Post # 1
Ive had my foster boy since the beginning of September, and Ive been actively helping the rescue find him a forever home. I cant keep a dog right now – Im a student overseas, i get moved around alot because im on placement for the next year and a half, and i go home for months at a time. It wouldnt be fair to a dog… But i decided to foster this semester because i had a seriously rural placement and was lonely and had a lot of down time. hes been amazing. I loved him so much… We got so used to each other, it was like we could read each others minds. Hes been my best friend and my rock.
i had to bring him back to the rescue kennels this morning, and hes going off to his forever home on Weds. I know its a good stable home for him, but im an absolute wreck without him.to make matters worse he HATTED the kennels. He Was screaming when i was leaving. I thought id have so much more free time i could get my packing and cleaning done and study, but i cant seem to do anything but look at pictures and videos of him. Im tempted to take the 2 and a half hour journey back to the kennels and take him back…
any foster moms have any advice? Id love to foster again, when im ready…. Wll it always be this hard to say goodbye?
Post # 3
@dv3849: Aw, I’m sorry it was so traumatic. I’ve been a kitten foster mom before and letting go of the little buggers was never easy, you just get so attached. Try to find comfort in that dogs live in the moment and soon he or she will be loved in their new forever home. You did a great thing!
Post # 4
@dv3849: No advice here 🙁 just wanted to say FI and I are looking into being foster Boxer parents down the road and I’m worried I’ll experience the same feeling of loss that you are.
Thank you for being a foster mama!
Post # 5
Because no pet post would be complete without a picture:
Post # 6
@dv3849: I have never fostered, so I can only imagine how difficult it would be. I just wanted to say that you did such a good thing providing that pup with a home, and I’m sure if the timing had been right you would have kept him forever. It would be a crappy feeling taking him back to the kennel, but try to keep in mind that he is going to a good home!
I honestly don’t know if I could ever foster a dog… I’d probably end up keeping them all!
Post # 7
@dv3849: he’s beautiful! thanks so much for being a foster mom. my pup lived with one before i found him, and i know he’s thankful!
Post # 8
@dv3849: We’ve been fostering kittens for a few years and I promise you it DOES get easier. Our first litter, my son and my MOM (who does not live with us!) cried when we dropped them off, and I have cried over saying goodbye to multiple kittens (especially a few who were my favorites, and one I can’t think about years later without getting teary because he was SO special.) You did such an amazing thing for him. His life is forever changed because you were part of it. THANK YOU for taking care of him and for loving him with such an open heart.
Post # 9
Also, force yourself to do the chores and things you need to do. Keeping busy will make it easier. *Hugs*
Post # 11
We just got our first foster pup.
I’m already dreading letting her go but I’m keeping this in mind.
Post # 12
@miascloset: That’s beautiful….
Post # 13
@dv3849: I have been fostering for the past 7 years…. I ve saved a lot of fur babies over the years! I cry when they leave but I get emails all the time with updates and sometimes surprise visits! It’s sad but know that you helped save a life and there is absolutely no better feeling in the world!
Fostering is the most rewarding thing that I have ever chosen to do and pretty sure that’s my purpose in life! People all the time say to me ” I don’t know how you do it” and my response is……. it isn’t about me it’s all about them!
We just had one of our fosters leave on Friday and I already had another lined up to come in…. That seriously will help to bring in another right away! Thank you for saving lives!
Post # 14
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He is adorable…I have never fostered due to my dog having an ill temper towards other dogs…but I just want to say your doing a wonderful service by being a foster parent…I have a lot of respect for people who do so because I know it can be heartbreaking letting them go. I hope things get better and kudos to you for making a difference!
Post # 15
What a sweetie! I’m sorry you’re sad and missing your foster doggie. Thank you for doing what you do!
Post # 16
Personally the first is the hardest. I honestly didn’t think I would ever foster any more after I said goodbye to our first. I know a couple that are getting a new foster dog basically right after they find one a home. To them knowing they need to get busy to prepare everything for their new foster dog helps them move on each time. My fiance and I are different though we take our time finding a new foster pet because we preffer the one’s that most will just pass up on.
Good luck moving on. Through all the saddness remember that your helping a creature find a great home. Some forever homes send check ups so that you know their still doing good.