A lot of people have a misconception that fostering dogs is difficult and that you get so emotionally attached there is no possible way you could give your foster dog to another family to love. While taking care of any animal comes with it’s challenges, to me fostering dogs is such a rewarding experience that I actually look forward to welcoming a new dog into my home.
Fostering brings me joy!
My dog, Puka, was rescued off the streets of Los Angeles by a close friend of mine in 2011. My friend already had a couple rescue animals of her own to look after, so we took Puka in even though we weren't sure if we were ready to add another member to our household. But we’ve been inseparable ever since. Puka is the greatest gift I’ve ever received. And after she came into my life, I had a strong desire to pay it forward and contribute to the rescue community.
I have fostered dogs both independently and for local rescue organizations. Fostering a dog gives the dog a greater chance at finding its forever home and being successful in that home. When you foster you get to know that dogs personality and habits, which really helps people interested in adopting them understand if that dog is the right fit for their family. And you're also providing a nurturing environment for a dog to thrive, and to learn how to be a dog!
Fostering brings me a lot of joy because for that moment you are that animals guiding light, leading them on a path to the perfect home that they’ve always deserved. There is always a small part of me that wants to hold onto my foster dog because the love I have for them is so great, but adopting them out and watching them thrive with a family that loves them is equally if not more rewarding. Fostering a dog is like sharing happiness, and that always feels good not just for me, but for our four legged friends.
Rosebud Noelle • Available
Rescue: Road Dogs
Surrendered to the rescue because she was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
Available for adoption!
Little Richard Simmons n.k.a. Ouija
My first foster dog.
ADOPTED! July 19, 2015
Follow Ouija on Instagram: @domesti_katie
Kat n.k.a. Sharkey
Rescue: A Purposeful Rescue
Had her back leg amputated.
Follow Sharkey on Instagram: @juno_n_sharkey
Rescue: Best Friends Animal Society NKLA
Staying with us temporarily while his kennel at NKLA gets a makeover.