what you can expect and what you should know
what you can expect & what you should know
When you foster a dog, he/she will enter your home having hit the absolute lowest point in their life. Often, they were just minutes away from being put to death, having spent days/weeks/months in a shelter or having lived in but probably mostly outside a home that no longer loved them or cared for them. When they arrive, they are scared and confused.
When you foster, you agree to take a Heidi's Legacy dog into your home and give him/her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the dog is placed in their forever home.
Why dogs need foster care, some of the most common reasons include:
We don't have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, other than adopting, of course.
Giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for his new adventure with his veteran.
Helping us learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
Socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him/her used to being around other pets and different types of people.
Through it all, there are few experiences more delightful and rewarding than to see one of these dogs light up as they realize that they get fed good food, in a bowl, every single day. The joy they express when they get to sleep INSIDE, or curl next to you in the family room, or follow you from room to room shows in their eyes and on their faces. You will be amazed as you watch the transformation as your foster dog begins to feel healthier, secure and safe. They are anxious to please and work hard to learn the rules of living in the house.
And they love you. Are you ready to jump in and foster?
Still on the fence about fostering?
Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and learn more about fostering an animal in need.
Each year, over 3-4 million animals are euthanized in the United States at shelters across the country. Animal rescues groups have become strong advocates for these animals. Their volunteers work tirelessly to save as many animals as they can. Through education, spay/neuter programs, and advocacy they try to curb the overpopulation of pets that inevitably leaves so many without homes.
Most rescues are volunteer-based rescues who take animals in and place them in foster homes until they are adopted by a forever family. Because most rescues are small, non-profit organizations, they rely on the public to participate in their mission of saving animals by donating and more importantly, providing short term, in-home care for animals until they can be adopted.
Please keep in mind that if you choose to apply to foster, you are never obligated. You are completely in control of when, who, and how frequently you take an animal into your home. It is best to work closely with the rescue to discuss your specific lifestyle and home situation to find an animal that will be a fit for your home until that animal is adopted.
Thank you for your interest in fostering, and I hope you will find information that answers your questions and that ultimately you are encouraged to open your heart and home to an animal in need. Every foster home with their doors open is a life saved. Please share the information you learn and tell others about how they can help.
If you cannot foster, please consider volunteering. We need help with everything from transport, computer work, events, arts and crafts, garage sales, fundraisers, networking, etc. Please help out however you can!