Will I get too attached to my foster pet?
Ironically known as "foster failures" in the pet rescue biz, these are animals that started out as fosters and ended up being adopted by their foster family. Adopting your foster can be a hazard of the job, and getting too attached to a foster pet is probably the most cited reason for not wanting to foster.
"It's not unusual for a first time foster to keep their foster pet as their own. We [Kim Croom, volunteer of the Pet Foster Network, and her husband Jim] did keep the first three, so we know all about that. At some point in the fostering process, you get to the point that you realize you can let go. Truly, I think they're just moving addresses," she kids.
Indeed, Ms. Croom describes regular fostering as a happy addiction. "You get excited about the cycle. I have talked to people who foster who have children, and the kids are more excited about it than the adults. After a while you get to where you don't feel empty, after each adoption, you just feel full."
As a veteran of fostering, Ms. Croom has learned to consider the alternative when letting go of an animal seems hard. "I've learned to put it this way to people who are afraid of getting attached to an animal: my withdrawal symptoms are not not nearly as bad as the dog dying at the shelter. Fostering and pet rescue is about placing animals. You love 'em enough to let 'em go."
Thanks to Amy Loeffler and Dog Living Magazine.