Foster parents are the front line for our dogs and a critical step in saving more lives. The number of dogs we save depends entirely on the number of people willing to open their homes and hearts to foster them. For some of these dogs, this will be their first experience being treated with love and kindness. But don’t think this is just about the dogs—fostering a dog is mutually beneficial. While you’re rescuing a dog from a shelter or unfortunate situation, he or she can help you, too!
FOSTERING SAVES LIVES:
Compact Canine Rescue is a network of foster homes, not a physical location. We rely solely on foster homes to determine how many dogs we can pull from county shelters, who may be long-term residents and/or at risk of euthanasia due to overcrowding.
YOU HAVE A HAND IN HELPING MAKE THE DOG MORE “ADOPTABLE”:
Often times, small dogs may not “show” well in a kennel environment due to excess energy, or jockeying for attention as potential adopters walk by. While fostering a dog, you are able to provide exercise and stimulation, which in turn creates a calmer dog and in many cases may be closer to what their behavior will look like in a home environment. In addition, you can work with the dog on leash training, house training, or other basic commandswhich potential adopters will find attractive when looking for the perfect dog for their family.
YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE A DOG’S FUTURE:
Shelters and rescues often look to foster families for dogs who may have endured a difficult past such as abuse, cruelty, neglect, lack of socialization, etc. As a foster parent, you have the chance and opportunity to gain a dog’s trust, show them human touch and love (perhaps for the first time!), provide an environment for them to feel safe, and watch them transform before your eyes.
FOSTERING CAN BE GREAT FOR YOUR FAMILY:
If you have existing pets, introducing a dog can be a great experience for them as an additional companion, additional socialization, and an additional playmate! Children can benefit from fostering as a way to introduce responsibility, selflessness, and is a way to educate about animals. Fostering is also a great way to “test” the idea of a permanent dog in your home.
YOU BECOME PART OF A WONDERFUL “COMMUNITY”:
Fellow foster parents from our rescue will help guide you through the experience, give ideas, answer any questions, and may even become your friends! There is nothing quite like sharing experiences with those who do the same and being part of a community of people who have similar passions.
YOU WILL MAKE SOMEONE’S FAMILY COMPLETE:
When your foster dog finds their perfect match you will experience many emotions. There will be joy, laughter and yes, tears. But, when it is a good match you rest easy knowing you made a difference. There will always be another dog who needs you.
Help us in our effort to remove these dogs from the shelter and place them in a warm, loving, comforting foster home and begin their journey to their forever home!