11 reasons to foster a dog:
1. You increase that dog’s chance of being adopted
Fostering provides a link between a dog and potential homes. You can spread the word about what a good dog they are, how they love people and how they walk nicely on a leash. By living with you, the dog has the chance to learn behavior that will make him/her more appealing to other families. If you foster a dog, you have the ability to transform that barking, out of control mutt at the shelter to a dog someone would be honored to live with.
2. Your own dog will learn more social skills
It’s important for your own dog (if you have one) to be around a variety of dogs. Having a more dominant dog around, for example, will build a shyer dog’s self confidence as he/she encourages and shows him/her how to play. Your own dog also has to learn to share the water dish and dog bed with the foster dog, and he/she has to share you.
3. It’s a good way to see if you are ready for an additional dog
It’s not always clear whether a second or third dog would fit in with your family. Sometimes an additional dog is a disaster. Other times it couldn’t be better. With fostering, you have a chance to see whether or not another dog is right for your family. Maybe providing temporary care is better for you.
4. You help the rescue learn about the dog’s personality
You will interact with your foster every day, learning about their unique personality and behavioral issues. It’s hard to know much about a dog when he/she is living in a shelter environment with 15 other dogs. Placing dogs in foster homes helps rescues learn if the dog likes children, begs at the table, chases cats, barks when crated, knows basic commands or has high or low energy. The possibilities of what a foster family will learn about a dog are unlimited.
5. You will appreciate your own dog’s good behaviour
Or maybe you will realise the foster dog is better behaved than your own dog! It makes it easier for to show your foster the rules because he/she has your own dog to copy. Your dog heels at your side and your foster walks directly behind you both. Your dog sits at the door and your foster follows suit and sits. Your foster sees that your dog sits and waits for his/her food, so he/she does the same.
6. You are saving a dog’s life
Many rescues are full to their limits and cannot take in more dogs until additional foster homes open up. Rescues can save money on boarding fees, etc and use it to save another homeless dog.
7. Many animal shelters can’t function without foster homes
A lot of rescues, including SPRSS depend entirely on foster homes because they don’t have specialised accommodation. If it weren’t for all the generous foster families willing to foster a dog, many rescues would have to close down.
8. You might end up with a new family member
Many foster families realise the dog they are fostering is a perfect fit for their family. This is a happy ending for both the dog and humans. If you don’t foster a dog, then you will never know what you are missing. You might never meet that special dog that could add to your life. People who do this are called “failed fosterers” and join a very exclusive club.
9. The dog gets to live with your family rather than at a shelter
Dogs get stressed from shelter conditions; Shar Pei particularly do not cope will in kennels. Shelters are noisy with limited one-on-one interaction. The dogs don’t get enough exercise, training or socialisation. With time, many dogs develop psychological issues as pent-up energy, frustration, aggression or boredom builds. Pei tend to become very depressed and will eventually just shut down.
10. Any volunteering makes a person feel good
Fostering a dog is a way to give back to your community. If you love animals, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a homeless dog.
11. It’s a way to help without spending money.
If you don’t have the money to donate to animal shelters, you can donate your time by fostering. Some programs require foster families to cover all the expenses of the dog’s supplies. Other rescue organisations cover everything for you, providing food, a crate, bowls and veterinary care. SPRSS will cover vet fees, but ask you to cover the remainder of the costs.
Please do consider fostering – you can save a dog’s life.