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Fostering Dogs 101

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Fostering Dogs 101

By Cris Carl, Networx

If you want to have some canine energy in your life, but canít or donít want to permanently adopt a dog, you might consider fostering a dog. The energy and unconditional love a dog can provide tends to help many people feel greater sense of happiness and calm. Plus, for many of us, dogs are just plain fun. When you foster a dog, you don’t have to commit to keeping the dog forever, and you’re doing an act of kindness.

Robin Watkins-Farrington, of Rock Hill, South Carolina has been fostering dogs for over a year. ďThe dog gets to get out of the shelter and the best part is then they donít get euthanized,Ē said Watkins-Farrington. She explained that if you are looking to foster dogs, to look up your local animal shelters and see if they have a program. Watkins-Farrington has been working with the York County Animal Shelter in York, SC. ďI love fostering dogs. I know Iím saving animals. I canít save them all, but I can save one or two at a time,Ē she said.

If you’re looking for a community project for your company, helping a local shelter to place dogs could be just the morale booster that your workplace needs. An inspiring story: The Chicago plumbing service Bishop Plumbing has taken on finding foster homes for dogs as a “company mission.” Bishop Plumbing informs its clients about opportunities to foster dogs, and some of the company’s employees have provided foster homes for the dogs.

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3:44AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013


11:52AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

I'd love to foster dogs someday but my knowledge is more with cats. I will soon be volunteering at my local shelter and possibly fostering cats so I hope to learn alot more by volunteering.

9:01AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Shelters are so over crowded right not that fosters are desperately needed all over the US, Canada and other countries. This article provides insight as to what it takes to foster. It is edifying knowing that you are helping a creature that nobody else would or could help!!

The caveat: be prepared to fall in love!!

2:21PM PST on Jan 19, 2013


2:31AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

The more we give, the more we get from our loyal furry friend

2:39PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Fostering can be hard, as letting go is always sad, but if you cannot adopt, it is a responsible choice.

10:24AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Foster parents are very special people.

12:35PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

thank u

11:43AM PDT on May 16, 2012


11:42AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thank you

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