Fostering a dog can be the most rewarding aspect of rescue – it can also be the
most difficult. Some dogs are not in good condition when they come into rescue –
the emotional and physical scars can be hard to witness. As a foster home, you
have the responsibility (with support) of evaluating and rehabilitating your foster
dog. It is not always easy to nurse a dog through an illness or help it to overcome
behavioral issues. Bonding is an important part of this recovery process, and that’s
what makes the final outcome in some ways the hardest part of rescue – when your foster
dog is ready to be placed and the time comes to say goodbye and send your dog to its adoptive home.
Not everyone has the emotional fortitude to do this – this is why many people end up adopting
their foster dogs! But the need continues, and good people continue to step forward to lend
a helping hand to cairns in need. Foster homes are the heart of any rescue program, rescue
truly would not be able to exist unless people are willing to open their hearts and homes.
We hope you will consider volunteering to foster for the Cairn Rescue League. We offer support
throughout the fostering process. We take care to match you with a dog that will fit into your
household. We are always available to answer any questions you might have. Pre-approved
expenses will be paid directly or reimbursed.
And when your dog is ready to be placed, we value your input into the placement process.
You will have the opportunity to review applications as they are received, and we would
like you to have at least one conversation with the potential adoptive home. You know
your foster dog best – you are the person who is best able to answer any questions, and
you are the best judge as to whether the potential home would be a good match for your
dog. We encourage our foster homes to stay in touch with their foster’s adoptive home,
as long as the adoptive home is willing.
Yes, fostering is a responsibility, but it is a labor of love. There really is nothing
more rewarding than knowing that your foster cairn has gone on to the loving home it so
richly deserves – watching the dog you have nurtured so carefully really come into its
own. Please consider filling out a foster home application. We need you!