Fostering Dogs

@Java09 (3080)
United States
February 8, 2010 6:53pm CST
I'm going to be fostering dogs.They're in kill shelters and I'm gonna foster them and get homes for them.I found a lady that adopts them out of the kill shelter and she needs foster homes for them.So I volunteered,the first dog I'm waiting to foster is a chocolate lab.I can't imaging how someone could put their dog in a shelter like that,especially one that kills them.This shelter kills the dogs in three days after it arriving there. I feel so sorry for the dogs in that shelter.I want to find other people who will foster some of these dogs so we can save more of them from being euthanized.I feel upset because I saw one advertised that it was gonna be put to sleep today,by the time I called about the dog it was too late.I'll never donate to a shelter like that,I'm not gonna donate to help kill animals that make good pets.Does anyone here foster dogs or have you?
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@freymind (1352)
• Philippines
9 Feb 10
before my mom took a dog in because the owner doesn't want her any more. sad part about this is people who buys pets and then after the long run will find themselves not really capable of taking care of these poor souls. people should think twice on getting animals as pets. they should realize that these creatures are not things but living ones. and they are very vulnerable and need our help to take care of them. i think practicality wise, people will go to these shelters so that to leave there burden behind. well the burden is the animal. the kill shelter i guess only lessen the burden these creatures is suffering since they are discarded like that. its a great thing that you are doing. taking care of these animals. unfortunately there will be a few of them who will really be killed in those shelters since there will be people who are going to to do that.
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@Java09 (3080)
• United States
9 Feb 10
There was one dog I really wanted to save but found out too late,and she was euthanized.Hopefully there will be some that I'm not too late for.
• Indonesia
9 Feb 10
Many people now treat their pet just like a toy,, their just don' realize that this animal is a living ones, and the most sad thing for me that there still people in my country that eat dog's
@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I haven't fostered dogs but I have adopted them. My dogs have always been rescues. One of my two dogs, Cookie, is a dear sweet little rat terrier that had 10 owners before I adopted her. I can't think why in the world they would not want her, she's such a wonderful dog! She started her life being thrown over someone's back fence as a puppy--how awful! It never ceases to amaze me that dogs nearly always retain their ability to love and forgive.
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@Java09 (3080)
• United States
9 Feb 10
At least you adopted.I decided not to adopt but to foster,that way I can keep helping another dog,I can only do one at a time.I'm gonna find homes with a rehoming fee,to help with a good home.I don't want just anyone to tale the dog.Then when it has a home,I'll foster another dog.I'll probably get attached to every one of them.
• United States
9 Feb 10
It is so sad what peopl will do to animals. I have a Jack Russell which I adopted and she is a really great do. People think they have to much energy but she is so sweet. She just lays in the house and is great with my kids. She will play ball and run too but she is a wonderful dog! I had a dog show up at my house and I can't beleive the people would just dump her. She is the sweetest dog ever. I think I ma so lucky that they dumpted her near my house because now I have a great dog and she also came with a puppy. Now that makes 8 for me. I have a bleeding heart for animals but I am lucky I have the space to be a ble to give them a good home.
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• United States
9 Feb 10
That is such a nice thing to do. I wish I could do that but I would end up keeping them all. I have 8 dogs myself and they are all rescues. I find them everywhere and take them home and can not get rid of them. The latest one I saw walking up and down my street holing her foot up. I told myself the next time I saw her I'd give her some food. She came by the hose and I ran and got some food. She was so skiny and I could tell she had puppies somewhere. So I gave her some food and everyday she would come. I would bring the bowl out and she would run twords me and jump in the air. I made her stay away because I did not want to get bit. When my husband came home I asked him to pet her and see if he could find the puppies. We followed her but never found them. Two weeks later my 4 year old said "mommy there is a puppy with that dog" and sure enough there was. Only one puppy. So I tried to find him a good home and the girls had him for a month and brought him back. He was so happy to be back I just could not bare to get rid of him again so he stayed. Now there are 8 and I love all of them. It makes me so sad thdon animlas. They have no voice and can no get help when they need it. It is up to us to take care of them. Good job what you are doing!
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@Java09 (3080)
• United States
9 Feb 10
Wow,I'm glad you helped her.I never found a stray dog but have seen many strays cats before.There are alot of stray cats in my town.It is sad to see any animal that is abuse,it is so good that you helped that dog you found.I know I am doing the right thing.I have one dog and I'm saving the other stop in the family for fostering.Sounds like a cute puppy!
• United States
9 Feb 10
That's wonderful what you're doing. I did a limited amount of fostering dogs a very long time ago. I enjoyed doing it but fostered a couple of dogs that were very difficult and took a lot of training before they could be adopted out. However, most were delights to have around. I'd love to foster dogs now but I live in an apartment. I think that getting more people to foster dogs is a wonderful idea and would have a much larger impact on addressing the kill shelter problem. I would try to get to know as many dog lovers as I could. Are there any organizations for pet owners in your area? Are there dog parks? You could take your foster dog there and be open and friendly to talk to other dog owners. When you tell them that you're fostering a dog you could say that more foster homes are needed and ask if it's something they've ever thought of doing. If so, say you'll call them to tell them more about what's involved and get their phone number. (I've learned that people are more likely to take action if they're asked directly rather than through any other kind of informative activity.) I wonder if you could put up a card on the bulletin board at pet shops in your area asking if they'd like more information on fostering. My friend used to give away samples of dog food at pet stores on the weekends and those people are big dog lovers. It wouldn't be hard to strike up a conversation with them. If the shelter is city or county run you could do some politicking to change it to a no-kill shelter. I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when the mayor changed the city shelter to a no-kill one. I'd like to hear how your fostering goes so hoping you'll write about it here.