After we take them of the street, CARFIES are placed in loving foster homes until they find a home of their own. Fostering is very rewarding as you have the opportunity to directly impact the life a dog who needs a second chance in life. You get to see the changes, experience the growth and best of all, you get to save a life: "Rescue is what we are passionate about so we make time for it..."
Some of our foster families shared their experiences of being a CARF Foster.
"Pancho kwam bij mij met een verlamde voorpoot. Ik kreeg van CARF schoentjes, daarmee konden we voorkomen dat de wonden erger werden. s'Nachts sliep hij binnen zodat het schoentje af kon en de wonden konden luchten. Ik legde een speciaal dekentje op de bank en daar kreeg hij nog een koekje, dan maakte ik de wonden schoon en kon ik even lekker met hem alleen kroelen. Dat vond hij zo fijn! Pancho was een erg dankbare hond. Ik kreeg altijd een likje van hem als ik in zijn buurt was."
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"Friends often ask me if I am sad when my foster dogs leave, and of course I am, but I am also very grateful to have been able to help save a life. From raising abandoned puppies to caring for sick older dogs, I love being a foster for CARF. No two dogs are the same and I find it interesting to learn every dog's personality. The best part of fostering is getting to see the dogs that you fostered get adopted by someone that will love and spoil them as least as much as you would."
"We have three dogs of our own, plus we regularly welcome a new foster dog into our home. We are a very busy family, my husband and I both work full-time and we live social lives. But rescuing and fostering dogs is what we are passionate about so we make time for it. We usually foster puppies, they might be a little bit more work but our dogs seem more accepting of puppies than adult dogs. It's wonderful watching puppies grow and help mould them into well behaved pets. I wish I could save them all, I know I can't, but that won't break my spirit. I look forward to helping many more dogs in need."
"When I first met my foster dog Buddy I felt so bad for him. He was terrified of every little noise and had clearly never learned to trust humans. He was very skinny and although he was clearly hungry as could be, he wouldn't touch his food until I was at a safe distance. I remember they first time he ate some food from my hand, it was a huge step for him. It took some time, but eventually he would wait for me to come home and jump of excitement whenever he would see me. It was hard to say goodbye when he was ready to move to his forever home, but every once in a while I receive some pictures of him which remind me I did the right thing."
Want to learn more? Make sure to also read '5 Reasons To Foster A CARF Dog'. Due to the many dogs that we have currently in our care, we are in urgent need of foster homes. If you are able to provide a temporarily foster home, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.