Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! It has been a little while since I talked about fostering, but I promise that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped. If anything, we’ve been even busier with fostering than usual. For the past few weeks, we were fostering Rufio (formerly known as Lita). We also dog-sat our former foster dog Hazel, so it’s been a full house here!
Rufio is a little bigger than the foster dogs we usually have. She was just over 30 pounds, but she was actually one of my favorites because she was very calm and didn’t steal the attention away from me. She was a little nervous around people, but she didn’t mind being near them. It seemed like she just needed some love, which is how most foster dogs are.
Similar to our first foster dog, Lola, Rufio was going through heartworm treatment. For some fosters, that can make things for difficult because you need to keep their heart rate down for about three months. But Rufio just liked to sleep all the time, so it certainly wasn’t hard to keep her heart rate down. She just found a comfortable spot each morning, and that’s where she laid for the entire day.
Needless to say, Rufio was one of our easiest foster dogs so far. She had been in the rescue’s office waiting for a foster home for about two weeks before we took her in. But once she was in a loving foster home, she received several applications right away. It just goes to show that being in a foster home greatly improves a dog’s chances of being adopted.
Molly certainly isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. She wants to keep fostering as many dogs as she’s able to. Of course, not every dog will be as low-maintenance as Rufio, but all dogs need a loving home. We’ve already taken in a new foster and we’re considering caring for a second one too, so stay tuned!
I’ve said it many times before, but if you’re considering fostering, now is the time to do it. Many humans who started fostering during the pandemic stopped doing it once they went back to work. So, our rescue and many other rescues have a shortage of active foster families right now. The more foster homes there are, the more foster dogs that can be saved. Please don’t forget that!
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