Many people love the thought of getting a dog, but the reality of it can be quite scary. We actually admire the people who are more reluctant to get a dog as opposed to the ones who get one spur of the moment and then regret the work, time and patience that goes into it.
We recommend fostering to ANYONE who is thinking of someday making a dog a part of their family or just wanting to see what having a dog is all about. Maybe the kids are begging for a dog, but you know they don't realize all of the work that goes into it. Contact a local foster, and commit to fostering for a couple of weeks. Your kids may just surprise and make you realize they are ready for a new pet. Think of fostering as "extended dog sitting" while helping save their life!
One of the most important steps in finding a dog a forever home, is the foster process. Many shelters and rescues are over flowing with dogs. At times, they are not allowed to take on more, until the ones they have find a home. This is where foster families become extremely helpful. Being a foster means that you will take in a dog until that dog finds their forever home. For some this can be just a couple of days, while others may take a couple of years. Rescues all have different policies on fostering. Some rescues allow you to choose the amount of time you want to care for the dog. Some rescues are even able to pay you and provide everything you need while caring for their dog.
You may think this is only to benefit the dog, but after to speaking to foster families, many have told us how fostering changed their life as well!
GET EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFERENT BREEDS
Dogs in need come in all shapes, sizes and breeds. As a foster, you are able to learn so much about these dogs while they are in your care. Thus, making it easier for you to choose the type of dog that you someday may want to make a part of your family. Families sometimes find that "perfect" foster dog and decide they are not able to give it up.... becoming what is known in the rescue community as a "foster fail."
INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO NEW PETS IN THE HOME
Teaching your children how to properly interact with dogs is crucial. While fostering, it is important not only for you and the dog, but the child to learn the do's and dont's. This is also a great way for kids to learn the responsibilities of having a dog around. They can be a part of feeding, bathing, walking an more (always supervised of course!) Fostering a dog is a great way to learn about dogs while not have the obligation to keep them forever.
The hardest part of fostering is having to say Good Bye, trust us, it does get easier. Also, knowing that you saved countless dogs from being killed is a reward in itself. We can not express enough how important fosters are. 90% of the rescues we have spoken to say they think they are lacking the most, is fosters. So the next time you think that owning a dog might be cool for you and your family. Try out fostering. It could change more than just a dog's life.
While you're at it.. Give Good Sit a try!
Good Sit is the world's first online instruction manual for dogs and their new families. Good Sit is helping to decrease the number of dogs killed in shelters everyday by providing post-adoption support to new adopted dogs and their families. Good Sit offers fun, interactive online training lessons, crisis management support and more! Good Sit is now live on Indiegogo!
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