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Old 11-10-2012, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This may not be the appropriate place to put this post but I think it would reach the most people and, perhaps, inspire some. Why I love it,,,,,,,, volunteering, fostering for Maltese rescue. I'd used the most common excuse, no time, for years. I really don't have much extra time. As a doc at two hospitals, there isn't much time left. But those innocent, needy pup faces. How could I continue to say no? God has blessed me, I decided I could hire help if needed. Surely I could arrange to handle ONE foster. Maybe not that much help, but I could make a difference, to at least one. So I plunged in. And let me tell you it has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. To get those updates and pictures of previous fosters, so happy with their families, not much beats that. And you get to meet some wonderful people. Like today, I did a home visit with an amazing lady who has traveled extensively and lived in many of the places I want to one day. We chatted for hours over the most wonderful tea she made looking at the wonderful ocean view outside her Living Room window. Oh, of course volunteering and fostering can get hectic sometimes, but it is so overshadowed by the joy. I highly recommend and encourage those of you who have thought of it to "take the plunge". Just one, it makes all the difference in the world, to that one.

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Old 11-10-2012, 10:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i hear you loud and clear. I would love nothing more than to foster but unfortunately in my condo complex we are not allowed to even have dogs at all. I got Zoe but have a challenge everyday to get around the rules. Very soon I hope to be able to foster and help all those in need. My heart breaks with every sad story I read. Thank you for doing what you do to help. I donate as much as I can right now to compensate.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a strong desire to foster. I've been working this idea into conversations with my DH for quite some time now. He's of the personality to love absolutely completely and it would break his heart to have a fluff leave our home...even if he/she were going to another wonderful home. I would cope much more easily with the transitions, as long as I knew I could follow up and be confident in the knowledge that the fluff was in a loving new home and being well cared for. I hope you will all keep sharing your "foster" stories, as they continue to inspire me, and of course they make a world of difference in the life of a fluff.

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Old 11-11-2012, 06:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Gigi, there is nothing more satisfying than giving out when there is nothing (the pup) can give you in return! It is a completely selfless act---unlike most other investments.
I love following your stories! Keep up the good work! I know others will follow your example!
Qui me amat, amet et canem meum. (Who loves me will love my dog also.), - St. Bernard
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