Monday, March 5, 2012

March is Foster Awareness Month!

March is LOYAL’s Foster Awareness Month, and we are encouraging anyone who has the love, time and patience to give a rescued dog a new “leash” on life to strongly consider becoming a part of the LOYAL foster family. We are always on the lookout for new homes to join our ranks; the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save!

While fostering can be a very big commitment, and it can be heartbreaking at times to see a dog that you have loved leave you, the joy you will feel when they leave with a forever family with a huge smile on their face is well worth any short-term heartache. After all, what’s a little heartache when you are saving a life?

Former LOYALite foster Sprocket (adopted in 2011) with his foster dad and foster brother, Digby (another former LOYALite, adopted in 2009)

Fostering can be a commitment of a few weeks or months, but can sometimes be much longer-term. Some dogs come into foster care that require extensive physical or mental rehabilitation before they are ready to be placed up for adoption, which other dogs come “ready to go”, so to speak, and are adopted quickly.  On average you can expect to have a dog in your care for 2-4 months, but some dogs have been in rescue for much longer depending on various factors.

As LOYAL is an all-breed rescue, we can take in dogs big and small, short and tall, and everything in between. We rescue from local and non-local shelters both in Canada and the U.S., accept rescue transfers, owner surrenders, and even rescue dogs from shelters in Mexico. We are truly a “without borders” organization, and this is one of the things that makes LOYAL very unique and an inspiring organization to be a part of.

As a foster home you have the choice of what dog (breed, size, age, and temperament) comes into your home, and you will be joining an amazing group of hard-working, dedicated rescue folks who open their homes to dogs in need time and time again. Our fosters are volunteers who are not paid for their services, except in cuddles and kisses from their foster "kids".

Former LOYALite foster Pickles (adopted in 2011, now "Gizmo") snuggling with his foster dad.

If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent and would like more information on how to get started or what to expect, please send an e-mail to and we will put you in touch with our Foster Home Coordinator who will explain our screening process to you.

We promise you won’t regret it, and it will probably change your life in a pretty fantastic way. In some cases you are literally saving dogs from death and providing them the only love and compassion that they have ever experienced. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face and tug at your heart, then nothing will.

We hope to hear from you soon!


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