I don’t read much of Cesar Millan’s stuff these days; but every now and again when something comes along that is of use, I like to pass it along.
I do transport for the rescue of dogs (primarily). I have 2 foster failures which is not unheard of in this field lol.
If you are wanting to foster but are unsure how to go about it, Cesar’s article will help you.
Fostering is a wonderful thing that saves dogs’ lives. It gets them out of shelters and into human packs, where they can receive the rehabilitation necessary to make them adoptable.
However, fostering comes not only with the responsibility of caring for the dog, but the necessity of eventually giving up the dog when it finds its forever home. Attachment can make this process difficult. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process easier.
- Start before you even foster
When selecting a foster dog, don’t pick the one that you think is the cutest and ideal for your family. Pick the dog that you wouldn’t necessarily want to keep long-term. For example, if you don’t like tiny dogs, consider a Chihuahua or Yorkie. If you don’t think you’d have the resources to care for a handicapped dog for life, then find that dog who’s blind or deaf, or is missing a limb.
This will make it easier for you to adjust to the temporary status of the foster dog, but it will also be an educational process. As Cesar says, “You don’t always get the dog you want. You get the dog you need.” If nothing else, it will allow you to experience types of dogs you would never normally adopt, and to learn even more about dog behavior.
- Assist in the adoption process
Find out whether your foster program will let you help out in finding that forever home. This can range from documenting your dog’s behavior and personality for future owners to locating and interviewing potential owners themselves.
This will help you be more confident in letting go because you’ll have a stake in the process, and you can assure yourself that you’ve found the right home for your foster.
- Ask for progress reports from the new family
You can continue to take part in your foster dog’s life with photos and stories from her new family, and the Internet makes distance irrelevant. Many shelters ask this of people who adopt dogs from them, largely as a way to keep their staff positive about seeing dogs they’ve gotten to know be adopted.
If distance permits, you could even consider having regular playdates with your current foster (and permanent pack) and adopted past fosters, as long as the new owners are agreeable.
- Celebrate the adoption
Don’t think of giving up your foster to adoption as losing a dog. Think of it as a dog gaining a permanent home. It should be a cause for celebration because you have helped to save a life. Treat yourself and the dog to a fancy meal, go out to your favorite dog park, or invite friends and their dogs over for a party…
However you choose to celebrate, focus on the positive and make the adoption a source of good memories. Document your time with each foster with photos and stories and keep a scrapbook of your successes.
- Foster again
The best part about fostering dogs is that there will always be dogs to foster, and the best way to celebrate one dog leaving your life is to save the life of another. And another. With each foster that you help place in a loving home, it becomes easier to say good-bye. With each new foster, you have another chance to get to know a new dog and help him on the way to his forever home.
During the process, always keep in mind what fostering is. As Amy Romanofsky at FosterDogs.com puts it, “I never think of a foster dog as ‘mine.’ Each dog already belongs to someone else — it just so happens that I haven’t met that person yet.”
But, when you and your foster dog do meet that person, take comfort in knowing that you had a large part in making it happen, and preventing the unthinkable alternative.
Never fostered a dog before? You’re really missing out! See here the top seven reasons to foster a dog.
For the last 36 hours I have been online watching a young female cat (maybe a year old), be in pre-labor for a total of 4 days. Last night at about 5:30 pm she delivered the first kitten. She had a lot of problems with her first and it was touch and go for awhile. Momma (named Dorothy) has had 6 and there is question if there is a 7 or 8th; it can take up to 24 hours sometimes for the last to be born.
Dorothy was simply exhausted from her days of pre-labor that by the time her babies were being born, it took all of her strength to simply push through each contraction. Thankfully her foster mom is experienced in cats birthing and all seemed to go as well as expected. Clearly, this is Dorothy’s first litter as she had no clue what do as each kitten was born. Her foster mom tried to stay out of assisting Dorothy too much, but it became clear that she was going to have to wipe the babies faces of the placenta.
Imagine if she had been in the wild? A young cat dumped and found in a very bad state. She had been full of tape worms, the worst they had ever seen and very skinny. The outcome most likely wouldn’t be what it is today; 6 healthy kittens. It should be noted that there are 2 that are tiny and one has a cleft, just waiting to hear if it is a partial or full. Cleft palettes can be repaired through surgery. It seems the baby is finding its way to nurse as it gained 10 grams overnight.
