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    So Ill try and make a long story short.

    I am a very motherly person. I have 3 kids, id love more, but financially and physically i cant have any more. Was very sick with my last 1 and i couldnt personally go through that again. I always wanted 4 kids, so Boss is like our number 4. I love the idea of having 2 dogs (would love more though cant in our shire). I would love to breed, but i dont know the first thing about puppies, and am not prepared to be a back yard breeder as i dont agree with them. But i would still love to be involved in the puppy process, if that makes sense.

    So i have been thinking of volunteering at a dog/cat shelter. I have also approached the subject of fostering dogs with my husband. He works away so all the responsibility is on me. How do i go about this? Do i just approach the local shelter?
    i just want to help and to giveback a bit. i thought at least this way im not bringing more unwanted dogs into the world, im helping ones already here

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    3+dog

    The local shelters like RSPCA and AWL aren't rescue groups and they don't usually do "fostering". But if you have a look at Pet Rescue website there is a big list of rescue groups listed by state and I would look through some of those and pick one that you like and contact them. The website also has a link for Volunteer positions available.

    The PetRescue Shelter Directory | PetRescue

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    Thats the website i was looking at that made me think of it as i didnt realise that they even was such a thing as fostering!
    Swan Animal Haven
    This is the local shelter to me, I think i will start there, and see what they say.

    This is total novise question and you may not be able to help. But do you think it would be ok to bring the kids with me. They are both very quiet kids and great with little dogs, bigger ones tend to knock my 2 yr old over! She' snot really into that! LOL

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    I'd phone and ask the shelter. You might want to visit without any extras, the first time so you get the feel for the place and whether you'd want your kids to see it.

    But ideally, you'd take your kids, partner and your dogs to meet any potential foster dog that you want to bring home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3+dog View Post
    Thats the website i was looking at that made me think of it as i didnt realise that they even was such a thing as fostering!
    Swan Animal Haven
    This is the local shelter to me, I think i will start there, and see what they say.

    This is total novise question and you may not be able to help. But do you think it would be ok to bring the kids with me. They are both very quiet kids and great with little dogs, bigger ones tend to knock my 2 yr old over! She' snot really into that! LOL
    The Swan animal haven would be a great place to start and they were always looking for volunteers and donations at one stage. Dont know if they foster though. There are a number of rescues I think in Perth that are often looking for foster homes. I got my rescue from a foster home.

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    I really think Foster people are great and do an awesome job, but I am a foster failure many times over......Mine end up staying forever. I am just not able to give them up. I love working with the rescue (newf rescue for us). But now I don't even pretend to Foster and just say I will take on another Rescue.
    But good for you for giving it a go
    Pets are forever

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    Fostering is great, but like the last poster my last foster ended up staying... lol... however I have fostered quite a few dogs in the last couple of years and I love it... I love watching them come out of their shells and learnt to love and trust again and sometimes even play... your kids will love it too... a couple of points I've learnt... give them time to settle often they just want to be alone for a few days... and give them a flea treatment before you bring them into your house... I usually bath them at the dog wash to get rid of any fleas and that works well... you and your family will gain a lot of pleasure, it can sometimes be hard to see them go, but keep the next foster in mind when that happens... btw there are lots of places looking for foster homes on f/b start at pets haven...

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    Foster is excellent but keep in mind if you bring home a dog it is likely to have kennel cough.

    I foster kittens (I currently have a mum and three kittens living with me) who brought my two permanent cats cat flu. My only advice is brace yourself for vet bills. In one week I visited my vet 5 times. It can get extremely pricey - it also might not but you should be aware of it (nobody told me!)

    It is a great thing to do but it can be very stressful and time consuming. And don't forget to have some mummy time with your permanent pets. It is easier to say goodbye that way.

    Good luck

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    Also if you are interested in helping and not brining a dog home some places need dog walkers - That sounds fun to me but I just don't have the time (Johnny would get jealous too!). Also some foster groups need transportation assistance so if you have a car you can help in that way as well. Just don't get roped into doing any cross state ones - now those would be pricey/time consuming!

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