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7 Reasons Why Fostering a Dog Makes You Superhero
By Janis Gioia
Want to be a Superhero?
Consider fostering a dog. That simply means bringing a homeless dog from a shelter, into your home, and giving him loving care. This might be for a specific period, or until he is adopted. Yes, it’s that easy to become a superhero to an animal in need. By saving the world, one animal at a time you are also
Saving a Life
It goes without saying that shelters are overcrowded. Dogs with disabilities or other special needs are harder to adopt. Rescuing a dog, with or without special needs, saves them from euthanization
Helping Other Homeless Pets
Every dog that is fostered in a home frees a spot in a shelter for another homeless pet. That’s another dog taken off the street, out of an abusive home, or from a puppy mill. Another dog that is given food, water, warmth and love.
Helping in Healing (The dog’s and your own)
You’ve heard the expression or seen the bumper stickers, “My Rescue Rescued Me.” Well, that’s exactly what happens. The love and care you give your foster is given back to you a million times as you watch a dog who was possibly abused, starving or neglected responding to your care. It’s healing for the dog, and also for you.
If you have suffered loss of any kind in your life, loss of a pet, a loved one or a job, seeing that miraculous love between you and your foster unfold is a beautiful thing.
Providing a Safe Haven for An Anxious Dog
Shelters, while often amazing facilities, working hard on shoestring budgets, are not ideal for any dogs, long term, especially a dog that is anxious. By fostering an anxious dog, you remove her from an environment that is scary, causing her emotional distress. You become her shelter from the storm.
Giving the Foster Dog the Gift of Time
Some dogs are not ready to be adopted right out of the shelter. They may be too young, or they may need extra time. All rescues need to be socialized to loving people and other animals. By fostering a dog, you give him the gift of time he needs to be ready to go to his forever home.
Providing Important Feedback to Help in Permanent Adoption
When you foster a dog, you are the expert on what she likes, dislikes and what works and what doesn’t. You know if she is good with other dogs, chases the mail carrier, or is better with older children. You have socialized the dog to a home, to children, other people, other pets and new environments. The information you provide helps the rescue group find the best adoptive home. Your feedback helps the dog, the rescue group and the new adoptive family.
Saying Goodbye Means Saying Hello
It might be the title to a Beatles song, but when you say goodbye to one foster, you then get to say hello to another deserving pet who also needs your love and care.
And then, you get to save the world again, and again. Not bad being a Superhero.
Janis Gioia writes for corporate and nonprofit clients. She is especially passionate about writing to help people and animals with special needs. www.janisgioia.com