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Q: How do you foster and then adopt? I am a complete foster failure.

October 26, 2008 | By VKiggins | 13 answers | Expired: 2150 days ago

VKiggins

Once again I have kept (with my daughter's help) 3 out of the 4 kittens we bottle fed this summer. The 4th went to my neighbor's house. I just can't let go of my attachment. Anyone else out there with the same issues?

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Cindy
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Oct 26, 2008

I've fostered two sets of kittens now for the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, in addiition to a German Shepherd that needed some healing time for a head wound before being placed up for adoption.

I was tempted to keep the shepherd, but this dog had a bit of separation anxiety and really needed somemone who could be home with him during the day. I was happy the dog did go to a family with a stay-at-home mom and kids.

As far as the kittens go, it is hard to give them up, but I realize I can't keep them. I already have a cat and dog. If my situation changes so that I can have another dog or cat some day, great, but my living situaiton dictates that I can't have anymore right now.

I feel like I've done my best for them to give them a good start in life and hopefully they get adopted to people who will continue to take good care of them. Saying goodbye is the hardest. But I just have to give them one last kiss and walk away, knowing I've done all I can do.

There are a few dogs from time to time I see at the humane society I'd take home in a heartbeat if I could have a second dog. There are many wonderful cats as well, and a few I've taken a personal liking to, but I know the dogs better.

I've gotten so I don't ask very often whether they got adopted anymore, because we are o short on space, and I on't want to know if they've been euthanized -- so I just do my small part and leave it at that.

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Linda C.
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Oct 26, 2008

I get this question ALL the time. I am currently raising my 8th guide dog puppy, each of which we keep for about 18 months and then return to the school to be trained as a guide, and I have rescued and fostered numerous dogs over the years - none of which I've kept. Everyone always says "you'll keep this one!" - especially when we raised 3 ADORABLE Golden Retriever pups last year from 10 days old from our local shelter. I guess the trick for me is that I never think of them as "mine". I and my family love them like they are ours, but know that we are doing this to help them become an adoptable pet for someone that is unable to give them what we can. Being a dog trainer, I have the ability to help dogs that have behavioral problems, and rehab them so that they can be a reliable, loving pet. As long as I feel confident that our fosters are going to dedicated, loving homes (which I always have), I can let them go. Not without some tears, mind you, but the reward of seeing them get a forever home, and freeing a space in our home for another "project" is enough reward for me.

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Carolmonj
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Oct 30, 2008

After fostering over 170 young pups I can answer this one....A few tears are shed as each pup leaves but the reward of a happy family and saving a pups life is well worth the tears. I never mix my fosters with my own dogs as that adds additional emotion to the package.

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