Two for the ‘price’ of one

I love crisp clear fall mornings like this!   Yes, I know that the calendar still claims it is summer … but as we all know … Canadian weather has always had a mind of its own!

Of course this morning I was especially grateful for good weather!   It is always an adventure to have two extra leashes in hand, eh?     Two more long lines to tangle!   Two more curious noses!   Two rookies just learning the routine!

Lucky, lucky me to have five good dogs to show our new foster girrls the way!     This is the first time I have had two fosters at once …. so lucky, lucky me also that both little muffins are so sweet and eager to please, eh?

Actually, yesterday morning we all thought we were only bringing one new foster here!   Fourteen year old shih tzus like Cookie are always a good foster fit with my eldergang, eh?

The short version of this story is that there was also another wee one there in real need of a new home.      Hazel had just had puppies six weeks ago and apparently was headed for the ‘free to a good home’ section on Kijiji  😦     Under the circumstances, of course there was ‘room for one more’

After all … fostering is not at all the same thing as hoarding!   There is no need to worry that no one else will love them as much as me.    To be ‘afraid’ to let them go when an app is approved!   Really, one of the best bits about fostering for a reputable rescue like ARC is the security of knowing all apps are carefully screened so the best fit is found!

Nor is there any need to worry about whether one can afford the vet bills!    I don’t have to check my bank balance to see if I can afford to get these girls checkups and vaccines!    There is no question about being able to make sure that Hazel has had her last litter of puppies!

To paraphrase the Fab Four … when one is working with a reputable rescue like ARC … all a foster needs is time and patience and love!

To be perfectly honest, for years I did not think I had what it takes to foster!    I really did believe that I loved animals too much to be able to love and nurture one … only to let them go!   Why did I change my tune?

My work with the homeless pet sites really affords me a bird’s eye view of the realities of the rescue world!      I have seen so many Unhappy alternatives when there is ‘no room at the inn’ , eh?   That’s when I had an epiphany and realized that I actually loved animals too much to be able to think that some would die without the foster slot I could offer!

Fosters are like any other cog on a well run wheel.   On their own they certainly would not get very far!   But as part of well run group, each and every foster pawrent plays an important, live saving role!

Let us be clear about one thing as well.   ARC is not the only good group that could use fosters!     Right here, right now, there is not one single group or shelter that is not desperate for fosters!

As a sidebar note to that, all of the best rescues that I have seen were started by folks who acquired a taste for life saving while learning the rescue ropes as a foster!

What time is it?    While you are waiting to win the big lottery to open your own rescue, why not find out first hand what a joy it is to be part of saving a life?

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”650px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss [/dropshadowbox]

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