Last week I shared the benefits of fostering and introduced you to my latest foster, Pepper. I also promised that her story would have a happy ending. In reality, Pepper finding her forever home isn't an end at all -- It's a wonderful new beginning! Naturally, our parting pulled at my heart strings. I will miss the little spice girl but I'm thrilled to have been a part of her journey.
I'm often asked about the possibility of becoming too attached to a foster friend that you eventually plan to relinquish. Fostering is not for everyone, and as animal lovers we can of course get attached -- it's natural. Certainly if it's a good fit to adopt your foster, then the rescue group can help you decide that. For me personally, I am of the mind that if a great home can be found for my foster, than I can weather the transition knowing I have space to step up in the final hour for another worthy critter in need.
Actually, I have often stayed in touch with many a grateful adopter. I get periodic reports, photos and holiday cards showcasing the happy little mugs of those I've helped save. It feels good to be a link in that chain and it reminds me of the importance of keeping a space to always help more in need.
To learn more about fostering an animal in your area, visit AdoptAPet.com.
Dr. Pia Salk