Fostering Saves Lives
Foster parents and families form the backbone of the work Hope does. In order to exist as a rescue, we rely on wonderful people willing to bring needy animals into their homes, and care for them, while the animals await permanent homes. Foster families have our undying gratitude, deepest respect and admiration. There are never enough foster homes to go around, so each is precious to Hope and the animals we are trying to save. Sadly, we always have more dogs that need rescuing than we have foster homes. Fosterless dogs are literally waiting to be slaughtered in the kill shelters in Romania. These animals are already stressed and most are in need of immediate vetenary care when they are brought in to the Romanian shelters. Although we are working with some great people in Romania time is running out for these dogs, there is only so much they can do to protect them from being slaughtered.
What Does it Take to be a Foster Parent?
Mostly it takes a lot of TLC. Many rescued dogs have experienced little kindness from people. Some suffer from neglect and deprivation; others endured unspeakable cruelty at the hands of those they should have been able to trust. Whatever their history, coming into an unfamiliar environment can be very stressful. Some dogs have never even seen the inside of a house! Foster parents provide safe havens for these weary souls, showing them that humans can be kind, offering them support and encouragement as they learn to be part of a family. Fosters also get to know their dogsâ€™ personalities, providing invaluable insight into the appropriate type of home for their dog. This helps ensure that the dogâ€™s adoptive home will be forever.
Benefits of Being a Foster Parent
I wonâ€™t lie to you, fostering is hard work. Many rescued dogs lack socialization and training. Often they lack basic manners that we take for granted with our own dogs or those of friends and family. Some have never worn a collar, much less a leash, which can make a very comical first "walk." And "accidents" often happen during the first few days, sometimes weeks, in a new home. Worse yet, some dogs donâ€™t seem to understand that they are safe; some are distant and detached. Fortunately, with a lot of love and nurturing, they typically come around. And when they do, you realize your profound impact on this animalâ€™s life. This precious soul that came to you afraid, malnourished, depressed, or worse, blossoms in your care. Because of you, he finds a "forever home" where he will be part of a family that loves him; his own "happily ever after." Itâ€™s a feeling that cannot be described, a miracle, in fact, that you created from your acts of kindness
You, one person, can make a difference. Your help can mean the difference between life and death for a defenseless animal. Will you help us save lives?
If you are interested in fostering a Rommie rescue doggie, please contact us for a initial chat and we can take it from there.