Top 7 reasons to foster a shelter pet over the holidays! (and there’s a giveaway too!)

 
Hi. My name is Alison and, in the interest of being completely transparent, let me start be saying, “I am an enabler.” Especially when we are talking about bringing shelter pets home for the holidays! If I do my enabling well, you will rush to the nearest shelter as soon as you finish reading this post to sign up to foster a pet for the holidays. πŸ˜‰ 
 
I’m pretty sure some of you caught that little mention of an “awesome giveaway.” Let me say that in the spirit of the holiday season, it’s time to spread a little holiday cheer, celebrate all that we are thankful for and maybe perform a few extra random acts of kindness such as saying “Thank you” to our readers by getting together with some of our favorite fellow pet bloggers for a falala-fabulous holiday giveaway!
 

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So I may have mentioned that I am an enabler. I am the wrong person to ask if you want someone to talk you out of fostering or adopting a pet. I work in a shelter and often have office fosters (a gateway if there ever was one!) like Lila. 

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Lila’s first day as my office foster.

Give a shelter animal a break from the stress of the shelter.

Shelters do the best they can to keep animals happy and healthy but the shelter is a scary and stressful place no matter how dedicated the staff and volunteers are, or how nice the shelter may be. Giving an animal a place to decompress for a couple of weeks can help them relax and find a little peace away from the noise and the chaos of the shelter environment. Committing to foster a pet over the holidays also has the added benefit of de-stressing your life as you slow things down and focus on your house guest. As you can see, Lila was REALLY struggling to settle in her first night as a foster in our house πŸ˜‰

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Learn more about how a potential new pet will work in your current home dynamic

Perhaps you’re considering adding a pet to your home but you’re unsure how a dog or cat (or ANOTHER dog or cat) might fit into your family routine. Fostering is a fantastic way to get a feel for how a new pet might work. It gives you a chance to see how everyone gets along before committing fully. 

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Helps the shelter learn more about the animal and how they might be in a home which increases their adoptability

Unfortunately, most animals enter shelters without a complete, or even partial history. Shelter staff may know very little about an animal and the shelter environment doesn’t always allow an animal’s true personality to shine through. We often don’t have answers to questions such as, “Does this dog ride well in  a car?”, “Are there signs of separation anxiety?”, “Is the dog house broken or crate trained?” Time in a foster home can provide invaluable information to adoption staff in making good matches.

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Lila rides beautifully in the car!

Help a shelter pet learn new manners and get some training to help it be more adoptable 

Even a couple of weeks in your home learning a routine and basic commands like “sit” or “leave it” can have a huge impact on increasing an animal’s chances of being adopted from the shelter. Providing a soft place for a shy and fearful dog to land for a short time or getting a high energy dog out for a couple of weeks on your morning run can make a difference in how that animal behaves at the shelter.

SNUGGLES

Does this really need any further explanation? Free snuggles. Enough said. πŸ™‚

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It helps you to β€œgive” even when you’re strapped for cash

Most shelters and rescue will provide everything you need to foster a pet including food, medicine, crates, toys, treats, training tools, resources and more. All you need to do is open your home and your heart to an animal in need. I promise you, giving your time and your attention to an animal in need is invaluable!

 

If you’re lucky, it’ll be a love match.

I know a lot of people dislike the term “foster fail” but I’ve always said, “If I’m going to fail at anything, I’ll gloriously fail at fostering” I’ve fostered three times and “failed” twice, which is how both Piper and Lila joined my crazy crew!

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Simon , Lila and Piper (clockwise from bottom)

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Lila’s first day as an official member of the family (November 20, 2017)

 

Now, go ahead and enter the giveaway and then head to your favorite shelter to fill out a foster application! If you do foster for the holidays, please let us know how it goes!

 

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One β€œfinalist” will be randomly selected from each of the 10 participating blogs. All of the finalists’ names will go into a drawing, and 3 winners will be randomly selected to receive the prizes listed above. The winners will be announced on Sarcastic Dog Facebook page next Friday, December 1st. Be sure you’re following us over there there so you don’t miss out! Good luck!
 
