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Fostering a Dog: It's Good for Your Heart and Your Wallet

Health & Wellness  (tags: fostering, dogs, heart, health, wallet )

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Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money. It could be a down payment on a home. It could pay off the lion's share of an average college graduate's student loan debt. Or it could buy you a whole lot of cute.

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Cher C (1429)
Friday April 18, 2014, 4:35 pm

Thnx Barb sweetie!!!


Elizabeth M (65)
Friday April 18, 2014, 4:41 pm
I feel very sorry for Schroeder and her fiancÚ having to give up their foster dog. That would be really hard. This is a good plan for many people, as so many do not think of the cost of vet bills, and so many do not even have their animals spayed or neutered.
Thank you for this article Barb.

Mike H (252)
Friday April 18, 2014, 5:31 pm
Thanks for posting

Lydia S (155)
Friday April 18, 2014, 10:14 pm
I love that people are able to foster and help pets , for us ours are forever pets ,
we did take in two boy kittens a few years ago with the intention of fostering but realized we
could not ever separate them as they are brothers or give them up so they became forever pets too .
Kudos & God Bless those that are doing anything to help animals .

Janis K (126)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 9:29 am
Thanks for sharing.

Brenda P (125)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 11:03 am
noted and shared

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 1:59 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Gerry Pinion (4)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 3:08 pm
Kitties and other animals also need fostering. God bless all who help these beautiful animal, you are truly angels on earth! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Shirley H (49)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 3:16 pm
I admire people who Foster animals. It is my choice to give a dog or a cat a permanent home with all my Love and affection. It really doesn't matter to me what the cost of this undertaking is. Fortunately for me the cost is not a factor.

marie C (163)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 4:48 pm
Thank you for posting Barb

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 4:57 pm
I applaud anyone who can foster. It is a good alternative if you cannot provide a forever home. Fostering is needed in many cases.

Barb Knight (1688)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 5:46 pm
I couldn't foster any animal without adopting it!! I'd need a HUGE piece of land and house to's always been my dream to live like 'the little old lady who lived in a shoe' except in my case I'd have animals and not too many bec mine would be spayed and neutered!!

Kara C (15)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 8:59 pm
I love fostering and have had so many animals, it is so rewarding. If anyone is interested and has any questions feel free to send me a message and I will try to answer (in Australia so rescues are different here). The main ones I get are:

How do you give them up - I take them in knowing it's just temporary and they will one day go to a great forever home. It's hard sometimes and you can get attached but keep in mind the more you take the more you save.
Cost - I have beds and toys and home and buy them myself as well as food, some places will offer to provide these things but I have the means to help them out currently.
How Long do you have them - shortest was 3 days, longest was 5 months (adopted to an aunt so I didn't really have to say goodbye) average is about a month.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 12:41 am
Thank you

Julie W (32)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 3:06 am
I'm going to give some thought to this. I haven't had a dog for several years, and it's easy to forget how much responsibility you owe them.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 4:22 am
Any forms of cruelty to them is unjust

Ruth C (87)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 7:12 am
It would be very hard for me to foster an animal because I would just end up keeping it.

Nancy C (806)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 8:44 am
I'm with those who would not be able to say goodbye!!! I rescue and that's at first hug!!! Thanx Barb! btw, I rescued an 11 yr old tuxedo kitty and we've been cuddling for 2 years!!!

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 11:05 am
I know I can't foster because I'd be unable to part with any animal I fostered. I applaud those that can and support my local animal shelter and of course which provides low cost spay and neuter services where I live. Our community and our animals are so grateful for all their help and support. I can't imagine what we'd do without them.

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 1:15 pm
Thanks for the information about fostering. I doubt if I could say good bye once a pet is in my home.

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Sunday April 20, 2014, 6:34 pm
Fostering is a good option when you can't provide a forever home. Thanks for doing the right thing.
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