A vital part of the rescue process is fostering. It can be a lifeline – a helping hand for a dog that just needs a chance to find its forever home.
Foster parents play an essential role by providing an initial safe and secure environment for a rescued dog. Going from a shelter or a former owner to a forever-home is a big transition, and during the transition phase, rescued dogs require love and patience.
Here’s how our foster parents can help:
- Taking in a newly rescued dog enables shelters to keep other dogs – especially shelters that will euthanize when full.
- Providing a nurturing atmosphere that includes; inside shelter, exercise, routine, food and most importantly love.
- Guiding a dog to relax and learn how to live/behave in a home environment that may be foreign to them. Sadly, some dogs are euthanized simply because they can’t tolerate the stress of a shelter.
- Contributing by observing the dog’s personality traits. This is essential in finding appropriately matched homes.
It takes special people to provide love and support to a rescued dog on the road to its forever home – it can be hard to say goodbye when the time comes.
If you are interested in helping a dog in need by providing a temporary loving foster home, please fill out the foster application and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Cheryl at 503. 974.4944 and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Thanks for joining what has become a central part of the rescue process!