Joy started fostering for CARE in April 2017. She fosters dogs and also has her own dogs as pets. Joy’s desire to save lives got her interested in being a foster caregiver.
Did you have any concerns or hesitation before you began fostering, and if so, how has it played out for you?
There were many, but the one that stands out to me the most: Do I have what it takes to prepare an animal for family living, when they are likely unused to living inside with a family? My mentor is phenomenal, worked with me and assured me I had what it takes. And I did, the first was the most difficult and you learn as you go. Most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
What kind of support do you receive from CARE?
I have 100% support. All costs are covered. I supply love, care and time.
What’s your favorite aspect about fostering? Why do you do it?
I love dogs! I do it to save as many lives as I can.
What advice would you give to someone considering foster caregiving?
Fostering saves lives. Don’t focus on being heartbroken when they leave; it just frees you up to save another. I get attached to all of mine, but am able to let them go so I can bring in another.
What’s your favorite story about one of your foster animals?
I was asked to foster this tiny dog, but I am the ‘big dog’ foster home. I was definitely not sure what to do with a 6-pound dog. Turns out she was full of spice and sass – she fit right in! One of the best ‘yeses’ I’ve given. This wee girl stole my heart easily. She has found her forever home with an amazing couple.