Carolyn started fostering for CARE in the early 2000’s. She is a dog foster and also has dogs of her own. Carolyn became interested in becoming a caregiver when she volunteered for CARE at dog adoption events. The foster caregivers suggested that she give it a try, as we were very much in need of more foster homes to save more dogs. The same is true today!
Did you have any concerns or hesitation before you began fostering?
No. I was too naïve about the responsibilities of fostering dogs to have any concerns!
What kind of support do you receive from CARE?
Other rescue groups assist their foster caregivers with basic medical expenses, food and supplies. That is standard and of course, CARE provides that, too. What I most appreciate about CARE is the additional support that addresses behavioral issues with foster dogs if/when those issues arise. This includes financial support for training and behavior assessment sessions, and the help and advice from other foster caregivers. The community spirit of CARE foster caregivers, who are not only concerned for the wellbeing of their own foster dogs, but for all dogs in the CARE foster program, is one reason I’ve continued fostering for CARE for so long.
What’s your favorite aspect about fostering? Why do you do it?
There is nothing more exhilarating and more gratifying than finding loving, caring forever homes for my foster dogs. I do love my foster dogs, but because I love them I understand that the very best thing I can do for them is to find them homes that are perfect for them and for their long-term happiness and care. When I find a good home for a foster dog, I am euphoric. And then I have room to help another dog find a good home! The other part I love about fostering is keeping in touch with adopters and learning about how my former fosters are thriving. It is such a thrill to get pictures and emails from adopters that attest to how well and how loved and how happy my former foster dogs are. I miss them, but I couldn’t be happier for them.