I started fostering a german shepherd (mixed with who knows what else) puppy.
She’s the most adorable puppy ever and she’s sooo well behaved. She rarely leaves me side. I could get into details but I’m sure you catch the drift.
She has her final vet appointment next Tuesday and then she’ll be put up for adoption.
I knew what I was in store for when I signed up but I’m so in love with this puppy. Has anyone else ever had this problem when fostering? How do you deal with it?
I’m sure I’m probably being overdramatic, I’m just hoping that her new family will give her all the love she deserves.
Any tips on getting through fostering?
P.S. My mom and I fostered animals when I was younger so I know the process, I’ve just become sooo attached to this little one! and adopting isn’t an option because she’s going to be a big dog and I wouldn’t be able to provide financially for her.
I have no experience with the fostering process (although I hope to in the future!) but I recently adopted my 8month old from a local rescue so I’ve got to see what fostering is like since I’ve met some foster moms during training class.
When I was going through the process of adopting my girl I only met the foster mom once during a meet and greet with the pup. She didn’t come to the home interview, nor did I see her during the extended visit, or adoption paper signing. I only met her that one time but we spent about 2 hours talking and getting to know one another that she felt confident enough that I would make a good parent and that the rescue coordinators could handle the rest. One of the volunteers told me that the foster mom opted out of tagging along for all the procedures because she knew it would be harder on the dog. Think about it, if you’re there during the process it’s a distraction to the dog as the dog has bonded with you and sees you as his parent, not these potential strangers. I thought it was very considerate of the foster mom to do so because upon first meeting her I could see how much she bonded with the pup, the pup would howl and cry whenever she was out of sight (she’s bonded so well with me now that she does that when I’m gone too!)
Just something you might want to think about. I think it’s a little more confusing for the dog if you’re always there and then one day not when the dog is finally adopted. Of course you could still keep in touch and perhaps visit once in a while so long as it’s acceptable with the adopters. Yet again, a clean break is sometimes the best way to move on once you’re done with helping a beautiful dog find it’s forever home.
I’ve fostered cats before. Eight– er, seven. A recommendation is to try to get her adopted by someone you can stay in touch with, so you can visit her, see pictures, etc. That’s my advice– hope it helps!