Q&A: Find Out What It’s Like to Foster a Rescue Dog

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to foster a rescue from Maltese & More, then this blog post is for you! we caught up with Christine, a recent adopter, and foster, for a quick Q&A about fostering a rescue.

Maltese & More: You recently adopted Bob, now named Benny, but decided to foster Madge at the same time. Can you tell me a little bit about that?
Christine: We had gone through the application and review process with Maltese & More, which includes an interview and home inspection. We were very excited to adopt Bob from Maltese & More and knew they were looking to find a foster family for Madge. So, we asked them to bring Madge as well.

Maltese & More: Sounds like a rescue ride-along.
Christine: That’s exactly what it was. Madge came into the house and was just the sweetest girl. Since she is approximately 15 years old and has difficulty seeing and hearing, Madge would need to go to a very special foster family. And, as it turned out, we are that special foster family!

Maltese & More: What are the first few days like after adopting or fostering a dog?
Christine: It’s important for people to know that dogs take time to settle into a new environment. They’ve been through a lot. They go from a shelter to a rescue organization and — if they are lucky — then to a foster family. Maltese & More is committed to rescuing small dog breeds and many times these tiny dogs have lived through a lot of heartaches. They can be scared, skittish, or standoffish when you meet them. It takes a little while before they are comfortable and can find a routine. People must realize they have to be patient with the dog. That’s the most important thing – be patient and give it time. This is a life change – for the dog and for the family.

Maltese & More: We sometimes hear people say that they could never foster a dog because they would never want to give that dog up. What do think about that?
Christine: Fostering a dog can potentially save that dog’s life. Shelters are always contacting rescue organizations when they have dogs in need – either stray dogs, dogs that are relinquished voluntarily, or dogs that have been rescued from unsafe environments. A dog rescue organization is a lifeline, but for rescue organizations to be successful, they need a community of fosters that are willing to open their homes and their hearts.

Maltese & More: What’s your advice for someone considering fostering a rescue?
Christine: Do it! Complete the application form, go through the interview, and home inspection. Then, get ready to make a difference in a dog’s life and have that dog make a difference in yours!