Monday, 25 November 2013 15:26

Why I Foster

This blog post was guest-written by Katie Burke, an intern and one of our foster care givers.

Becoming a foster family for the Kentucky Humane Society was one of the best decisions we have made. Brett and I both have a great love of animals. Our main reason for deciding to foster was the simple fact that animals are helpless and unable to save themselves when they are in bad situations like abuse or neglect. After doing a little research online and going to the informational meeting put on by the Kentucky Humane Society, we decided it was perfect for us. We decided to foster only dogs and puppies since I am highly allergic to cats. We were so anxious to get our first dog. The email went out about two beagle mix puppies that were six weeks old and needed two weeks in foster. We quickly replied that we wanted to take them, went to pick them up and were so excited! From there, we took on a Boxer mix that was bitten by a snake and near death. We had her for about a month to help her recover. After we returned her, we took on three more sets of puppies for two weeks at a time, and most recently we brought home three puppies for the weekend.


Having these tiny little puppies is such a joy for us. It is so exciting to be able to experience all types of breeds as well as to help out. We have two dogs of our own, so watching them interact with each other is sweet. Our Belgian Malinios loves to act as a mother to the puppies and loves to play with them. She lets them crawl all over her and bite her tail and ears.

There are about a thousand reasons to foster: You get to help out needy animals whether they’re sick or just too young to be spayed or neutered; you get to play with cute baby animals as well as sweet adult pets for a certain amount of time without the commitment of adopting the animals; and you help socialize these pets—which is critical to ensuring they will be emotionally sound, happy pets in their new homes. A lot of times these puppies and kittens don’t have much interaction with other animals other than their siblings, so when we take them home and introduce them to our own pets, it’s like a whole new world for them.

Of course, there are downs to fostering. One of the downfalls for me is that I get so attached to the puppies. I have them for two weeks at a time usually, and when it is time to return them, I get upset because I want to keep them all. I just have to remind myself that they are going to an awesome home where they will live a wonderful life and be cared for. I constantly check the Kentucky Humane Society’s website, and the puppies never stay more than a week before they are adopted to their new home.

If you are considering becoming a foster care giver for dogs or cats, I recommend it 100 percent. It is one of the most rewarding feelings to take in homeless animals and care for them, and then watch them get adopted by awesome families who will care for them just as well as we did.

Interested in fostering? Learn more on our Foster Homes page.


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