it. Dogs are fun. We are never bored. We're always playing with our
kids dogs and cats. Who needs TV? We've got our own comedy troupe right here in our house.
6. Because the relationships in your home could use some strengthening. I can affirm, this has been one of the most rewarding things my husband and I have ever done together. Our home is an empty nest now. We've raised 2 fabulous human beings (you're welcome). Now what? We've both been living our own lives. I had my interests and he had his. We know, together, we are really good at projects and parenting. When fostering dogs, both our awesome skills are used, bringing us back TOGETHER. You have to communicate and work as a team to help each animal.
7. Because your children need to learn the world is not about them. They learn compassion, servanthood, nurturing, responsibility and develop a generous spirit. Having a sick or severally traumatized animal in your home forces you to think before you act. I see how our son has learned to think responsibly towards pet ownership. He sees the BIG picture. Just because you're dying for a Boxer, doesn't mean you should have one, right now. (If more people understood this...we wouldn't have such a big problem with pet abandonment)
|My daughter's adopted English Bulldog, Bruiser|
9. Because your other animals are open to new companions. Our dogs need socializing too and they enjoy having fur friends. We have 3 dogs, all have been rescued, with their own set of issues. Having new dogs come and go has been good discipline and training for them. They in turn, have been very good for incoming foster dogs, teaching and showing them the ropes. Mill dogs especially have no idea how to "just be a dog".
10. Because you're stronger than you think you are. Of course, you bond with them. Yes, it hurts to give them up. But you can give them to a new, beautifully perfect family and be at peace.
|This is Marshall's new family. He bonded immediately. We are so happy for all of them.|
I have a 100 more good reasons to foster, but for the sake of brevity, I stopped at 10. Do you have some to add? I would love to hear from you, and discuss this subject further, so please leave a comment.
If you have any questions about fostering, I'm happy to answer as honestly as I can.
If you're interested in fostering, you can call your local animal shelter and find out more. Also, if you have a favorite breed of dog or cat, there are specific organizations all over. You can volunteer for them. We volunteer for ESRA and rescue Springer Spaniels.
I hope you'll follow me and keep up with our fostering shenanigans. :) Lots of good times, with occasional animal drama
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