No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents age 18 and older, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from November 24-30, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Three (3) winners will be randomly selected and notified via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Twitter and Pinterest do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Participants must read and agree to Gleam’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion. By entering this contest, participants grant permission for their email address to be added to Sarcastic Dog newsletter list.
 
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By |2017-11-26T20:39:04+00:00November 24th, 2017|Adopt Don't Shop, Dogs, Fostering, Giveaway, Rescue|166 Comments

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Alison Reder

166 Comments

  1. Lisa Brown November 24, 2017 at 5:04 am - Reply

    I do not have any questions about fostering a pet.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 24, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Would you consider fostering?

      • Lisa Brown November 27, 2017 at 2:15 am - Reply

        Oh, sure, that would be wonderful πŸ™‚

        • Alison Reder
          Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm - Reply

          Great! If you do foster, let us know how it goes πŸ™‚

  2. mami2jcn November 24, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I fostered a cat briefly. I would consider it again in the future.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 24, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Thank you for fostering!

  3. Melody November 24, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    How do you not get attached? I have not fostered but if did Iould most likely end of adopting. I would find it difficult to detach. It’s so sad how many pets are without a permanent home.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 24, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      I have a good friend who has fostered more than 400 animals over the past several years and she has only adopted three. I think the key to really not getting too attached is to remember that when you let the animal get adopted by someone else, you are opening up another spot in your home for an animal in need and that opens up another spot at the shelter. πŸ™‚ (Of course, I have adopted two out of three of my fosters so I may not be the best one to ask πŸ˜‰

  4. Cheryl Chervitz November 24, 2017 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I have fostered many dogs. Most of them Boston Terriers from Mid America Boston Terrier Rescue. I have babysat a few going to their furever home!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 24, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Fostering truly saves lives! Thank you for fostering so many pups! πŸ™‚

  5. Will G November 24, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I’ve never considered it before thus I don’t have any questions at this time.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 24, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Would you consider it now having read the benefits?

  6. Molly November 24, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I have never fostered a dog before. I’d be afraid that I found love with that I need to be a foster fail. I would also be concerned that my two dogs will be jealous.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      It’s definitely hard not to fall in love with your fosters but if you can focus on the incredible benefits fostering offers and the idea that you are preparing a dog for it’s new home, that can help a lot. If your dogs tend to be jealous, take things really slow, crate an rotate and remember that if a dog is just there for a short time, your dogs do not necessarily need to be best buddies.

  7. Amber Young November 24, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I fostered a cat for 30 minutes before deciding to keep him. He’s now named Loki, and he’s an adorable fluffball of love!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      That might be a foster fail record! πŸ˜‰ I love it! πŸ™‚

  8. Elena November 24, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I have not fostered, but I have adopted two cats and two dogs. I would consider fostering

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Wow! Four rescue pets! That’s awesome. Sounds like you’d be a fabulous foster πŸ™‚

  9. sherry butcher November 24, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I have fostered and will look into it again.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      I know a shelter near you would be grateful!

  10. Blueberry’s human November 24, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I have fostered around the holidays before. It was a lot of work but he ended up being adopted pretty quickly which was nice! How can I be sure the rescue or shelter I work with won’t lay on a guilt trip when I no longer can foster?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      That’s a fantastic question! I would say, do some research first in to the organization you want to work with and be very clear about your timeline for fostering. If a shelter or rescue group pulls the guilt card, it’s probably best to move on to another organization. I know at our shelter, we are so grateful of our foster families. We want long term relationships and that starts with respecting the needs and limitations of our fosters without judgement or guilt.

  11. Jennifer A November 24, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I’d like to know how NOT to get attached and want to keep the foster animal. That is the #1 reason why I can’t even think of it, because I’d never be able to let them go!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      So…having foster failed two out of three times, I may not be the best person to advise you on not getting attached πŸ˜‰ I will say this, while it can be really hard not to let them go, if you can focus on the fact that when you let a foster move on to be adopted, you have opened up a space for another animal in need.

