not to far from me is our county's animal services shelter. they ARE a "kill" shelter, and i shudder at the thought of how many dogs and cats are euthanized everyday. i live in a very large county of about 1 million people.
anyway, ive been thinking more and more about becoming a foster owner to dogs. i did some research and they only place the right kind of animal with you. so, i have three kids and two cats, obviously they wouldn't place a cat/kid hating dog with us.
i dont think ill get attached, my kids might, but if i explain to them that we're only their temporary owners, so we can show them lots of love and affection for their permanent homes, and then we'll get a new foster dog, they should be okay with the idea.
also, in the future i want to get a full time dog. i think this might be a good learning experience for all of us, to see if we're ready for a dog.
have you done this? how did it work out? i think at the end of the day its a very rewarding experience, knowing that you are giving an animal the time it needs to be adopted, saving a life.
Answer by sunshine196 at 5:19 PM on Jan. 22, 2013
I've fostered both dogs and cats in the past and we love it. We do get attached to the animals we've had pass through our home, but as soon as one leaves another comes in and the kids are really happy to be caring for a new animal. It's been great for my kids because they've become very responsible for caring for these animals.They've helped me while taking the pets to vets offices or the shelter for care. Also they've been involved with pet adoption events.
Answer by skitNbearsmom at 6:14 PM on Jan. 22, 2013
That's so wonderful of you & I hope it all works out. I know I could never do that, b/c the few strays we've taken in over the years, have immediately bonded with my kids & it was hard on them to see them go. I know I personally would get attached if there wasn't a current owner & the dog was a good fit. I think they count on that too. :p
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