Puppy Adoption and Fostering

If you’ve never raised a puppy before puppy fostering might be a better choice then puppy adoption. Puppy fostering is fun and rewarding. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that you saved the life of a puppy who otherwise would have been euthanized at the shelter. In many cases the rescue you work with will cover all of the necessary expenses while you provide the love and the care.

Here are a few reasons to become a puppy foster:

  1. Puppy fostering can be for a short period of time. Puppy adoption lasts the life span of the puppy/dog (most likely 10+ years)
    • We fostered a litter of 7 puppies (4 weeks old when I received them). All 7 puppies were adopted to wonderful families in less than 2 months. Take a look at the group of puppies we fostered below.
    • We fostered a four year old German Shepherd for 2 weeks until she moved to another foster home.
    • We fostered a litter of two puppies and the mother for one week until they could be placed in another foster home.
  2. You can foster puppies and adult dogs and see if you enjoy the rigors of puppyhood or prefer an adult dog that is already out of their adolescent stages.
  3. Who knows the puppy/dog you are fostering might be the perfect dog for you.
  4. Puppy fostering also will give you a chance to work on your puppy training. You will have the chance to see how easy or difficult it can be to train a puppy.

German Shepherd PuppiesEveryone who’s raised a puppy in the past knows that it is a lot of work. Puppy fostering is a great way to find out if you really are ready to adopt a puppy. I periodically volunteer with Cuddly Canines, a local puppy and dog rescue. They mainly focus on rescuing litters from the Riverside, California shelter. I’ve had the pleasure of fostering several different puppy litters and dogs. Puppy fostering is definitely rewarding and I would highly recommend it to any dog lover. Here’s some information straight from the Cuddly Canines website:

There is no stronger link in the rescue chain than the foster home. Quite simply, we cannot save lives without them! Fostering is fun & very rewarding, knowing you have saved the life of a dog (or puppies) who would otherwise not have a chance of surviving. You provide the love & care, we provide all necessary expenses. If you are interested in fostering, please contact us. Send us an e-mail, telling us a bit about yourself, where you live, your phone #, do you have kids, other pets, etc.

Puppy fostering can be a lot of work, but it is well worth it. Cuddly Canines is always looking for foster homes so if you are interested please contact them by going to their website http://www.cuddlycanines.com. Also remember that it’s never too late or too early to start your puppy’s/dog’s training.

I’d love to hear what you think. Have you ever fostered or adopted a puppy/dog? Have you ever rescued a puppy/dog from a dog shelter or rescue?

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