  12. Rachel Monn November 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I have never fostered and I would love to but I don’t think my dog would like that.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      It really does depend on the dog. When I brought my first foster puppy home, I told the rescue that they might have to come get the puppy later that day because I really didn’t know how one of my dogs was going to react. We took it really slow and it actually turned out to be the best thing for Simon. Turns out he is a fantastic “Uncle” type of a dog πŸ™‚

  13. Kelly D November 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Yes, I would love to foster when my kids are a little older. The hardest part would be giving the pet to the new owner.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      It is the hardest part but it’s also the most beautiful part. Knowing that you have helped prepare an animal for life in a home is pretty special. Plus, often times the new adopters will keep you posted with pictures and updates πŸ™‚

  14. Allison Swain November 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    I have never thought about fostering a pet. I think I would get too attached. Have you ever had that happen with a fostered pet?

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Yep! Piper and Lila are both foster fails πŸ˜‰ They both became permanent members of my family. That being said, it is incredibly rewarding when an animal you have fostered goes on to a wonderful home. Good luck in the giveaway!

  15. Anna Pry November 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    i haven’t fostered but we adopt from shelters and my mom does fostering

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you for adopting! And thank your mom for fostering. πŸ™‚

  16. Colleen Boudreau November 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I would love to but unfortunately I live with my parents and I’ve asked them about it before but they wouldn’t agree to it.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      When you’re ready, there will be a perfect foster waiting for you πŸ™‚

  17. Susan P. November 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I have not fostered before, only adopted or rescued.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you for supporting pet adoption πŸ™‚

  18. DJ November 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I haven’t ever fostered before. I would love to help more and fostering would be a great way.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Please let us know if you do foster and how it goes for you. Shelters and rescues are always in need of committed foste families.

  19. Nancy Loring November 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I have never fostered but I have two big dogs so I am not sure how they wold react to another dog in the house. They are friendly to other dogs.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Depending on the shelter you work with, they will typically have staff or volunteers who can help you assess how your dogs will do by facilitating dog-to-dog introductions. Sometimes even the friendliest of dogs can be a little territorial in their own home so you really want to take intros slowly, plan on crating and rotating and reach out for assistance as needed.

  20. Rachel November 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I have never fostered before but my father-in-law did for many years. I’ve thought about it but think I’ll wait until my kids are a little older.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Thank your father-in-law! I’m sure his efforts were greatly appreciated by the shelter he worked with and by the animals whose lives he touched.

  21. carol clark November 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    yes and it was easy yet hard and sad and i would again

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      That sums it up perfectly – it’s easy and hard at the same time. It’s happy and sad and most fosters would absolutely do it again. πŸ™‚

  22. Kinley Westie November 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    We’ve never fostered, but my momma did take in an “apartment cat.” She doesn’t know how she wouldn’t get too attached if she fostered.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      I think the reality is that unless the animal you are fostering is just not a good fit with your household or personality, you always get at least a little attached to each foster but if you can recognize the good that you do with for the animals you foster, it can be a little easier to let them go one to their adoptive homes.

  23. Reinhard S. November 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I fostered once and ended up adopting both cats, I don’t think I could do it again and not get attached.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      It is really hard. Like I said in the post, I have fostered three times and two of those fosters became permanent family members. I will say that getting pictures from the family that adopted my first foster makes it all worth it.

  24. Pamela November 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    One of the only things I miss now that I live on a boat is fostering. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

    My husband always wanted to adopt our fosters but I didn’t. We fostered such wonderful puppies and dogs that I used to get excited thinking about how these wonderful dogs would go out into the world as fabulous ambassadors for shelter pups.

    I guess if I had a question it would be to look for a suggestion for ways I can help shelters from the boat (cash is pretty dear, however).

