Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth weeks in foster!
Our last couple of days together – Wiggles has been spayed and will continue her journey with her CHS fan club until her real family comes to pick her up.
More tears – I have never cried so much as I have since becoming a foster parent. Why do I keep doing this to myself? To everyone who has told me they would never be able to foster as they would “adopt everything” I totally understand. To all the “foster failures” I have met, I understand as well because sometimes that fur\feather\scale baby is just meant to be with you.
I thought I had built up some immunity being a Dog Walker in Adoptions and Holdings and had gotten over wanting to take every dog I met home with me. I haven’t – I would keep them all if I could. So as I sat on my couch with this cuddle bug lying on her back across my lap I questioned why I would cause myself the grief of taking her back to CHS.
What rewards are there for me to keep doing this to myself?
Rewards? There are many…
The greatest is the knowledge that I helped an animal find a forever home – after the tears dry I really feel the warm fuzzies inside. I helped a creature who was abandoned, abused or surrendered find the forever family that has been waiting for them. It is a pretty cool feeling and it only increases with each new foster. I have pictures of all “my” babies who spent some time with me and every time I look at them I think “Hey I helped make a positive difference in their lives – me, I did this – I helped!” I did not do this alone as there is a fantastic CHS team but I HELPED!
I have the ability to give:
A cat with URV a place to recover
A dog who growled at all who approached him a real home with car rides and daily walks
A shy animal the chance to feel comfortable around someone and learn how to trust people
A mom and her kittens a place to grow as I spend my days laughing because of their antics… even as they climb up my bare legs
My most recent experience: puppies being born in my own house and actually being able to assist their mom as she brought them into this world. Cuddling them all, watching them grow and having them react to my voice and cry for my attention made me feel just like a proud grandma. And having Wiggles stay with me for a bit longer after the puppies returned to CHS and being able to watch her recover and act like the puppy she truly is was truly rewarding. We definitely had a few issues but the daily laughter erased all of them.
In its most basic form, being a foster allowed me to have an animal companion at no cost to me at all. All I had to provide was a home, time, love and attention – everything else was supplied for me. CHS has made it very easy for me to have a pet all the time – someone that needs me and someone I need as well.
Every tear is worth what I get in return – the warm fuzzies I feel inside. These are my rewards.
Interested in becoming a CHS foster parent and having foster adventures of your own? Learn more on our website today!