What exactly does fostering mean? It means bringing a homeless, essentially unknown dog into your home, caring for them, providing them with affection and socialization, until a permanent family comes along who will love them forever.
Fostering is a very rewarding experience and important to the success of dogs in our program. By volunteering to become a foster home, you are the bridge that allows a pet to become an adopted, cherished member of a family.
While our mandate is standard poodles, in truth dogs in the SPIN programme come in all sizes and ages; some already have training, others don’t. We try to make fostering a happy experience for both the foster family and the dog by matching the dog with a foster home that can meet its needs. Fostering not only provides a healthy atmosphere for the dog, it also helps us get to know their character and behaviours. This information is crucial to finding just the right home for the poodle's personality.
We are an active bunch of poodle people and value open, clear, frequent communications. You are joining a great group of people that are more than willing to help out. SPIN pays for all things medical, will kit you out with all that you need and provide training help with any behaviours you are unable to manage. You will never be alone.
Fostering for our standard poodle rescue is simple, though it does require commitment. Foster parents need to agree to: treat the dog as part of the family, bring the dog to meetings with prospective adopters, and use only SPIN authorized veterinarians if vet care is needed.
Poodle people. Active. Fun. We have even been known to bounce on occasion. 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 a passion for poodles.
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 you helped your foster dog overcome all of those hurdles. You will feel overjoyed that your foster dog found his forever family and his happy ending. And while certainly some goodbyes can be tough, knowing that there is a happy ending is as good of a feeling as it gets! Another precious life awaits. Let's GO!
DEAR FOSTER FAMILY:
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.
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