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      It sounds like you are an amazing foster that any shelter would love to work with. I don’t know if you have internet access on the boat, but perhaps you could help with social media shout outs, shares and retweets for a shelter or rescue that you like. Helping them to spread the word about their organization would be extremely helpful. You could also consider organizing a virtual fundraiser on GoFund Me or on of the other crowd funding platforms.

  25. Steve Weber November 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I fostered my dog, I would do it again in a heart beat!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Yay! Fostering truly does save lives! πŸ™‚

  26. greentopiaries November 25, 2017 at 2:47 am - Reply

    I haven’t fostered yet, but I would definitely consider it. THanks for the chance! πŸ™‚

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Please let us know if you do end up fostering for an organization. We’d love to hear how it goes for you!

  27. Bryan Vice November 25, 2017 at 6:24 am - Reply

    We fostered a cat Jingles about 4 months ago we truly love and adore her. Shes brought so much joy to our kids and family i would Recommend fostering any day

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      So glad to hear that you and your family had such a wonderful fostering experience. It sounds like Jingles hit the jackpot!

  28. Jackie November 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I fostered several dogs in grad school, but I really like just having 1 dog. I ended up getting sent a lot of fosters that no one else could handle, so we both got a lot of experience working with different personalities, but it was exhausting sometimes. Galen is enough of project on his own now that I’m working full time I spend almost all my time outside of work with him (he’s pretty darn close to perfect now with all that time spent).

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      So glad to hear that all your hard work with Galen has paid off. I too have a “project dog” – well, three actually πŸ˜‰ It is a great deal of work but totally worth it!

  29. Heather D November 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    I have fostered when I was younger before I married. I would still do it if I had the space.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      If and when you are ready to foster again, there are plenty of wonderful animals out there who could use a shelter break πŸ™‚

  30. Becky Wells November 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    We have not fostered but we do adopt sick and older pups. Our Yorkie was 10 when we adopted her and our pom had congestive heart failure when we adopted him. They both died last year so we adopted a 2 year old Papillon/Dachshund who had been dumped and then returned twice. We wanted a 5-8 year old but sometimes that can’t happen! We brought her home last year to our now 15 year old Schnauzer mix (we adopted when he was 7) and she taught him to play!! She was definitely what he needed. My husband says no fostering because we’ll keep them all. lol

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      You are making me cry! Anyone who adopts senior and hospice pups is a hero in my book. Thank you for all that you do for animals in need!

  31. Michele Cupp November 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I have never had more than one dog at once. Is there a quick way to tell if they are going to get along when bringing a new dog home? My dog is a rescue that’s timid around people, but generally friendly with other dogs.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      You could ask the shelter or rescue group you want to work with to set up a meet-n-greet with your dog and some of the shelter dogs to see how the interaction goes. Whenever I bring a new dog into the house, we crate and rotate for a few weeks, pick up all the toys, as even the friendliest of dogs can get territorial in their own home and with their own toys. Take it slow and ask the rescue or shelter for support.

  32. Linda Szymoniak November 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve actually fostered several of the dogs from my own rescue, when I had it. I tend to have so many of my own furbabies it can be hard to foster. The last three dogs I adopted came directly from high-kill shelters where they would have been killed if I didn’t adopt them. They had no training and little socialization so they took a lot of my time. I love them all! I also volunteer to drive rescue transports, too.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Rescue transport volunteers are amazing!! Thank you for doing what you do for the animals. There are so many dogs in need of socialization and training. Thank you for your commitment to your three! πŸ™‚

  33. Caitlyn Brown November 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    So my question would be – do you set the terms of dates for fostering or is it until the dog gets adopted? I’d love to foster but get surgeries and medical treatments intermittently throughout the year so I’ve always assumed it’s not a possibility.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      It is totally up to you. Some fosters sign up for long-term fostering. Others are emergency fosters only and commit to a few days at a time, at most, while a longer term foster can be arranged) and others will sign up for a few weeks at a time. Most shelters and rescues will (should) work around your schedule, especially if you have health related activities. Hoping you’re healthy and well.

