The time and trouble you invest in gathering those fosters from shelters or wherever and spend getting them over their health problems is a lot, but wow, it would pale in comparison to the time and trouble you must face housebreaking them and teaching them basic indoor manners. I admire it so much. Housebreaking puppies is my least favorite task, but housebreaking an adult dog would be so much more frustrating because their needs are less predictable and they aren't as eager to please as puppies. And to teach them to mind manners and soothe them into showing personality to make them good pets...MUCH harder than those undamaged puppies.Hello
I have mentioned this before, but as a poodle rescuer, having a foster dog come into our home is LIKE having a puppy. Nearly every time a needy foster dog arrives, I think 'what have I done? Can I rehabilitate this dog?" I have no idea what the personality is going to be. Will he/she play? Is he/she aggressive, especially on groom table? How much effort is it going to be to potty train this dog? Is he/she going to eat? Kennel training, here we go again! Sleepless nights (just a few), spay/neuter surgery risks, compatibility to our dogs, Leash training...
I can honestly say we have fostered over 40 dogs and all were wonderful house pets when it was their time to go to permanent homes. All kennel trained, leash trained, properly fed (pounds gained, pounds lost), on a strict schedule, accustomed to grooming and socialized. This comes at a complete loss of sleep, time invested and hours of rehabilitation. They were all worth it, every one.
How did we make it through over 40 times? The families who graciously went thru the adoption process, who came out on the other side smiling, the first meeting of their new pet. The photographs I took of that very first introduction, THAT is what keeps me going.
PS. TO those of you who have adopted a rescue dog, PLEASE keep your foster/rescue apprised of your new pet. A short email, a photo, an update means so much to us who loved your pet first! It's those words of a dog's new life that really keep rescue going. It means a LOT to us.