This has been one of the best things we’ve done in our life…to save theirs.” My husband and I decided to take on this journey of fostering dogs 6 months ago after one of my coworkers got into fostering and we were inspired. Thinking “we can do that, why not? We have the time, love and room to do so.” We we’re nervous and didn’t know how it would go but thought we’d give it a shot.
People say all the time “I don’t know how you can foster, I’d get too attached and not be able to let them go”…I know they mean to praise me, but the compliment sometimes feels backhanded. They love too much, therefore I must have something wrong with me? The thing is anyone who knows Nate and I know how much our little fur girls mean to us. Our dogs are our everything. Day in and day out. We didn’t decide to foster because we thought it was going to be easy, we did it because we love dogs so much that we wanted to save lives.
After 6 months, I can tell you we were never prepared for how amazing and rewarding it would be. We’ve opened our home and our hearts to save 9 lives in the past 6 months. If we would have kept our 1st foster then the 8 others might not be alive today. Yes, you get attached and you love them and yes, I’ve cried a few times handing them over but in the end each one holds a special place in your heart and the joy of finding them their forever home, what they deserve, and saving their life, outweighs my own selfish feelings.
If you’ve ever thought of fostering animals I say just give it a chance, you’ll never know if you don’t try. The most important thing is finding an amazing rescue like we were blessed to find and they walk you through it and are there every step of the way. TLC has changed our lives for the better and is such an amazing team to be a part of.
We look forward to the many sweet faces we have yet to meet and lives to save. These dogs impact our lives just as much as we do theirs. I read a quote that makes a lot of sense: When people say “I could never foster because it would be too hard to give a dog up.” … We say, “How can it be harder than knowing a dog died because there was no foster home to go to.” It hits the nail on the head. #fosteringsaveslives #proudfosterparents #doglover 💕🙌🏼
– Haley P, TLC foster mom