Are you on the fence about fostering to help an animal in need? Fostering is one of the most heartwarming and rewarding experiences that I have encountered in my time while volunteering with rescues. It is another way for me to give back along with the free rescue photo sessions that I provide through my Pet and Family Photography business.
Is it hard work? Yes, it can be challenging. Do they require love and attention? They certainly do and they need structure and help figuring out the family’s routine. Does it always work out perfectly? Don’t make me tell you a story, everything doesn’t always work out perfectly. However, I would rather give it a go and have tried than to have done nothing at all. Is it difficult when they leave and find their forever home? You bet it is! However, I would rather cry watching them leave our home to live a life of joy in a loving forever home than cry because no one came to help them and they died alone, frightened, and sad in a shelter.
In the last 5 years I have had the pleasure of working with a great rescue named Legacy Boxer Rescue. LBR is located in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas. They are a wonderful organization that helps Boxers in need of a temporary home before they find their way on to a forever home. We are on foster #19 with Legacy Boxer Rescue. Our current foster has been with us for five months and may be here a while. I don’t tell you this to scare you, I share this so that you realize that they can be with you a while physically but will be with you in spirit and mentally for the rest of your life.
Our average time with a foster has been approximately two months. The shortest amount of time that we had a foster with us was three weeks and the longest amount of time that we had a foster with us was thirteen months. Sugar is the foster that we had for thirteen months and I miss her every day. I don't regret having Sugar here for one minute. On the upside I get to see her whenever her family goes on vacation. I tease her forever family that I will start entering them into vacation sweepstakes so that I can see her more often.
If you aren’t sure that you want to foster right away then try volunteering with a rescue or a shelter. Then if they have something like a temporary foster program or a foster sitter program try that out. If you like how you feel and want to do more then do more. Something is better than nothing. You might surprise yourself and save a life in the process, it might be your life that is saved because you feel again and make a difference. It will certainly make a difference to the animal you saved.