|A Pitbull puppy waits for someone to love him again|
When a dog has been in a shelter for more than just a few days, it begins to take a toll on them.
# They don't get enough fresh air or exercise.
# They don't get the attention and love they remember when they were in a home.
# Shelter life is so stressful; it's loud, frightening, confining, and it's not a home!
# Some dogs develop behavior issues if they're cooped up in a shelter for too long without a break.
These factors effect them both physically and emotionally, these dogs need a break! Even if it's not a forever break from the shelter, the benefits of getting out of the shelter even just for a day can be significant.
|Sweet Cascade loved getting out of the kennel for long walks! She enjoyed several Day Foster days with volunteers before she was finally adopted!|
Here are some things you can do with your Day Foster dog:
# Take him to a park and go for a long, leisurely walk.
# Take her to a dog friendly outdoor café. While you enjoy your favorite beverage, give her a chew stick, a toy, or a couple of treats.
# Play some games! A great thing to do is work on basic obedience. Make it fun to learn or practice Sit, Down, Shake Paws. A dog who knows a few basic obedience commands can make a big difference to an adopter!
#Take some great photos of her and give them to the shelter for their web site or Facebook page. Post them on your social media sites too and spread the word that an awesome dog is looking for a loving home!
# Write a few notes for the shelter to include in the dog's bio. When you can say she's friendly, loves to play fetch or go for a walk, or knows how to sit and lay down it goes a long way with potential adopters. It eliminates some of the fear of adopting a new dog when you've told them how loving and sweet she is!
|One of my fosters, Howdy, content in my husband's arms. He had displayed some aggression at the shelter, but after 1 day with us he was calm, sweet, and social. He just needed a break!|
If you have just a few hours a month, contact local shelters to see if they have a Day Foster program. If not, urge them to start one!
What do you think about fostering a dog for one day, giving them a break from the shelter? Is this something you'd be willing to do? Please leave us a comment, we love when you share your thoughts with us!