One of the main reasons people talk themselves out of fostering is because they’re worried about becoming attached. We’ve seen so many goodbyes, and we want to offer you some insight from two of our current foster families:
Alex R. a Foster Parent since 2014:
“The advice I would give to someone feeling nervous about becoming too attached is this: Fostering a pet is one of the most important things you can do for an animal who needs a little more time to be adopted. By creating a bond with your foster pet, you are improving their chances of getting adopted. If you can think of the goal of fostering as helping an animal become adopted, you can feel happy that you accomplished that goal. It’s really tough to let them go (Trust me, my first foster pets were three kittens!), but please think of fostering as a means to start a pet’s journey to a forever, loving home. Always know that helping them make that first step is enough.”
Marvin S. a Foster Parent since 2010:
“We were lonely for canine companionship but we felt we had gotten too old to adopt. We have fostered over seventy five dogs. We have gotten attached to every single one of them. We know, however, that the relationship is for a short time, and we are helping these dogs prepare for their forever homes. Knowing that helps us ready ourselves when the time comes to let them go into their forever homes. We have helped many difficult to adopt dogs become easy dogs, and that is our greatest reward.”
We refer to our fosters as heroes, because with their help, we have the ability to rescue more homeless animals.