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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – It Takes A Special Person To Be A ‘Foster Parent’

Dear Porky and Buddy,
I was talking to my neighbor (who to be honest is sort of an animal nut, if you know what I mean) and she mentioned that she fosters dogs for the Humane Society and then she tried to talk me into fostering too.  I love dogs too, but I can hardly imagine taking one in for several weeks or even longer and then letting it go to another home.  It just seems like that would be so hard.  And how do you know that the new home will even be a good one?   What do you think?

Samantha

Dear Samantha,
Let us just say that we love animal nuts.   They are like angels as far as we are concerned–OK, maybe slightly demented angels, but just the same.  To get back to your question–you are absolutely right.  It is very hard at first to put all that time into caring for, maybe training, maybe nursing a homeless dog and then send her or him on their way.  But foster families do it for the Humane Society because they know that is how to make a huge difference for animals.  They can essentially “save” a dog  (cats too, but you asked about dogs) from abandonment, or a life of neglect, and maybe death.  And when that dog finds a home they can do the same thing for the next dog.

That’s the reward for fostering.  Adoption is great and we love our adopters too–but fostering is a whole different ballpark.  It’s a commitment to be sure–but the sense of accomplishment you and your family will feel totally outweighs the hard work and the hard goodbyes.    So think about it seriously.

Here’s how it works.   You contact the Humane Society  to tell them you are interested.  There is a form you will fill out and then the person who coordinates dog fostering for OCHS will contact you and come to your house.  When a dog needs a home that might be compatible with your house and your family you are contacted at that time to find out if you are available.  The dog will have received a preliminary vet check and all appropriate vaccinations, and the Humane Society will be responsible for all further veterinary care.  If you need specialized equipment such as crates or enclosures, they can be provided too.  You usually provide the food but if there is donated dog  food available you are welcome to make  use of it.

Of course the main thing you provide is love, maybe some training, maybe some specialized home care if the dog has been injured or maltreated.  The Humane Society does all the advertising to find adoptive homes, but your contributions about the “specialness” of your charge are appreciated and very useful.  When he or she is ready for adoption, you get to meet any potential adopters so that you feel comfortable with the new home.

And then you do it again, and again, and again , , ,

You can meet some of the Humane Society’s dedicated foster families at two events that are coming up.  The Barn Cat Boogie, our annual, very casual, dinner dance is September 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Fallbrook Recreation Center, 103 Thompson Road, Oswego.

Admission is $40 per person or $75 per couple, a merer pittance for all the fun you will have!  Then Every Dog Has Its Day on Sunday, September 15th at the  Humane Society’s annual 5K Walk or run and 1M Family Walk and Family and Pet Celebration. Lunch is provided and there will be lots of fun family activities. Admission to this event is free (although you can help raise money for OCHS and win prizes) and you can sign up online for both events at www.oswegohumane.org.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone (315) 207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because people and pets are good for each other!