I was originally drawn to adopt from To Love a Canine Rescue because of its wonderful foster program. I thought it was absolutely amazing that TLC dogs were all placed in foster homes, rather than awaiting their furever home in a terrifying shelter. That concept made my heart feel good, and I knew that this was the rescue I wanted to adopt my first puppy from. My boyfriend, Mike, and I adopted our first puppy, Heina (FKA Yoko), from TLC on February 7, 2016 – a day I will never forget. I first fell in love with Heina’s adoption photos and I immediately knew I had to meet her. Once we met, the connection was unreal – Heina was instantly part of the family.
While we also own a six year old potbelly pig named Ruca (a story for another time), we decided that Heina would benefit from a canine companion who may like to play a little more than Ruca does. Mike and I were not sure if we were ready to fully commit to another dog, so I decided to conduct my own research and email TLC to ask how fostering for them worked. Initially, I thought that fostering was a huge commitment and financial burden, but for a good cause. After having a conversation with a TLC representative, I was thrilled to hear how easy and flexible fostering could be. I had no idea that they would provide the food, crates, supplies and vet care for all of the foster dogs. I easily sold Mike on the idea of an overnight and/or weekend foster dog. We were quickly scheduled for new volunteer/foster orientation in November of 2016 and shortly thereafter our journey as foster parents began!
Our first foster, Joey, stayed with us for about 5 weeks and he will always have a very special spot in our hearts. I receive updates from Joey’s new family and I learned that he has recently started training classes! While it can be very bittersweet to say goodbye to your foster dog, it feels unbelievably good to save lives in the same way someone stepped up to save Heina’s. Almost 6 months later, and we are on foster pup number 5! I’ve enjoyed my time volunteering with TLC so much that I’ve gotten even more involved as an adoption counselor and by leading new volunteer orientations. In the future, I hope to continue to utilize my skills to save as many pups as possible and maybe some pigs, too!
–Marie C, TLC foster mom & adoption counselor