Have you ever thought about how many dogs there are in the world today? Between six and eight million cats and dogs are brought into shelters every year and at least four million of them are euthanized. It is estimated that there are at least 74 million dogs in the United States, although it is hard to know for sure since dogs are bred so often and can have litters of up to 15 puppies at once. Since there are about seven billion people in the world, you would think that every dog could have a home, right? Wrong. Why is it that at least four million dogs and cats are euthanized every year? Wouldn’t you imagine that more families could open up their homes to a new furry friend?
The reality of pets.
There are millions of families who have at least one pet. There are even families who have more than one pet. Each day, on average, 70,000 dogs and cats are born while only 10,000 babies are born. That means that only 1 in 10 of those pets will find a loving, permanent home. Doesn’t this break your heart? Have you ever wondered why there are so many rescues and foster homes for animals today? It is because there is nowhere else for those loving animals to go. If reading this information breaks your heart as it does mine, know that there is something you can do to help. Yes, one person can make a difference.
Becoming a foster.
A foster home is a temporary home where a pet can be placed into to ensure that they are kept safe and healthy while waiting for their perfect new family. Dogs are placed into foster homes because the shelters are becoming too full and running out of a space for every dog that enters. I personally know one woman who has 16 dogs in her home as fosters because she could not bear to see them be euthanized. She has dedicated her life to those dogs in the hopes that she can provide for them until a suitable permanent home is found. All you need in order to be a foster for a precious dog is a good heart and financial stability. There are actually animal shelters that do help with vet visits and there are veterinarian clinics specially prepared for helping out a fostered dog. You can do your part to help these beautiful creatures and ensure that they will find the best homes possible.
Fosters do not take in dogs with money on their minds. Chances are you will not receive the money back that you put into your fosters. A rehoming fee is typically present to cover the cost of their vet visits and spay/neuter but the time you spent training and loving that dog could never be rewarded by money.
Fostering a dog can bring you a joy you have never known. You will feel that you saved a life- and you did. Although fostering one dog can seem like it would not bring many benefits, you can know in your heart that you did everything possible to give that dog a better life and that, to me, is a great enough reward.