Bark Out Loud for Your Pet Foster Families

Woody, a senior hound mix was adopted by his foster mom

Why foster a senior dog?

Fosters keep hope alive for homeless pets who would otherwise languish in the stressful environment of shelters. Sometimes it's that very break from the shelter chaos that allows the dog to regain enough of their former sparkle so that others, looking for a great dog, can recognize their brilliance.

Keep in mind the very special nature of the adopters of each of these senior dogs.

Foster parents all over San Diego are choosing senior dogs

Woody, likely over ten years old, is not one of those cases. Despite being a long time shelter resident, Woody always put his best paw forward when meeting new people and animals. After a long time in the San Diego North County Shelter, he got a foster mom who spoiled him rotten and was ultimately adopted by a long time animal lover who all of the folks in my rescue know. I walked Woody several times at adoption events and he's the perfect type of senior dog: relaxed and reclined much of  the time, but ready to spring into action whenever called into action.

Sasha, a senior red shepherd mix, finds a home
There are worse things than failing being a "failed foster" to an animal, when failing means deciding to adopt that animal permanently.

Our girl Sasha, over ten, is the victim of a "failed foster", but don't worry, it's not a fatal as it sounds. A "failed foster" is a situation where the animal's foster parent decides to keep the animal. Sasha has been living in a great home, going to the park every day, and getting to play with her  new furry sister on a regular basis.

In regards to that furry sister, I've seen them both playing together, and despite having at least seven years on her younger sibling, Sasha is almost always the instigator of their play sessions.

Just ask Brogan. It doesn't get any better than being rescued, cured, and adopted.
Brogan, seven years old, was pulled by The Dog Squad Rescue several months ago after being dumped weak and suffering from a massive skin infection by his former owner.

The rescue reached out to the Corgi Meetup group, where a foster with another Corgi was found. Brogan turned into another failed foster and everyone involved couldn't be happier.

Although Brogan and his brother, Chunk couldn't be more different, they bonded immediately. Brogan is steadily regaining his strength and spends plenty of time chasing his brother around the house these days when he isn't lounging in his favorite chair.

Star (sorry, no picture yet), seven years old, was fostered after meeting her at an adoption event. This is an important one, because people see "adoption" at events and don't think to ask other ways that they can help. Stars parents have a great home and she now lives with them and her furry brother, also in the six to seven year old range.

There are so many great folks throughout the world that are doing the right things by our senior dog population that I'd like to say, "Thank you" on behalf of our canine companions. This site was started to bring people like us together, so I'm interested in hearing your own stories of older dogs whether they be fosters, adoptees, or just long time family members whose silver chins great you as you walk through the door everyday. Check out the Contact Us page for this site to share your own tales of senior dogs. All of the readers here would love to hear more.

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