After yesterday’s high of five adoptions today’s one somehow seems very insignificant but for Ted the 12 week old pup who was adopted it was the chance of a lifetime! Although Ted was found lost and scared a couple of weeks ago he was very lucky that when he arrived at the SPA Lisa and Andrew, one of our best foster families were there to hand over the pup they had been fostering and who was going to his forever home. This meant that there was a foster place free at Lisa’s house and so lucky Ted didn’t have to spend any time at all the refuge.
When a pup goes into a foster home it is being carefully assessed from day one. Lisa would have checked the pup over for any fleas or ticks, had a look at its ears and eyes, its paws and noted its general demeanor. A vets appointment will have been arranged and the pup will then start its course of vaccinations. Like all pups in our foster places the pup is very carefully introduced to other family members both human and animal and so socialization begins from day one. The pup begins toilet training and starts to learn the house rules, where he can go, what he can chew and what toys he can play with.This gives the pup a fantastic start in life and provides a solid foundation for a bright and happy future.
Many people say ‘oh I could never give a pup up, it would just be too hard’ and it is hard. If you’re fostering dogs or cats, you are likely an animal lover with a big heart. It’s so easy to get attached to a dog or cat, even after just a few days or weeks and its hard letting them go, even though you know they are going to a good place. We are very sad every time we ‘lose’ a foster baby but we know that there is now a place for another and so it continues.
We are always looking for reliable foster families and you can decide whether you want to take puppies or more mature dogs, small dogs or big ones but what you do need is time and patience. You also need to be relatively local to Carcassonne so that you can take the dog to the refuges vet for routine appointments. Many dogs who need a foster home need an extra bit of tender loving care and some, in fact most need to be house trained so you need to be prepared for the odd accident. Pups tend to be adopted quicker than older dogs who can be with you for weeks or sometimes months. We do find that when older dogs go to foster families that they are often adopted by the fosterer. This is not surprising as you do form a very special bond with a dog who has needed a little bit extra care and attention!
If you think that you would like to be a foster parent please contact us and we can arrange a time for you to come along and have a chat, it really is great fun as well as very rewarding!
Todays very sad news was the return of Charley. I was especially sad to hear this as Charley arrived at the refuge on my first day of volunteering! He then waited fourteen months for a family and here he is a year later, back waiting again. What a shame for this gentle boy who is a high energy dog who has been cooped up in an apartment with very few walks and little attention. Never mind, now we shall make sure he finds a very special family where he will have the life he really deserves!
Charley is returned after a year..