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If you can’t commit for a lifetime, how about committing for a while!
We don’t have a shelter. We rely on a wonderful network of fosters. These people, singles and families alike, open heart and home to rescues who would otherwise become/remain homeless or perhaps even be euthanized. They are truly lifesavers!
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A Foster Story
My name is Louise. My husband, Lyle, and I foster dogs for Marrvelous Pet Rescues. When I was asked to [write] about fostering, I thought about why people take these abandoned, maybe even neglected or abused animals into their homes. There may be as many personal stories as there are foster families. I’ll tell you what led me here.
Four years ago, I had to say goodbye to my precious little companion of 17 years, a Peke-a-poo named Tuffy. Age was shutting down his organs and he was suffering, so we let him go to his reward, with his veterinarian’s kind and gentle help. Now, it has been said that when we get to heaven, all the dog we have ever loved will come running up to greet us. I believe that. In the meantime, I grieved for the loss of his bright spirit in my life every day. I said “No more dogs. I can’t go through this again. It hurts too much.”
As time went by, I began to get a bit sappy about other people’s dogs. I’d ask friends and complete strangers if I could pet their dogs. I’d tell them about how I was still grieving. Family, friends and even these complete strangers would look at me kindly and say “you really need to get another dog!” I’d say “I just can’t go through that end of life misery again.” You all know where this is going, don’t you? The company of dogs brings joy and balance to our homes. I missed that. I began to see stories about fostering rescued dogs and I realized that fostering is the opposite of sad and painful loss. It is giving a new life to a beautiful companion that has had a run of tough luck.
Last year in August, I saw a little item in a local paper, The Reporter I think, announcing an event held by Marrvelous Pet Rescues and Adoptions, where there would be information available. I thought I might even get to play with some dogs and nuzzle some muzzles. Lyle and I were met with a warm welcome and before we left that day we filled out an application. In just a few days we were approved and had our first foster dog. She had been rescued from a bad situation, and to see how quickly she began to return to health, trust and self-confidence was wonderful. She was adopted into a loving and gentle home four weeks later, and we could hardly wait for our next dog to come home with us. So rewarding, and sometimes a little challenging, yes, and looking into those beautiful eyes, you know what you gave was a wonderful gift.
A year ago I had never heard of a Foster Failure. And now I am one. Yes we adopted one of our foster dogs. Sometimes a dog comes along and fills an empty spot in your home that you didn’t even know was there.
All of this goodness is made possible by the foresight and hard work of a group headed by Joy Martin, her Board of Directors, volunteers and contributors… They have attracted around them a circle of kind and open hearted people, the sort you really like to know.
When I talk about my foster dogs, people sometimes say “How can you love them and then give them away? I couldn’t do that.” Well that’s the magic of fostering, giving a second chance for a good life.
I recently saw a quote from the writer Zelda Fitzgerald that explains it. She said “No one has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”
Foster on, dear friends.