Share a story about a stray you took in or an animal you once rescued
Most readers on my blog know that our family was, at one time, very involved in dog rescue groups. We have volunteered with Arizona Retriever Rescue, Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue, and Arizona Beagle Rescue. Through the three organizations we have had over 100 dogs come through our door. Some stayed for only hours, some stayed for close to a year.
Fostering dogs is one experience I would definitely rank near the top of favorite experiences in my life. It is really neat to know we were making a difference, and at the same time we got to have an honorary pet. This is GREAT for anyone who is unsure they are ready for a dog. If it turns out to be too much, you are not committed to an animal for its lifetime. If you are going on vacation or need a break, you just let the coordinator know, and you don't have to worry about finding a pet sitter or boarding your dog.
The best part of fostering dogs is being a part of finding the perfect family for an animal. With each of the organizations, we were responsible for filling out information about the dogs' habits, personality, and quirks. Some of the dogs were better off with older kids, some needed to be the only pet, some demanded special attention during thunder storms or loud holidays. It was so rewarding to know that each dog would be going with a family who knew this about the dog and were willing to work with it.
I would recommend this experience to anyone who has a passion for animals. It doesn't have to be dogs, either. There are cat rescue groups, and in my area there is even one for rats. There is no more of a win-win situation than providing a temporary home for a pet.