All it took was an email that had been forwarded many times. A Treeing Walker Coonhound named Leroy was looking for more time. He was about to be euthanized for no fault of his own but rather a lack of space at an out of state shelter that couldn’t care for him anymore.
His sweet face said it all, “Do you have some time to give me another chance at life? I don’t know why this happened to me. I guess I was just unlucky or at the wrong place at the wrong time.” As I sat at my computer I thought, “There is no way I could foster this animal. I already have two dogs of my own and what if it turns out to be a complete disaster?”
I was also worried about getting too attached and not being able to give him up. Knowing myself and my love for animals I think I was more worried about the emotional attachment I would form for this animal and hence become a “Foster Failure” than the time and commitment it may take.
Well the story continues and I decided to say yes to foster and giving this dog a second chance at life. I had no prior experience with Coonhounds so I was a bit apprehensive. As it turned out, he was just another dog with a funny howl who REALLY liked food! Three weeks later we met his potential family who fell in love with him at first sight and I had to say good bye. His bark has left a lasting impression that my family still laughs about all the time.
Since my first encounter with fostering, I have managed to continue my passion and have successfully fostered 14 more dogs; anything from another Coonhound to a variety of small breed puppies. Each of them holds a special memory and a special place in my heart. This experience has also brought me in contact with some of the most amazing and caring people who have come together to form this organization that rescues these animals for a chance at a better life.
For me the hardest part isn’t the extra work of caring for the animal but the love you feel for these animals when they do find their forever home and you have to say goodbye. It’s an experience and a feeling I will never forget and an addiction I don’t plan on giving up because I truly believe that The Best Things in Life Are Rescued. Fostering doesn’t take much, just love and care. Don’t be shy, give it a try. I promise; you won’t regret it and it will change your life forever!