  34. tammy ta November 26, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I have never fostered but I might in the future

  35. Daniel Scott November 26, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    We cannot foster because there is a two dog rule in our subdivision and it is enforced.

  36. leslie z. November 26, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    i would consider fostering a pet, if i had the space

  37. Oleg November 26, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Toys and treats

  38. Susan Christy November 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I would love to foster and plan to when my own dogs pass. My chihuahua is terrible (despite 4 obedience classes and a dog trainer that came to my home numerous times) and would never accept another dog into the family, temporary or not.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      It’s definitely good to know your own dog’s limitations and needs when it comes to bringing a new animal into the home, even on a temporary basis. Piper is still adjusting to Lila’s presence in the house.

  39. Kyle November 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    We have never fostered. Unfortunately with on-base housing it can be a nightmare even owning a dog. Maybe when we get out of the military we can foster pups.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      I’ve heard that it can be tough to have dogs on some military bases. If you still want to do something to help over the holidays, many shelters are short staffed this time of year and most would love to train up some new volunteers to walk dogs or socialize with the cats. πŸ™‚

  40. Terri A. Abbett November 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I fostered once and foster failed. It was a great experience and led me to adopt other dogs that needed rescue. Now we have all the dogs we can reasonably handle.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      I’m at three, which is most definitely my limit – at least until I have acreage and a staff πŸ˜‰

  41. Tori Mistick November 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I have considered fostering before, but my living situation isn’t ideal for it right now. Maybe one day when I’m a stay at home dog mom living on a big property I can foster all the dogs! I’ll have questions for you then : )

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      I always say that as soon as I have acreage and a staff of my own, I will foster ALL THE DOGS! πŸ˜‰

  42. Brandi Dawn November 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I have never fostered before. Before I got my own doggers, I considered fostered older dogs. Unfortunately I am not in a position to do so now. I moved into a tiny apartment after my kiddo left for college!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      When my daughter left for college, I got my first foster and, shocker, I foster failed on the second attempt πŸ˜‰

  43. Mary W November 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I have fostered dogs in the past. Currently we have 6 pets in the house. We drifted towards adopting senior dogs rather than fostering. It’s hard to let them go once you make a bond.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Six?!? That’s awesome! I’ve got all I can handle with three πŸ˜‰ I have such admiration for folks who foster and/or adopt senior pets. We have several senior dogs and a couple of senior cats at the shelter right now and I really hope they each find a home for the holidays.

  44. Ellen Thompson November 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I would probably not be able to foster any animals at this time because my 102 year old grandmother lives with us and our dog does not like other animals.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 26, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Whenever you are ready, there will be animals ready to foster. In the meantime, wish you grandmother happy holidays from us! πŸ™‚

  45. Misty November 27, 2017 at 12:19 am - Reply

    I could never foster, because each and every one would have to stay after an hour.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 12:22 am - Reply

      Ha! I totally get that! Five minutes is generally the cut off point for me πŸ˜‰

  46. Rick November 27, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Yes, but not during the holidays. I travel then.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Hope you are getting to travel someplace fun!

  47. Nancy November 27, 2017 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Yes, I’ve fostered and will again. But the holidays are too stressful to give the foster a fair shake. Way too many people in and out of my house and business to be fair to a new furry friend. At least to a new furry foster.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you for fostering! I totally understand that the holidays can be too stressful for some. Whenever it works for you and your family is awesome!

  48. Christine Holliday November 27, 2017 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Although I’ve never fostered a dog from a shelter, I guess you could say I’ve been fostering dogs my whole life…As a kid we were always bringing home unwanted pets, scooping up puppies from friends. I still do…One of my current dogs was left behind by a friend that passed away.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      That totally counts! Thank you for being a safe place for animals in need to land πŸ™‚

  49. Rochelle BaRoss November 27, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I would LOVE to foster!! Just convinced the BF to start soon πŸ™‚

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Woo hoo!! I hope Henry is on board πŸ™‚

  50. Elle November 27, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I fostered many years ago when I had graduated college before getting pets of my own (I grew up w/ dogs). It was a great experience. I now have a dog and cat, both rescues – and would prob. not foster again just because I wouldn’t want to put my current animals at risk or disrupt the flow we have in my home that could cause some unfavorable behavioral issues with them that don’t exist now.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      I completely understand about not wanting to disrupt the flow. It can definitely be challenging to introduce a temporary animal into the mix. You have to do what works best for you and your crew.

