One of the greatest needs for animal rescue groups is temporary foster homes. Many groups don’t have a shelter and rely on their network of foster homes to care for the animal until it finds its forever home. Organizations that do have shelters frequently need foster homes for very young kittens or puppies and special needs animals or when their shelter is full. Click here for a previous story on becoming a foster pet parent.
From time to time I will feature stories on individuals who provide foster care for homeless pets in the metro Atlanta area. Sara Jenkins is a foster parent with Furkids. Here is her description of her experience as a foster parent to homeless dogs (from the Furkids Facebook page):
“A few years ago, I was struggling with severe depression. A therapist recommended that I get an emotional support animal. We adopted our dog shortly afterwards and it made a huge difference in my life. Nobody loves you as completely and purely as a dog. He needed me to take care of him, and that helped me to come out of myself and start to recover. Nothing can make you feel worthwhile like a dog with his tail wagging, happy to see you when you come home. In many ways, my dog saved me.
I decided that I want to be involved in saving other dogs because I feel that each dog has the potential to change or to help somebody. I feel like every dog deserves the opportunity to love and be loved the way that our dog has. I cannot stand the thought of how many animals are euthanized in shelters because they haven't yet found that opportunity and as a foster, I can help give the dogs a greater chance.”
Foster dog Maddox getting lots of hugs from Sara’s daughter.