My journey with PMRF started when we adopted our puppy from them in November of 2016. I was so impressed with their knowledge and support while we were going through the adoption process. After speaking with some of the volunteers, I realized how in need of foster homes they really were. My husband, Dylan and I agreed that as soon as our puppy was house trained we would open our hearts and home to foster some of these sweet animals. I am a stay at home mom with a 4 year old and 6 year old so it was the perfect opportunity to commit to helping, training and loving animals while teaching my kids a valuable lesson. We do have the power to help homeless animals and make a huge difference in their lives.
We have had puppies, young dogs, older dogs and now we have our first litter of orphaned kittens. It is so rewarding being able to watch a scared dog come out of their shell and turn into a giant snuggle bug with an amazing personality. We haven’t had a bad experience with fostering stray or surrendered dogs. Every single one of them has ultimately wanted only be loved and enjoy our company. Originally we thought it would be hard to let the dogs go after we have bonded with them and grown to really love them but seeing a happy new family come to pick them up and give them a loving forever home is the best reward and completely fills our hearts with joy.
Our first foster was a dog named Swiper, he was an older small black lab cross and he came to us very shut down and afraid. As soon as he got to our home he was smiling, greeting my kids with licks and nuzzles. He quickly became my 4 year old's best buddy and he would always supervise him while he was playing and keep watch over him when new people came close. Swiper ended up in a family with children the same age as my own and this was the most perfect home for Swiper! Only tears of pure joy after he left our home.
Right now we are fostering a litter of 4 two week old orphaned kittens. This is definitely the most rewarding experience as a foster family so far, watching them get stronger and learn is just amazing.
Originally I thought fostering would be a temporary thing for my family while I was a stay at home mom, but we love it so much that we are going to continue fostering. I've learned that it is possible with 2 working parents to still provide loving homes for foster cats and dogs. Thank you PMRF for allowing our family to be a part of your foster team, teaching us about behaviour, training techniques and showing huge amounts of support every step of the way.