The Journey as a Furry Foster Parent is never Predictable and full of Emotion!
My Kids and our Furry Foster Failure (Brownie)
If you ask my husband, he will tell you that I have become an animal pushover. I don’t know if my attitudes have changed or if I have just given up fighting my first instinct to say NO! My husband has always enjoyed snakes and I had informed him ,over 10 years ago when we met, that I was not a snake person. There is only one thing I despise more than a snake and that is a rodent. Yet if you take inventory in my house we have 1 snake and 1 hamster. Now you see why I don’t know if it my attitude or just sheer exhaustion that makes me give in.
Yet as I am writing this I can hear what sounds like a heard of elephants above my head but in all reality is just 2 dogs playing like it is party time. Our house currently consists of 3 adults, 1 teenager, 1 tween, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster, 1 snake and a fish. We are all happy and cozy in our 900 square foot bungalow knowing that at any time this number could go up. Yes I said go up because I am a Furry Foster Parent.
I will be honest that our family has not always let our fosters go to a Forever Home. We have been furry foster parent failures to a ball python, 2 cats, and our beloved PitBull (Brownie). A Furry Foster Parent Failure sounds like a bad thing to those that don’t know what it means but it isn’t. We did not fail in fostering them, Instead, we failed the letting go part. All of these animals have become residents and family in our crazy household. As a home with multiple pets, I am told frequently that I need to stop but I can’t. Being a Furry Foster Parent brings me a a warm feeling that can’t be replaced. I will always have room for one more and even when I am scrubbing dog poop out of my carpet at Midnight, I don’t ever think of shutting my door. Every animal deserves a place to feel safe, loved and cared for.
As a Furry Foster Parent my eyes have been opened and my opinions have changed on many issues when it comes to pets. I know longer think spaying/neutering is an optional component of pet ownership. Unspayed/unneutered dogs just add to the ever growing homeless pet population. I no longer fear Pit Bulls and have come to realize that many of the stereo types the media continually broadcasts are not as common as they make them seem. Our Brownie is the biggest baby and doesn’t even know what his canines are for. He rides in the front seat, snuggles with the cats, and curls up with my husband every night to sleep. If that is vicious then I don’t know have the correct definition. I have also learned that it is okay that our pets are also our family. Just because they walk on 4 legs and can’t speak doesn’t mean that they are disposable like so many people think. One day I hope, people will began to realize some of these same things and furry foster parents won’t be needed. Until that day our door and our hearts will be open.
The greatest gift a Furry Foster Parent can receive is the loving look of their foster pet. The look that says I know I am safe with you. Thank you for loving me regardless of my bad behavior and where I came from. I don’t have to be afraid anymore. It is not easy letting them go to their Fur-Ever Home because you become invested in them. Knowing they are going to a family who wants them and will continue to treasure them (the way you have) makes the good-byes a little easier.
The Faces a Furry Foster Parent Sees
Being a Furry Foster Parent doesn’t require any advance degrees or special classes. The main thing you need to have is an pen heart and a willingness to help an animal whose life been unstable until they met you. They will need encouragement, understanding, discipline, safety and Most Importantly Love. I encourage everyone ,who wants to help those special furry friends, to find a local rescue to volunteer with and before long you may become a furry foster parent yourself.
I would love to hear your stories if you are a past or current furry foster parent. Leave a comment below with what made you want to foster and how being a furry foster parent changed your life.
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