Update: Layla just went home with her name family a short time ago. They’re a wonderful couple with a large, mellow lab/hound mix. Everyone will have an adjustment period but I suspect they’ll be very happy together.
We all know about the joys of puppy breath. The feeling of satisfaction from helping a suffering dog. And the great tax benefits of fostering animals.
But what’s the high point of fostering no one talks about?
Helping families find their forever friend.
Adopting a Dog is a Big Decision
You know what it’s like to search for the right dog. You’ve been there yourself.
- Reviewing shelter and rescue websites.
- Doing daily searches on PetFinder when you’re supposed to be working.
- Trying to understand a dog’s personality based on a picture and a carefully worded description.
Then, when you find a dog you just can’t get out of your mind, you arrange to meet her. And figure out in a short visit if she’ll fit into your family—if you can learn to love each other.
Talking to Potential Adopters
I love meeting and talking to potential adopters.
I even like it when a potential adopter decides a dog isn’t for him. Because that shows how seriously they’re taking this process.
Layla got to visit with a family for a second time yesterday. She had to meet more members of the family. It doesn’t sound like she’s found her home with this family. And that’s wonderful.
I’m thrilled that someone only wants to adopt the dog they know they can love and care for her whole life long.
She’ll be meeting another family this morning. Although we don’t have a Vanna White cat to show off her best traits, this family will get to see Layla in a home setting with her full personality on display. Their own dog will be there to offer his opinion of her as well.
I hope they all love each other.
But if not, I’ll be happy to see this family keep looking until they find the right dog to fit into their lives.
People I have talked to about my foster dogs aren’t just looking for a dog. They’re looking for a family member.
It’s exciting to be a part of their search. I love hearing their questions. And I know some dog will be very lucky to find her home with them.
It gives me hope to meet so many caring pet people. It’s the best thing about fostering that everyone forgets to tell you.
Whether you foster or not, what do you see as the biggest sign that people are taking pet adoption more seriously?