Meet the Foster Puppies

These adorable little pups are Angus and Lolly. My husband and I fostered them for the Jackson County Shelter for three weeks, to help them socialize to people and start learning how to be part of a family of both people and other dogs. They’ll soon be spayed and neutered, and then they’ll be looking for their forever home.

Nothing is more adorable than puppies, and when they snuggled and fell asleep on my lap, I was in love. But there is also the barking and crying, the mess, the biting and scratching and roughhousing – kind of like having little kids at home! I joked that the only time I could get any work done was when the “babies” went down for a nap, but it was true. They demanded a lot of time and attention.

But for all the work involved, fostering is a wonderful experience. We’ve had a few foster pets now, and it feels good knowing that we helped a dog or cat learn to trust people and accept love. It’s gratifying to know that if we helped teach a dog good manners, the chances of them being successfully adopted and not returned to the shelter are much better.

Dogs need foster homes for a variety of reasons, but often it’s because the stress and isolation of life in the kennel is much harder for some dogs than other. Some dogs are terrified of the noise and strange smells, while some aren’t well socialized and are frightened of other animals or people. Some dogs need medical care and peaceful environments to help them heal from injury or illness.

For dogs who are anxious, scared or not feeling well, having strangers come look at them and try to pet them – even well-meaning people looking for a dog to adopt–is too scary. To help dogs show their true (good) personalities, it is often best for potential adopters to meet dogs in a home, away from the commotion of the shelter. This can help dog and person meet successfully, and will hopefully lead to successful adoption.

People tell me they would never be able to give a dog they’d spent time with and become attached to. That is a consideration. We foster parents lovingly refer to adopting a foster pet as a “foster failure.” And there is nothing wrong with that! But you can’t keep every dog. I do get attached, and sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye, but it makes me happy to know that our foster pet is going to a new home where they will be cared for. We hope that every dog finds a forever-family and they will know love the rest of their lives. If fostering can help make that connection, then it feels great having a part in that.

Unfortunately, there is never a shortage of dogs or cats in the shelter. Kitten season will be here soon, and the shelter will have more mamas and kittens than they can handle. If you’re interested in opening your heart and home for just a while to an animal in need, then please contact Friends of the Animals Shelter to start the process. You can reach them at 541-944‐2021.

Don’t buy pets. Adopt.
If you can’t adopt, foster.
If you can’t foster, volunteer.
If you can’t volunteer, donate.
If you can’t donate, educate, transport, and help spread the word to protect animals.
Everyone can help in some way.

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