Holly has an amazingly long tenure as a CARE foster — since the early 1990’s! She fosters dogs and also has dogs and cats of her own. Holly became interested in fostering for CARE from her friend, and fellow CARE foster, Frances.
Did you have any concerns or hesitation before you began fostering, and if so, how has it played out for you?
I was only concerned about bonding with a foster dog and then having a hard time saying good-bye.
What kind of support do you receive from CARE?
Back then, there was little support for caregivers. We bought food out-of-pocket but CARE provided wormer and vaccines. The resourcing of foster homes had improved dramatically over the decades.
What’s your favorite aspect about fostering? Why do you do it?
Caring for and socializing a dog and then facilitating their adoption as a new member of a family.
What advice would you give to someone considering foster caregiving?
Being a foster caregiver is extremely rewarding. But don’t underestimate the amount of time and energy required, and some wear and tear on your home.
What’s your favorite story about one of your foster animals?
There are too many great stories to pick just one.