Sharing Love & Fostering Dogs
A few years ago I started Fostering dogs for our local animal rescue as a small way of giving back. I found with my job it was often easier to just donate money rather than my tim--and since that realization I have made a conscious effort to do the hands on part of volunteering too. My husband and I recently moved into our current home about 6 months ago and since discussed fostering dogs together. We finally moved and settled in and then decided that it was time to open our home together.
You have taken this vulnerable creature and invested yourself in it's journey, in its future. Then it is time to say goodbye. It is time to send it on to it's new future, the one you have helped prepare it for.
Misha, who came to us with the name Greta, was with us for three weeks. She was our first ever foster puppy together as a couple and we nearly ended up with a 5th little fur baby.
Opening up your home is easy, opening up your heart proves to be much more difficult. Opening up your heart knowing that in a few short weeks you are going to send your foster puppy on to their forever home is often much harder than anticipated. The puppy who came to you skinny and afraid is now a thriving excitable bouncing puppy, the puppy that came to you with no house skills, is slowing learning "manners". You have taken this vulnerable creature and invested yourself in it's journey, in its future. Then it is time to say goodbye. It is time to send it on to it's new future, the one you have helped prepare it for.
While I know fostering is hard. It is such a rewarding experience and I would 100% encourage you to involve yourself with your local animal rescue. If fostering isn't something you have the space for, rescues are always looking for help with fundraising, transporting, events, etc. I have found that the reward of taking the time to help someone or something that is more vulnerable than myself is always time well spent.