Is Fostering Right For Me?

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Whoa, Wait a Minute ... I Think:

  • I'm Too Busy
  • I'm Too Old
  • I'm Too Young
  • I'm Not Mobile Enough
  • I Don't Have Enough Money

To Foster!

What Does Fostering Mean and How Will It Impact Me?

What exactly does fostering mean? It means bringing a homeless Giant into your home, caring for them, providing them with affection and socialization, until a permanent family comes along who will love them forever.

The benefits of fostering are numerous, and not only a wonderful thing for the Giant and HT-Z Rescue, but can be beneficial to the family doing the fostering in so many ways!

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1. FOSTERING SAVES LIVES

Many times, rescues including HTZ who have no central facility, rely solely on foster homes to determine how many Giants they can pull from county shelters, who may be long term residents and/or at risk of euthanasia due to overcrowding. Fosters are also essential to HTZ Rescue’s ability to help expectant female Giants, by affording them a quiet and comfortable atmosphere to deliver puppies and care for them in those first weeks of crucial development.

2. YOU HAVE A HAND IN HELPING MAKE THE Dog MORE "ADOPTABLE"

Many times, rescues including HT-Z who have no central facility, rely solely on foster homes to determine how many Giants they can pull from county shelters, who may be long term residents and/or at risk of euthanasia due to overcrowding. Fosters are also essential to HT-Z Rescue’s ability to help expectant female Giants, by affording them a quiet and comfortable atmosphere to deliver puppies and care for them in those first weeks of crucial development

3. YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE A Dog'S FUTURE

HT-Z Rescue looks to fosters for those Giants who may have endured a difficult past such as abuse, cruelty, neglect, under socialization, etc. As a foster, you have the chance and opportunity to gain a Giant’s trust, teach it about human touch and love perhaps for the first time, provide an environment to feel safe, and watch the Giant transform before your eyes.

4. FOSTERING CAN BE GREAT FOR YOUR FAMILY

If you have existing pets, introducing a Giant can be a great experience for them as an additional companion, additional socialization, and an additional playmate! Children can benefit from fostering as a way to introduce responsibility, selflessness, a way to educate about animals, and is also a great way to "test" the idea of a permanent Giant joining the family in the future.
When the day comes, that your foster finds that perfect home, the rewarding feeling you will experience is something very special. You will feel a sense of pride, in knowing what you helped that Giant accomplish in its time with you. You will feel overjoyed, that it has found a forever family and a happy ending that all homeless Giants desire. While certainly some goodbyes can be tough, knowing that a Giant has found his happy ending and that another precious life awaits to be afforded your gifts, is as good of a feeling as there is!

5. YOU BECOME PART OF A WONDERFUL "COMMUNITY"

Fellow fosters will help guide you through the experience, give ideas, answer any questions, and may even become your friends! There is nothing quite like sharing experiences with those who do the same and being part of a community of people who have like passions.

6. YOU WILL MAKE SOMEONE'S FAMILY COMPLETE

When the day comes, that your foster finds that perfect home, the rewarding feeling you will experience is something very special. You will feel a sense of pride, in knowing what you helped that Dog accomplish in his time with you. You will feel overjoyed, that he has found his forever family and his happy ending that all homeless Dogs so desire. And while certainly, some goodbyes can be tough, knowing that a Dog has found his happy ending and that another precious life awaits to be afforded your gifts, is as good of a feeling as there is!

So,

Change a Life,

Save a Life,

& Become a Foster

Today!

DEAR FOSTER MOM:

There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love,
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.

I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold,
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend,
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.

And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.

First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go,
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss,
Along came a new family, they even have kids!

They took me to their home, forever to stay,
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear,
No matter how far, you will always be near.

And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on,
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day,
You never really give your fosters away.

You gave me these thoughts to remember you by,
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time,
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.

Ready to Foster?

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