Fostering pets can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, knowing that just by opening your heart and home to a dog in need you can be saving a life. Rescue shelters and pounds can be a scary and overwhelming place and for some can cause them to shut down emotionally or display destructive behaviours due to stress. This makes them less likely to interact with potential adopters as they tend to isolate themselves. This tends to be the case with deaf dogs so getting them into a safe and caring home foster home is essential. By giving them a chance to live in a safe and caring home environment where they can be themselves and fully display their personality, work to overcome fears, recover from trauma actually helps improve their chances of find a forever home.
Most rescues would like the foster experience to be a postive one for the foster parent and the rescue group (and most importantly for the dog), so it’s crucial that all parties communicate and be clear about their expectations and responsibilities.
Here are some questions to ask the rescue group before signing up to foster a puppy or dog. Most rescue groups will likely have you fill out a foster carer application as well). Don’t be alarmed if the group doesn’t have answers to all the questions you ask. Each group is different and has it's own procedures.
Even the best-prepared foster parent should expect the unexpected. But it’s fostering so worth it. You can never be sure what their life was like before or what scars they carry but nothing beats seeing your foster dog go fearful, frightened dog to a happy, confident one who is ready to go to their forever home.
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