How long have you been fostering for SAR?
I guess two and a half years now.
How many animals have you fostered for SAR?
A lot (laughs) (we checked. Adam has fostered 31 animals in the last two and half years)
What inspired you to start fostering?
First learning just how many animals are out there who need help. Its staggering how many there really are.
What is the best part of fostering?
Getting to spend so much time with so many different animals. I get to meet more animals that way and spend more time getting to know more of them. I love getting to know them as individuals.
What are some of the challenges?
Saying good bye to them (when they get adopted). Also not knowing what the particular challenges of each new animal are going to be at first. But with each new challenge I learn something new and that keeps making me better equipped to help them in general.
Is there are animal that you fostered that stands out in your mind? Why?
Yeah, Dalton. He was the first animal we fostered. He was labeled as such a problem who would never find the right home. Everyone else’s assessment of him seemed so negative and hopeless, but I got to see just who he really was and who he could be in the right environment… and that’s exactly where he ended up. He came to us under such dire circumstances but there was a happy ending. He’s still doing great in his forever home.
What is one thing you would want people considering fostering to know?
By far the single biggest reason I hear from people who don’t want to foster is its too hard to let go and say goodbye. But that difficulty doesn’t compare to the incredibly rewarding feeling overall. With each good bye comes an opporunity to help another animal and get to know them. They are all special and unique and there are so many who need help.
You worked in a shelter in the past. Did that have any impact on your decision to foster?
Yeah, because working in the shelter helped me realize just how many animals need someone’s help, and it helped me see how many animals do poorly in a shelter environment but do perfectly fine in a home environment.
Any last comments?
As an individual you don’t have to do a lot to bring about a positive change. No one person can do enough to make this problem go away, but if enough people do just a little bit, it makes a HUGE difference. Enough people just doing their part can create incredible change.