Frances started fostering for CARE in 2000. She fosters cats and dogs, and also has her own cats and dogs. She became interested in foster caregiving from the realization that there are just too many animals without homes.
What’s your favorite aspect about fostering? Why do you do it?
Finding the perfect home!
What advice would you give to someone considering foster caregiving?
It’s immensely rewarding and takes a commitment of time, energy and love.
What’s your favorite story about one of your foster animals?
Many years ago, there was a big white fluffy stray dog who was hanging around my friend’s farm. She put out food for him but he would not come close to her. She trapped him and surprise brought him to me. She was afraid I wouldn’t take him if she asked me first. Of course once I saw him, I said I’d foster him. Sherman was extremely shy and fearful of people. It took many months of me working with him to help him become much less fearful. By the time he was ready to find a home, he had come a very long way but was still shy. There were many folks interested in adopting him since he was beautiful and was a doodle of some sort and it was the time when doodles were just beginning to be popular. Most people that wanted him were not right for him for various reasons.
His person did come along eventually and was perfect. She understood that shy dogs take time, patience and was willing to do what was needed to help him become confident. I received regular updates for many years. She eventually adopted a mini me version of Sherman. He and his mini me made a happy pair and lived long into old age together.