The Joys and Pains of Fostering… You can save a life!

by laurenbugngus • Posted in: Foster, Rescue

UPDATE…  Mouse found a home yesterday, 9/30.  Yeahhh!  Congratulations Mouse!  I will miss you but will hopefully see you again soon.

I am currently on my second foster and will be giving her up tomorrow.  I thought that I might be able to keep her but after giving some thought I made the very hard but ultimately right decision to not adopt her.  She will be going into the adoption program full-time but am hoping that she will find a home tomorrow to lessen the stress on her.  For anyone who has met Mouse, you know how scared and timid she is.

I have gone through this before and will do it again I am sure.  It is a very emotional thing to open your home and heart to one of these poor little babies.  You keep telling yourself that it is only temporary but that doesn’t make it any easier.

I am writing this, actually, to encourage each and every one of you that have room and are able to, to open your home to an otherwise homeless pet.  It is absolutely worth the tears that you may shed.  You are saving a life. Don’t assume that someone else will do it.  Guess what… they won’t.  It is up to you.

What does help is knowing that you saved a life.  A person or a family will be fortunate to have all the memories and all the happiness that having a pet bring because of you! For all those wonderful people who adopted pets from rescue groups themselves, you are more than likely a benefit of someone saving your baby from the cold and scary pound and welcoming them into their home.  I know I am.  I cannot imagine my life with out Bug and Gus, my dog and cat who were both rescued from the Downey Shelter (a high-kill pound in Los Angeles) by “Cockers and Kitties” in Santa Monica, CA and “Underdog Rescue” in Trabuco Canyon, CA respectively.  I am so grateful to those kindhearted people… especially now that I am doing rescue and foster myself.

I read a quote on another rescue website “they never get old, they never die, they just live on in your memory and your scrapbook”.  I have pictures of my former foster, Marky on my board with his new mom and dad and will do the same with Mouse.

Please consider fostering if you are able.  Don’t let the fear of the pain of letting them go stop you.  Yes, they will leave you but that means you can save another. Email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

For those of you who live outside of the Austin area, contact a local rescue group or your city/ county shelter.  They need fosters too!

my second foster Mouse on her way to the SoCo adoption site

my second foster Mouse on her way to SoCo

my first foster Marky, found a home
my first foster Marky, found a home
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2 Responses to "The Joys and Pains of Fostering… You can save a life!"

  1. gregresnicksays: September 28, 2008 at 9:56 am

    This is a great posting. Thank for reminding me that in order to foster another, I have to let Max go. I foster for the Central Texas Dachshund Rescuse and last Saturday I got a new foster named Max. His previous owner tried to starve him to death and when we got him he was skin and bones. When I picked him up I cried all the way home. How could someone do this to such a sweet animal. It’s been a week now and Max is puting on weight and is thriving at my house with my other 2 Dachshunds. I’m really going to have a hard time letting Max go when the time comes becuase I already love him so much and feel responsible for his well being. Your posting reminded me I have to let him go so I can rescuse the next Max. Here are some pictures of Max. If you go through a few you can see how better he looks in just one week. It’s amazing what a week of love and food will do.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27752761@N07/

    Thanks again for the great posting.

    - Greg

  2. Jeannon Kraljsays: April 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I would be interested in rescuing a dachshund or maybe forstering a dachshund if that is needed. I like a middle age or older less active dog. I have a very nice place for this do to live and have no other pets right now. My Archie died last year and I am lonely.