IS FOSTERING RIGHT FOR ME?
What exactly does fostering mean? It means bringing a homeless Dog into your home, caring for them, providing them with affection and socialization, until a permanent family comes along who will love them forever.
The benefits of fostering are numerous, and not only a wonderful thing for the boxer and rescue, but can be beneficial to the one doing the fostering in so many ways!
FOSTERING SAVES LIVES:
Boxer Lovers is foster based. We can only help as many boxers as we have foster homes for. Without foster homes we are not able to pull from the shelter: with boxers not being pulled from the shelter, they have to euthanize. It is a snowball effect of bad. Foster Homes are crucial!!
YOU HAVE A HAND IN HELPING MAKE THE BOXERS MORE "ADOPTABLE":
Often times, boxers just do not "show" well in a kennel environment due to excess energy, or jockeying for attention as potential adopters walk by. While fostering a dog, you are able to provide exercise and stimulation, which in turn creates a calmer dog. We will know what their behavior will look like in a home environment. In addition, you can work with the dog on leash training, house training, or other basic command training, that potential adopters will find attractive when looking for the perfect dog for their family.
YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE A BOXER'S FUTURE:
As a foster, you have the chance and opportunity to gain a dogs trust, show them human touch and love perhaps for the first time, provide an environment for them to feel safe, and watch them transform before your eyes.
FOSTERING CAN BE GREAT FOR YOUR FAMILY:
If you have existing pets, introducing a dog can be a great experience for them as an additional companion, additional socialization, and an additional playmate! Children can benefit from fostering as a way to introduce responsibility, selflessness, a way to educate about animals, and is also a great way to "test" the idea of a permanent dog into the home in the future.
YOU BECOME PART OF A WONDERFUL "COMMUNITY":
Fellow fosters will help guide you through the experience, give ideas, answer any questions, and may even become your friends! There is nothing quite like sharing experiences with those who do the same and being part of a community of people who have like passions.
YOU WILL MAKE SOMEONE'S FAMILY COMPLETE:
When the day comes, that your foster finds that perfect home, the rewarding feeling you will experience is something very special. You will feel a sense of pride, in knowing what you helped that dog accomplish in his time with you. You will feel overjoyed, that he has found his forever family and his happy ending that all homeless dogs so desire. And while certainly, some goodbyes can be tough, knowing that a dog has found his happy ending and that another precious life awaits to be afforded your gifts, is as good of a feeling as there is!