I typically keep in contact with all the adoptive families and I’ve been lucky to be able to meet up with many of my foster pups after they’ve been adopted. I see the joy that this dog I've loved brings life into their lives and I always know that I’ve done the right thing. Someone told me a long time ago, before I fostered my first dog, that if you can give up your first foster, you will learn that you do survive and that it is ok even though you cry just a little bit for a short amount of time. Truly, I would rather cry than know that an animal died because I was afraid to cry.
The most common excuse I hear is “But I’m afraid I would be too much in love with them and keep them.” Wow, is it really ok with you that there is an animal out there that you think you could fall that much in love with that has to die because you are afraid you will give them a forever loving home?
Many dogs are put down for no other reason than to clear space for incoming animals. Maybe they have medical issues the shelter doesn’t have the means to treat, or a behavioral issue that just needs a few weeks that they don’t have time or staffing for to correct, or there is simply too many of one particular breed in that shelter at the time. Maybe on the day that behavior evaluations were happening, and that particular dog or cat was scared or lonely or just cold. For most dogs and cats, they only get that one chance to prove they have a right to live. Rescue organizations give them a second chance – a voice where they have none. One of the biggest reasons that most rescues cannot rescue all the needy pets out there is a lack of foster parents.
So that is why fostering and falling in love is okay, and why people should consider opening their home and their heart.