I want to introduce you to Steeler.
Steeler is a young energetic pit mix that some of you may recognize from some previous post including:
Dogs, Rocks, and River and Black and White Sunday: White Mountains.
Over the past couple of weeks, Sallie and I have spent a fair amount of time with Steeler as he waits to become medically cleared for adoption. He sometimes can be a behavioral challenge, but he is really smart and responds well to positive reinforcement training.
However, Steeler is having a really hard time in the kennels at NCAL. His negative behaviors towards staff have been increasing and his overall well-being has been decreasing. As a result, Steeler was identified as a dog that would benefit from a foster placement. Fostering shelter dogs and cats is a great way to help your local rescue achieve its mission and you may even help save a life in the process.
The two most common questions rescues and humane organizations receive about fostering are:
1. Why do adoptions groups need foster homes?
2. Why should I foster?
In order to answer those questions, Jane Harrell from Petfinder.com wrote a wonderful blog post titled “What is Dog Fostering”. The following is an excerpt from that post.
Why do adoption groups need foster homes?
There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:
- A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
- A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
- A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
- A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
- A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
- The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.
Why should I foster a dog?
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:
- Freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
- Giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
- Helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
- Socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
Read Jane’s Complete post on Petfinder.com’s blog.
For Sallie and I fostering is not only an opportunity to help the local shelter, but it is also an opportunity to help an animal. The rewards from helping to train and provide for the animals far outweigh the challenges of extra dog walks, extra training time, and the occasional chewed sneaker.
So, I want to once again introduce Steeler.
Our newest foster dog!