I can’t stress enough the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The reason I am able to watch online is that there is a fed on livestream that the foster set up so that children can see and people can see the results of not spaying and neutering.
If you are wanting to watch the kittens and stay up to date you can watch http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz
If you are wanting to donate you can do so here https://www.facebook.com/LAPSlangley?fref=ts
Tiny Kittens which is the organization fostering momma and her kittens have their own webpage http://www.tinykittens.com/
Please remember, female cats can go into heat at 4 months of age; which is why we have such an overpopulated cat situation.
There are currently cats waiting for adoption at LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society) now and I’m sure waiting for you to take them home.
This is one of the babies from last night’s birth
I’m not sure what it will take to show people that Tika, an 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier x Chihuahua, with eyes and snow white fur that make me see a beautiful seal pup :), really needs help. Our last fundraiser didn’t raise much, but because she is who she is, I won’t let her down.
I have done some researching on ways to run a better fundraiser campaign and to be honest I can’t let her down. I advocate for animal welfare, how could I not do the same for her?
Tika’s fundraising page https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-tika-eat-without-pain/143569
Tika’s Teeth 1 and 2 photos
Thank you all so much for your support! xo
We have the hugest of favors to ask. I know I’ve been adding fundraising requests lately and I sincerely appreciate all the help each and everyone of you has given.
We have another request and this one is very serious. Remember how sick Lexi was with her Bladder Stones (she had 8 of them!!). She has a furiend named Astro. Astro is a gorgeous shepherd that came to our friends L.E.A.S.H. Animal Welfare Society. Unfortunately, Astro is very, very ill and is need of our help. A fundraising page has been set up in his name with all proceeds going to his veterinarian costs and care.
Please read all about Astro either on L.E.A.S.H. Animal Welfare Society, or on our fundraising page
Any and all donations gratefully accepted, in lieu of donations please help us share his page, we really need to help this sweet, sweet boy. He is only a 1 year old!!
Please help us create a brighter future for those that can’t speak for themselves. We are looking for good, solid foster homes right now! You don’t have to do long term, you just have to be a loving home that our dogs can feel safe, will go for walks and get exercise. Please email https://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-of-the-Dog-House-Rescue/208585425901723?fref=ts –
With the recent events in Oklahoma this week, we are sharing a blog post by BlogPaws.
It is a call to action
Dear Fellow Blogger,
First, a huge thank you for being a part of The Blogger Disaster Response Network. The recent tragedy in Oklahoma is exactly why this network exists. Together our voices are amplified.
Second, BlogPaws, Pet360 and World Vets are teaming up using our Blogger Disaster Response Network (BDRN) to step up for Oklahoma. We’ve all seen the images of devastation and we believe as a team we can make a big difference. The largest need at the moment is cash. BlogPaws is reaching out to the BDRN and all the sponsors of the 2013 conference to pledge a commitment for Oklahoma. This <collective> donation will go to the World Vets who are assessing the needs on site to make the best decision on where the money will go – based on their work in past disasters.
Donations will be collected by World Vets here through 11:59 PM Tuesday, May 28th. The collective donation will be announced when the money is ready for delivery. Your help, coming together in a communal way, can make a huge difference overall!
We’ve created this badge for you to display on your blogs —> you can find it on the right hand side of my blog it is called Paws 4 OK. To read more about this cause, you can go here http://www.blogpawsbethechange.com/2013/05/call-to-action-team-up-for-oklahoma.html
Recently Mama has been working on a fundraising event for our foster Lexi the pug. Mama says things have been going well and it wasn’t until Mama received Lexi’s x-rays yesterday, that the reality of just how large her stones are in her bladder really became real.
Here is a copy of the message we put up on our furpage Wags and Wiggles.
“This is our furiend Miss Lexi’s x-rays that mama just received. These are the stones that are in Lexi’s bladder! Look at them, they are huge!
Please help us attain our goal and get her the much needed surgery she needs!!
I just received my foster, Lexi’s, x-rays of her bladder stones. I am attaching them so people can see what animal abuse looks like, as well as realize that our fundraising is real and we appreciate every one of you who has ever shared or donated to her surgery. For those that weren’t sure and now want to donate and share her fundraising page