Fostering Makes All the Difference!
This post is long overdue considering that I fostered Peanut almost almost 3 months ago. My first experience fostering was incredibly rewarding, I can’t believe it took me this long to have our family foster a dog or cat!
When I decided to foster Peanut, he had been abandoned, he was tired, hungry, scared and alone and had been in the Trout Lake area for about 2 weeks! I remember thinking “I don’t know if I can do it. I am going to get too attached and it is going to break my heart to let him go when the time comes”. Then I was reminded of something I read prior to joining the Telluride Animal Foundation…knowing that fostering an animal would be inevitable… it was along the lines of “fostering is about allowing a deserving creature into your home, during a great time of need, nursing them back to health, removing the pain of their past… loving, teaching, and guiding them… and then… sending them off to live the lives they deserve.” It means fostering is about giving a dog (or cat) the one thing they have not had in a long… hope. With the simple act of opening up you home to them, YOU are able to grant their one wish. YOU are able to make their dreams come true. YOU are able to save or change their life.” With that thought in my head, I would not have been able to live with myself knowing Peanut was alone in the shelter without the love that he deserved.
So we did it. He changed my life. Peanut was so grateful for his second chance at life, he actually hugged us. As if he were saying thank you every chance he could! Lucky for Peanut his love was contagious and he found he forever home in such a short time! And the truth is that it was hard to let him go and I did cry! But we did it and it changed our lives for the better.
Now with each foster dog that comes through the doors of the Telluride Animal Foundation, I continue to be amazed with what I learn about animal rescue . If the opportunity presents itself to you to foster an animal…DO IT! There’s nothing more rewarding than fostering an animal. That alone should be reason enough to do it. If you would like to support other rescue dogs in need through becoming a foster home or by making a donation, visit ww.tellurideanimalfoundation.org.