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Puppy fostering

Good afternoon 🙂

For the last few months I have been fostering puppies from an organization in Dallas called Paws in the City.  PITC is a non-profit operation that takes in strays, animals from shelters, emergency situations, etc and tries to find “furever” homes for them.  I was lucky enough to happen upon one of their adoption events several years ago and knew that I had to get involved.

At the time, I volunteered at the SPCA, walking dogs and helping people with any questions about the animals.  I didn’t have my little Lizzie, so I spent a decent amount of time there. Once I got Lizzie, the time I spent at the SPCA decreased quite a bit.  Definitely not a good thing, but I always felt bad leaving Lizzie to hang out with other dogs. Yes, I know these other dogs needed me as much as she did, but I’m being honest and that is just how I felt. So, volunteering with Paws in the City has been a perfect fit for me.

In the past several months, I have had four foster dogs, Rambo, Rowdy, Riley, and now Shelly. The first three have been adopted and Shelly is hopefully going to find her new home very soon. Here is how it works:

The dog come and lives at my house and becomes a part of my family.
I pay for the dogs food, toys, and other common items, but all medical treatment is covered by PITC.
I try to take the puppies to adoption events at least once a weekend so they get exposure to all sorts of future adopters.

I get all sorts of questions about how I can do this and how my dog responds to it. Fostering dogs has actually been a lot easier on me than I thought it would.  Of course you grow attached to them, especially when they are cute loveable puppies, but with every one of them that gets adopted, you know you will have the opportunity to go on and help another puppy. And Lizzie has responded fairly well to most of them. She currently doesn’t like Shelly much, but she loved Rambo and Rowdy. Riley was only with us for a day, so she didn’t really get to know him.  It has really helped Lizzie with her socialization issues.  She is learning how to play and not be so scared of other animals, so I really think it is great for her.

If you are toying with the idea of getting a dog, but aren’t sure if you can handle it, I really recommend fostering dogs. You will get a lot of different experience and it will help you figure out what kind of dog is best for you.  Also, it is a way to help you figure out if you might be allergic. I am allergic to some breeds of dogs, but not all. Fostering has helped show me what kinds of dogs I can never own for my own health reasons.  You have to be a patient person. Puppies take a lot of time and work and they will have accidents. They also will chew up some of your things, try to climb into the dishwasher, cry during the night, but they will also try to cuddle with you and give you lots of puppy dog kisses. I definitely think the positives outweigh the negatives. Here are a couple pictures of my little foster babies

Rowdy (in black)

Riley (in tan and white)



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