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Q: We are thinking about fostering. Can anyone who is currently fostering give us some pros and cons?

September 30, 2008 | By Tad D. | 20 answers | Expired: 2112 days ago

We are thinking about fostering. Can anyone who is currently fostering give us some pros and cons?

We recently adopted a puppy mill rescue dog and the rescue has asked us to adopt another one if able or to foster. We arent really ready to take on another pet permanently (we have Zoe' and 2 cats), but have considered fostering. I would love to hear from any other foster parents out there with pros and cons about your fostering so we can make a decision soon to help out if we can.

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Janet B.
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Oct 01, 2008

I just welcomed my first foster animal about a month ago. I currently have 2 medium size dogs and a cat of my own. I've been itching to get a third dog so this not only satisfies that but also helps the shelter and the animal. He was one of 30 animals rescued from deplorable conditions and need some socialiation. I absolutely love having Webster in my home. He is a joy to play with and cuddle with. My other animals seem to take to him as well cause they are constantly playing and running around. The cons, well, he is a puppy and has had no training so we struggle with housebreaking. Not often but sometimes my dogs get jealous of him. I would say if you can foster, do it! It's rewarding and helpful.

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Dianebruske
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Oct 01, 2008

Hi there. Kudos to you for considering fostering. What a great thing to do! I have always wanted my own "pack" but hubby will only allow me two dogs of my own. But when a little dog from a puppy mill needed a place to recover, he welcomed her with open arms. She blossomed in our care and became such a joy to everyone who met her! We had three families wanting to adopt her! Our second foster was Cosmo, a Bichon Frise who was so matted he looked like a dirty mop. His mats were probably four inches long! We took him in, got him cleaned up, and he turned into the greatest little guy! He was an owner surrender, and we still cannot imagine why anyone surrendered this lively, smart, trained dog! We found him a new home after a week in our care. I miss him so much I still cry when I think of him. Many dogs being fostered are unknown to the shelter. You never know if you are getting a dog who is trained or not. You will be the first person to get inside this dog's head and figure him out. Be very knowledgeable about your obedience training, and be sure to have resources available to help you with issues you may not foresee, such as housebreaking an older dog, or alternatives to housebreaking, such as litter boxes, or absorbent papers. Be ready to teach your foster dog commands for the first time. Many dogs have never heard the word "no" or "sit", "down", or "quiet". Also know how to stop behaviors once they start. I have read Cesar Milan's books and watched his videos which I find very, very helpful. Be ready to form a good human bond with your foster dog. They really need to learn to trust humans, and you might be the first person they have ever been able to love. And expect to shed copious tears when they leave. They leave their indelible footprint on our hearts and we never really get over losing them. But know that you have not only saved a dog from a sad confinement, but helped a family find a wonderful pet.

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Sarah
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Oct 01, 2008

I fostered kittens with my shelter last summer. The pros:
It feels realy nice to be able to help out.
The cons:
1. you will probably have to give them up. Which can be a very good thing when they go on to a good permament home.
2. You'll need to devote the same amount of time to the foster that you would to a new pet. Even more in some cases, because some fosters are really young, or are recovering from some injury.
If you do decide to foster, maybe find someone else who fosters for that particular rescue. And make sure you know what financial contrabutions will be necessary. Ask the rescue if they provide the supplies, vet care, etc, or if they'll refund the money you spend. Different rescues will do things differently.

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