Fostering (n): encouragement; aiding the development of something; to foster (v): To bring up; nurture; cherish
Fostering is a way to help a dog in need. A foster home is more than just a shelter for a homeless lab. Foster homes provide socialization as well as daily interaction with people and possibly other pets. In many cases, foster parents help their foster adjust to the good life indoors with housetraining as well as teaching basic good manners to prepare their foster for their new home.
We have experienced volunteers who can help fostering families if there is any question or concern regarding their foster, and veterinary care for the foster dog is provide byLFS.
Fostering should not be used as a trial period to determine if you want to adopt a dog permanently, and fostering is not a means of getting a dog for free. Please keep in mind that the ultimate goal of a foster parent is to prepare their foster dog for their new life with a loving family who needs them just as much as the dog needs the family. Fostering is a way to help a dog in need, not to help yourself go for a test drive.
Please consider the best interest of these wonderful labs. Yes, we miss our fosters when they leave, but the joy and excitement of finding a forever home with that perfect family, above and beyond outweighs the Goodbye.
If you are still not convince, please read this article by Deb Carr: You Too Can Foster!
For additional information on fostering please check out this website: http://www.fosterdogs.com . For the answers to most fostering questions see our foster Q&A page.
If you are ready to foster, please fill out the form below.