  51. Tasha F. November 27, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I don’t think fostering an animal would be possible at this time. I’d love to but feel that I wouldn’t have enough time to spend with it. We have 6 kids and a German Shepard, so the house is quite hectic as it is.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      You definitely have your hands full! πŸ˜‰

  52. Jessica Shipman | Beagles & Bargains November 27, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I love this post! We fostered Ralph right after the holidays (and failed at letting him go anywhere else ha!). I would definitely foster again, but right now we are limited to two dogs, so I make my contributions in other ways. Hopefully we’ll move somewhere that allows us to have more than two pets sometime soon!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Yay for foster failing!! πŸ™‚

  53. Lisa F. November 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    am currently fostering a German Shepherd…and in danger of being permanent. πŸ˜‰

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Yay! Would you like me to enable you or discourage you? πŸ˜‰

  54. Candice November 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I have never fostered but would love to. I think it would be great for my 2 dogs to be more social, and love the idea of helping a dog before they find their forever home.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      That’s wonderful! If you decide to foster, please let us know how it goes for you and your two pups!

  55. Motionless Trees November 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I haven’t fostered since it would be too hard to give them up after our short time together.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      It can be hard but it really does make a difference for so many animals and, as I said in my post, there’s nothing wrong with foster failing. Okay, not every time but once in a while πŸ˜‰

  56. Tamara Terni November 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I have thought about fostering many times. Not just for the Holidays, but all the time. I am just afraid I would get to attached and wanna keep them all.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      I totally understand that worry. The good news is that generally there are city or town ordinances stating how many animals you can actually have so that’s always kept me in line πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though, I do understand the concern and it can definitely be hard to let a foster go on to an adoptive home but knowing you are saving lives makes it totally worth it! πŸ™‚

  57. Sandy Weinstein November 27, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    no i have never fostered, i have thought about it, but i had 3 dogs, now 2. i would get too attached and would not want to give the dog back. i have kept friend’s dogs for a month or so when they were out of town. however, they did not get along with my girls, they were not very well behaved.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      I think everyone fears getting too attached. Of course, you always want to make sure that the resident dogs are okay with having other animal guests πŸ™‚

  58. Debi @ RescueDogs101 November 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    We started fostering dogs 3 years ago. Our first foster dog was a 10 year old black lab. She was with us for almost 5 months! We’ve fostered many dogs since and it’s always a wonderful experience. I always say, each dog has taught us something new and has made us better dog owners.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you for all that you do for dog! I completely agree that every dog that comes into our lives has lessons to teach us.

  59. Ruth Epstein November 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of fostering but cannot unfortunately as my building does not allow more than one dog plus πŸ™ it is a 500 dollar deposit but praying one day when I move somewhere I will be able to do it

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Yikes! That is a hefty pet deposit! I know how much you do for dogs! πŸ™‚ We all do what we can.

  60. Ray Koo November 28, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

    How do you do the quarantine? What if you take in a sick pet? Do you have space to separate them?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      That’s a great question. I know at our shelter we do have several specialized fosters who are set up to take in sick animals. For example, we have one amazing foster who is trained to take in puppies who have broken out with parvovirus. She cares for them until they are parvo-free and can return to the shelter. We have several hospice fosters who are able to take in seriously ill or injured animals as well. Many fosters do have separate rooms where they can take in temporary quarantine cases but at our shelter we do also have a parvo room and several isolation rooms for treating things like ringworm

  61. alicia gordon November 28, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    i have never fostered a pet before but i would definitely love to! The only reason that i have not done it yet is because i adopted a rescue dog about 4 years ago and he doesn’t do well with other animals. I think when he ends up passing in the future i definitely would love to do it!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      When the time is right, there will be a fabulous foster waiting for you πŸ™‚

  62. Beth Patterson November 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I haven’t fostered a dog yet, but I’d like to one day. Do shelters cover the cost of prescriptions/medical procedures a foster might need?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Typically the rescue or shelter will cover all expenses such as food, vet care and medications in addition to providing toys, crates, bedding, walking tools etc.

