(Closed) Fostering fur families

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Would you foster a fur baby?
    yes : (20 votes)
    74 %
    no : (2 votes)
    7 %
    depends on how much work is required : (3 votes)
    11 %
    other--I will explain below : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’ve never done it myself, but I know a few who have (I’d love to, but our 800 sq ft apartment with 2 pets already is a full house.

    You definitely do get attached, and that’s a big challenge.  You just have to keep in mind that by teaching a dog that it’s ok to love and trust humans, you’re getting him ready for his forever home, and by letting him go at the end of the foster, you open your home up to a new life that needs to be saved.

    Post # 6
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    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would love to, but we don’t have enough space for another dog – and I know that I wouldn’t be able to give the dog up when they found a home for him/her. 

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    I would, for a no-kill rescue.  In my area if you foster for a humane society the animal can be removed from your home to be put down.

    Post # 8
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    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    If I ever did this I’d end up keeping the cat. And my current kitty would NOT be pleased!

    Post # 9
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    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I know there was a Bee that fostered a pregnant cat, and then her whole litter of kittens… hope she sees this and pops in!

    Post # 10
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    2892 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    We foster kittens (and occasionally adult cats) for the local shelter and it’s very rewarding. Sometimes it’s a lot of work and sometimes less, depending on the animals. It can be emotionally difficult to say goodbye to the babies but we’ve gotten better at it.

    Post # 11
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    1622 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Our 3 cats are all from rescue agencies and we would love to foster additional cats/kittens but I’m afraid of upsetting our cats and causing fights/stress.   When we adopted the 2 siblings (and I already had my one cat), it was Kitty War 2008.  My older cat hissed and swatted at the kittens and avoided me for about 6 weeks until finally the kittens won her heart over.  She still doesn’t love the other 2, but she does tolerate them.

    I hate to think about it, but when the day comes that these cats are gone we would adopt more or consider having rotating fosters.

    Post # 12
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    86 posts
    Worker bee

    We foster dogs for a local foster group that rescues from the reserve as well as taking in stray animal. Its a VERY rewarding experience! The love and appreciation that these animals have is amazing. It feels good to know your giving a dog a second chance at life. Yes, it is easy to get attached to them but knowing that they are going to a loving home makes it very worthwhile and also knowing you can help out another dog in need is great. A couple tips: read the thank yous from people who’ve adopted a dog from the rescue group, most of them say that adopting the dog completed their family and they are so happy 🙂 Our resuce group has a great policy- if the foster fmaily falls in love with the dog they have the first right to adopt them.

    Fostering is a great experience, but it is alot of work. There is a lot of trianing involved because most of the dogs haven’t been well socialized in the past. There is also time spent doing paper work with the rescue group etc etc. In our case the benefits exceed the work! Just make sure when your fostering that the health and well being of your own pets is the number one priority and don’t be afraid to say no to dogs that aren’t a good match with other pets.

    Best of luck if you decide to foster 🙂

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I have fostered in the past, (several dogs and a cat), and would like to do so again, (I wouldn’t be taking a break from it if Darling Husband didn’t want/need a break).  Yes, you get attached, yes, you are sad to see them go, (even the naughty ones, though maybe a little less so!  hehehe!), but at the same time, you are happy they have found a home, and that you could be their soft place to fall while they wait for their forever family to find them.

    The best way I’ve heard it put is: I am always told “I couldn’t foster because I would feel bad when the animal left.” I would feel worse knowing an animal died because I didn’t want to foster.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I loved the dog we fostered, but he was a handful.  I didn’t really want to keep him around.  So, I guess getting attached wasn’t a problem for me.  If you think it would really wreck your life to give up a dog after falling in love with it, then fostering probably isn’t right for you.  But I think it is a great way to provide a loving home for an animal that might otherwise be put down.  I recommend it.

    Also to help keep it from becoming a forever thing, I was very active in the search for a permanent home.  I helped write bios and advertisements for him, and I’d meet with prospective owners and answer their questions.  I also provided photos for the ads and helped train him.  It was a great experience.

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would foster cats, but not dogs, FH is allergic to dogs…

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