Fostering Dogs Questions: How did you get involved in fostering dogs?

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How did you get involved in fostering dogs?

Well, we were a happy three dog family for about 5 years. I had never really heard of fostering dogs for an animal rescue at that time.

Then I ran across an adorable little Miniature Pinscher, Rico.  I fell in love with his picture on Facebook and we adopted him the next day.  A few months later we adopted another older Min. Pin, Ozzy, from the same rescue.  This time I had watched him for a few weeks, and he really had no one interested in him.  So he became dog number 5.

Then, just 16 months after we adopted Rico, he passed away, unexpectedly.  We were all heartbroken.  Although he was around 4 years old, he had been our silly little puppy.  Always entertaining us by chasing bugs, his tail, his brothers, really anything that moved.

I talked to the President of the rescue to give her the sad news.  She asked if we would be interested in fostering dogs for them.  They had just taken in half of the dogs from a local hoarding case and were in desperate need of foster homes so that they wouldn’t have to board the dogs at a kennel.

I picked up Pantera just a few days later.  He was such a sweet boy, that we decided right away to adopt him.  So a few days after that I went and got his brother, Santana.  Then, after seeing the boys together, we decided that they shouldn’t be separated.  Our first two fosters, and first two foster failures.  They never replaced our little, lost boy, Rico.  But they did make us smiles a lot, and fall in love with them.

We’ve been fostering dogs ever since.  And usually, have at least one foster dog living with us at all times.  Once in a while, we get a break.  And we could take time off anytime we want to.  But if we can, we keep fostering dogs.

This post is part of the series Fostering Dogs: Questions Answered

Other posts in this series:

  1. Fostering Dogs: Most asked Questions About Being a Foster Dog Family
  2. Fostering Dogs Question: How do you let your foster dogs go?
  3. Fostering Dogs Questions: How do you handle all of those dogs and foster dogs too?

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