  63. melanie huttner November 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I haven’t fostered but two years ago we adopted a dog and now are thinking about fostering one!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Yay! Foster away! Thanks for adopting! πŸ™‚

  64. Christine Aiello November 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I have never fostered but would definitely consider it. I know I would be a foster failure for sure too!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      You would be in great company! πŸ˜‰ #fosterfailuresunite!

  65. Jeanette Jackson November 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    We have never fostered. I know I would get attached to any foster animal.

  66. Kayley November 29, 2017 at 1:54 am - Reply

    I have not fostered, but I am interested in fostering cats/kittens in the future. Right now, I’m waiting to move apartments early next year to see how much space I will have and whether I will be able to accommodate some new temporary companions as they grow and get ready for their furrever homes.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Please let us know if you do foster and how it goes for you! Good luck with your upcoming move!

  67. sandra November 29, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    we have forstered in the past

  68. sarah k November 29, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I’m a renter and currently at the limit with three dogs to add any more, but I love the idea of fostering and would be willing to try it if I could.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      When circumstances allow, fostering is a wonderful experience. Have fun with your crew!

  69. lindsay November 29, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

    are you able to get on a list to only foster hypoallergenic dogs?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      I’ve never heard of that but I don’t see why not. I’m not sure how many hypo-allergenic dogs end up in shelters in need of foster but most shelters are willing to work with whatever limitations a foster might have.

  70. Calvin F. November 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Haven’t fostered before, I did adopt a cat, he is happy everyday in my house now lol

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you for adopting! It really does save lives πŸ™‚

  71. Tina Jensen November 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Never fostered but have adopted several from shelters.

  72. Michelle S November 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Congrats on adopting Lila!! She’s gorgeous! πŸ™‚

    I fostered for several years (cats, not dogs) and once had 33 bottle babies at one time, along with kittens that were getting ready to go up for adoption. It’s something that I might do again, but not anytime soon. My own dog has a multitude of serious health problems and my life literally revolves around her right now.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you! She is a total sweetheart! She came in as a stray and has no manners but she is super gentle and a total snuggler. We’ll take a basic obedience class once she’s a little more settled in here at the house and with Simon and Piper.

      33 bottle babies at one time!?!? That is AWESOME!! We need more fosters like you! For now, take care of your pup. I hope her health issues resolve soon!

  73. KaylaKayla November 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I have never even thought of fostering before! I think it would be lovely to do at some point. I rescued a stray and have a new puppy now, too. So it would have to wait a bit before fostering!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Whenever you are ready, there will be a fabulous foster waiting for some love πŸ™‚

  74. Cathy Armato November 29, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I am happy to “fail” at fostering too, LOL! Phoebe is kind of a foster failure, but truth be told I intended to adopt her right from the start – shhhh! don’t tell the hubby! If I had my way I’d foster all the time but my husband doesn’t have the desire to have more than 2 dogs in the house too often. Lila is so utterly adorable!! Congratulations to you both, what a beautiful love match. This is such a great giveaway, thanks!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 29, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Your secret is safe with me πŸ˜‰ Lila is a sweetheart! Simon likes her a lot but Piper is still on the fence a bit. She likes playing with her in the yard but gives Lila this “You’re still here?” kind of look when we come back in the house πŸ˜‰ We’re taking it nice and slow.

