IT IS AN OPTION
The term I prefer is a foster-to-forever companion.
Some of you may recall the experience we had rehabilitating Ricky. The Rooster, as we lovingly refer to him can be a cuddle-bug. He can also turn on a dime and become quite rough.
I believe, as a foster-parent or rescue organization that it is imperative to disclose fully any concerns that might be deal breakers or result in an animal being returned to rescue. These animals need to be given their best chance for a successful placement.
Including the rehabilitation period, and because Ricky was an unpredictable and slightly older cat, he was with us for several months with only two inquiries. The first did not follow up to schedule a meet and greet, and the second lady had a small child. Small child plus a feisty cat, did not, in my opinion, make a great match.
I sport scratches like some people model bracelets! Proudly.
I realize that seems an odd thing to say. If you could see the difference between the fear aggression Ricky first demonstrated and this new cattitude, you would understand why we tolerate the bad with the good. The war wounds are a badge of honour symbolizing the before and after. A reminder of the work we all did and how it has paid off. The Rooster is not perfect – none of us are. Where’s the fun in perfection?
One day, my husband stopped by the shelter for Ricky to have the ‘once over.’ While there he was told that a rescue would be arriving to take some cats from the shelter. My husband was given the choice: Let Ricky go with the rescue, or keep him. Forever.
That was that!
“Ah, yes, the foster failures” acknowledges Jan.
Says Jan, ‘two of my four are FF’s. My Macie came to me with a broken pelvis and crushed elbow. After months of fostering and healing, we decided she was ours. My Bunny is also a foster fail. She came as a cutie just needing somewhere to crash until she was adopted. With her, I broke my ‘rule.’ We fell in love and adopted her.’
‘My family dog was old and sick,’ says Elizabeth. ‘The Foster walked into my house and laid down on my sofa to watch television with the kids.’
Ruth keeps the dogs that she feels cannot be placed safely in another home.
It was always my plan to make my Foster dog Lucky a permanent companion. I just needed to get him into the home to help my hubby see he was a good fit for us
Do you have a Foster Fail story? Please share below.
Special Thanks to:
Elizabeth Copeland – Water Rolls Up Hill
Jan Todd – Justice For Pookie
Leanne Tucker – Speaking of Dogs