We recently proposed a question to our fosters and volunteers asking why they foster. The answers will melt your heart. As we step into the colder weather, consider opening your heart and home to a homeless dog in need. www.homefurever.com
Ramona – To help the unwanted and unloved feel loved and wanted!!
Jeannine – Two words: Puppy Breath!
Joe – I foster to give dogs a chance; the fresh start they may not otherwise get, the love and safety they may have never known, and the structure they need to begin their new lives. Fostering is doing something bigger than yourself, giving a dog a piece of your heart then setting it free. The impact of fostering can be compared to the butterfly effect – a small act of selflessness on your part grows exponentially with everyone that dog encounters in his or her new life. I foster to be a part of that experience; to be the change I want to see in the world.
Lori – I foster because I love to see something so broken and down become healthy, loving and learn to trust again. Each dog that has come in my house whether 1 day or 1 year I cry tears of joy when I see them go into the perfect home and live happily ever after.
Margo – I foster because I know I’m not in a position to adopt, but still want the love and companionship of a dog and want to make a difference for the dogs in my city. Helping a dog who otherwise may have ended up on the streets, in the wrong hands, or found a fate even worse learn to love and be loved is a rewarding (and addicting!) experience. Seeing that dog find his perfect someone who can commit to him completely makes up for the sadness of saying goodbye to a best friend- and bringing in another lost soul helps to fill the void. It’s not always easy, and there are times when it feels like I’m not doing enough to help the dogs of Detroit, but making a difference in the life of that one dog makes it all worth it in the end.
Karin – I foster because no matter what I give to the dogs that come through my door, they give it back to me 10 times over unconditionally.
Brandi – I foster because I’m not only making a change in our world but I’m setting a GREAT example for future generations to come! To teach my children to be givers, not takers. To be kind to helpless creatures who have no voice for themselves, and to be good examples for their peers! TO STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN AND MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE IF ITS ONLY ONE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! Too see the smiles on their faces and the warmth in my heart knowing another animal is safe in our care. The giggles from puppy kisses and the fighting over who the dog is going to sleep with, the tears when they go to A BETTER HOME KNOWING THEY WILL GET MORE LOVE! That is what fostering is about, they NEVER FORGET YOU (Sasha is proof) and you will always have a little piece of them, that is what makes you whole as a foster parent, the light and hope in their eyes because of YOU!
Jane – I do what I do because I care deeply for dogs in need, I could not walk away and feel good about it! As a child to now I still love and cry over the unwanted! If I could have a wish come true, all animals would know only love and no abuse!
Lauri - I foster since I feel so helpless when I see all the dogs in need. I cannot help all of them but can help one. That one needs me and I need to know I am doing something to help. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing you helped save a life. Fostering is about giving and getting love…who could resist
Valerie – I foster to do my small part in something amazing – repairing broken souls and sharing their magic with the rest of the world. Foster homes are a stepping stone, without which rescues like this can’t continue their mission. Every dog that passes through our homes and hearts is a part of the solution to a very large problem, and I am honored to be a part of that. “Rescue one, until there are none.”
Shannon – Fostering makes us feel like we are actually doing something to be part of the solution rather than just feeling sad and frustrated by the situations these dogs are in. We can’t adopt every dog that needs us but we sure can spoil them with affection, teach them how to love being a dog and help prepare them for the good life they deserve!
Virginia – With only 1 income right now, we can’t afford the expenses of having a dog of our own. Though our pockets may be empty, our hearts are still full of love to give to these dogs. This is why we foster.
Irene – Why I foster is because I want to give back and help the animals that need it most it always breaks my heart to hear the stories of these poor helpless animals and fostering makes me feel good and be a part of the group and help out we love animals and would do anything we can to help and the little pup we have is so amazing and has so much love to give and we are so happy he’s a part of our lives and we can help foster him until he finds his fur ever home.
Nicole – I foster because every creature deserves to know what real love and family is. I honestly don’t think I will ever stop doing this! It is the most amazing thing I’ve ever done other than raise my 2 legged children. The love and sense of fulfillment you get from helping and loving these dogs is overwhelming. And helping them to become amazing family dogs and a furever home is one of the best feelings in the world!
Every day I get a wet kiss from my cuddle buddy. Every day I get a wagging tail from my best friend. The biggest reward is holding or hug the dog and feeling that sigh. The sigh of yes I finally found love. But in a sense, they save us. After a horrible day, all I want to do is be mad at the world and lay in my bed. Seeing my foster be unbelievably happy to see and smother me with unconditional love makes feel like I’m most amazing person in the world.
A very common question I get about fostering is “isn’t it hard to give the dog away?” Well yeah, each and every time. But just knowing I was the person to heal a broken heart. Or to just be that person to give them love when they needed it the most.
Contact us today to learn more about our foster program. 313.645.4399, or complete our foster questionnaire here: http://clicktohelphomefurever.com/Foster_.html