  75. Mary Gardner November 30, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    I have fostered a couple of dogs and several cats. It wasn’t a decision that I made, they all at different times over the years just began to hang around my home and of course I am going to care for them while looking for their owners and then for new owners if needed. I guess I seem to be some kind of magnet for wayward animals. Each time it was hard to give them up, but it makes it much easier if you are very careful with whom you allow pets to be adopted. When you know they are in a caring and loving home it is all worth it.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      I love hearing stories like this! I totally believe that animals often choose us for their temporary or permanent homes.

  76. amanda whitley November 30, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    i have never fostered and wouldnt right now since i have young kids who would get attached but would love to when they grow up

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      I totally understand. Depending on how old your kids are, it can be pretty tough to avoid having them fall in love with the pet you foster.

  77. starla November 30, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    This is awesome and I am loving the photos, of course. Yes! Of course I have fostered, the last girl I fostered was an older solid gray girl named Luna, I didn’t have her long due to her being sick. :'(

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      So glad that you like the photos! She is kind of cute, isn’t she? πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for fostering a senior dog! We need more fosters willing to take on seniors and other hard cases.

  78. Maggie November 30, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

    We fostered 1 little pup before. His name was Teddy, I had him for 2 weeks and I got too attached to Teddy when he had to go to his new home πŸ™ But I am sure he is well taken care of in his new home. One thing I would like to know is how can I not become too attached to the dog that I’m fostering? Fostering Teddy was my first and last time. I was very sadden when he left, but was very happy for him to join his new family.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      I wish I had a good way to avoid becoming attached. When I dropped my first foster off at her adoptive home, I cried for hours even though I knew it was the most amazing match for her. I would say that one way to reduce the attachment would be to not let the foster sleep on the bed but since I’m terrible at that, I may not be the best one to ask ;-). Mostly, I just try to remember that I am making room to save another dog when I send a foster on to a forever home.

  79. Kim November 30, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    I fostered dogs/puppies for over a year! Once I had my first foster fail, which made our house a 3 big dog home, hubby was done for awhile! I’d love to continue as soon as I can soften him up a bit! Lol

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      I totally understand! I became a three dog home by foster failing too! πŸ™‚

  80. Katrina Angele November 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    How long does one usually foster for?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Most shelters and rescues will accommodate your schedule. I’ve seen foster gigs anywhere from a weekend emergency foster to up to a year or more for a hospice case.

  81. Barrie November 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    IF the dog needs medical attention, is the cost fully on your shoulders?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      It shouldn’t be. Typically the shelter or rescue covers all expenses – food, medical, toys, emergencies etc.

  82. Francine Anchondo November 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    No I havent and I wouldnt be able too this year but maybe some day.

  83. Sam November 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Yes I have fostered a puppy chihuahua and I would again in a heartbeat. As long as they get along with others in the family I am for it.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks for fostering! It does make things easier when everyone gets along πŸ˜‰

  84. Tammy Woodall November 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I haven’t fostered a dog before. However, I have a friend who fosters all the time. She usually has 2 to 3 dogs all the time. They love her dearly. She is a huge doggie fan is a great caregiver.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      That’s fabulous! 2-3 fosters at a time is a huge commitment!

  85. Lindsay A. November 30, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Fostering definitely seems to be so much better for animals whenever possible! What would you recommend in terms of evaluating one’s own animals for temperament suitability & ability to adjust well to fosters?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      For me, I enlisted the help of the behavior team at the shelter to do the meet and greet with my dogs. We also crate and rotate while the foster is visiting and keep in mind that if you are fostering, you can keep the foster separated during its stay.

  86. Shelley Joy P November 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your new family member πŸ™‚ Lila is a sweetheart! I’ve fostered several times and each time made them a part of our family. I usually foster the really old and sick so it’s hard to let them go. I love fostering and caring for animals in need and I will continue to do it for as long as I am able πŸ™‚ Great post!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder December 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you!! Lila is a character and you will be definitely be hearing more about her on the blog this coming year. So glad you liked the post! Thank you for fostering the senior hospice dogs. We need more fosters like you! πŸ™‚

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