Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences! LHK9 does not have a physical shelter, so we rely 100% on foster homes and would cease to exist without them. We are approved to have foster homes in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and transport an average of 25 dogs (largely from Arkansas) to New England every week.
By temporarily taking an animal in need into your home you:
1. Increase the dog’s chance of being adopted. By fostering a dog, you are the link between them and a potential home. If you foster a dog, you have the ability to transform that shelter dog into one that anyone would be lucky to adopt.
2. Help LHK9 learn about the dog’s personality. Your daily interactions with your foster dog will help us learn about his/her unique personality as well as about any behavioral issues. It’s hard to know much about a dog when he/she is living in a stressful, scary shelter environment. Placing a dog in foster homes helps us learn if a he/she likes children, likes other dogs, begs at the table, chases cats, barks when crated, knows basic commands, is high or low energy, etc. Knowing all of this info will help us to find each dog the perfect FURever home! Most of our dogs are fostered for at least 2 weeks down South prior to coming up, so you are able to know a bit about the dog before taking him/her into your home!
3. Will appreciate your own dog’s good behavior. Or maybe you will realize the foster dog is better behaved than your own dog! Your dog can be an amazing teacher for your foster dog, teaching him/her how to acclimate to life in a home. Fostering is also a great way to work on socialization with your own dog!
4. Are saving lives. LHK9 is almost always at capacity and we cannot take in more dogs until additional foster homes open up. By taking a foster dog into your home, you actually save two lives: the life of your foster dog and the life of the dog that takes his/her place in the shelter.
5. Give a dog the chance to live in a home rather than a shelter. Dogs get stressed in shelter conditions; they are noisy and provide limited one-on-one interaction. Animals often don’t get enough exercise, training or socialization. With time, dogs can develop psychological issues as pent-up energy, frustration, aggression or boredom builds.
6. Feel good! Fostering a dog is a way to give back to your community and makes you feel good! If you love animals, there is nothing more rewarding than helping homeless dogs.
7. Help without spending too much money. If you don’t have the money to donate to animal rescues/shelters or can’t afford a dog of your own just yet, donate your time by fostering! Foster dogs can be in your care anywhere from a few hours to a few months – the average time in foster is 2 weeks. Just provide food, warmth and security, and lots of love. LHK9 has donations we can provide to foster families and cover any vet bills that may arise. We also have trainers, vet techs, and experienced fosters on our private Facebook page to offer advice.
With the help of our amazing foster families, LHK9 has saved over 5,550 dogs since 2012! But we can’t do it without you. Fostering a dog is not a lifetime commitment, it’s a commitment to save a life.
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