April 26, 2011

Foster Parents For Fuzzy Friends

I've always wanted to be a foster mom.  My sisters spent quite a few years in foster care due to our lovely family circumstances. Their situation made me want to be a special mom to someone in need.

Alas, life sometimes puts an idea in your head and you cannot accomplish that goal.  It was not the right decision for our family to foster children.

Years later....now... I am volunteering with my daughter Meaghan at the local humane society.  There is a need for the dogs to take a break when they have not been adopted quickly.  The dogs get depressed and have anxiety after being in cages too long.  We have already adopted a dog from this humane society so I know they do great work.  The option was put forth to foster a dog during the Easter Holiday so he could have a break.  A family conversation ended with us filling out an application and us going to pick out a dog. 

 

Introducing Toby, on the left.  Our Rico on the right.

We picked him because he was a similar breed to our own but just a mini version.  We brought Rico with us when we picked out a dog so that we knew they would get along.  As well as being foster parents we also got to fill out an evaluation sheet on Toby and his habits so that an adopting family could know more about him. 

Toby-Eager to please you he loves to fetch a ball, or a sock for you.  He is a good indoor dog and knows when to tell you it's time to go outside. He plays well with other dogs, children and adults but is not too sure why there is a cat in the house.  He his fast when the door is opened so be careful that he doesn't run.  He loves a good walk and will probably run well when his stitches heal.  He is nervous when you grab him by the collar to keep him safe and will roll over onto his back. He will make a good pet for a family or individual.  To adopt Toby please visit the Cold Lake Humane Society.

Toby goes back to the Humane Society today.  The kids said goodbye before they left for school and I will take him back after lunch.  I know he had a good time with us and had a good break.  I hope he finds his forever home soon.

Sometimes it feels uncomfortable to put yourself out there and do something new.  Your habits will be disturbed and your space may have to change a bit.  If you never try you will never know how it will all turn out.  I'm glad we tried.

What would you like to try?  What is stopping you?

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2 comments:

  1. Good for you and your Family Kathleen. Even Animals need care too. I Think I will One day consider doing something like Pet foster care but for the time being the animals are much safer in their cages rather than in my home with my Children....especially Cats!

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  2. That's great, I'm sure he enjoyed being in your home a lot more than being in a cage. I should head down there sometime and see what I can do. Thanks for the inspiration.

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