Ron and I are Canine Coach volunteers here at Humane Society Naples. It is our belief that our job is to make the fur kids at the shelter adoptable… to teach them trust, teach them to love and to be loved without fear. In doing this, we have had the opportunity to foster a couple of fur kids who we felt needed to be a part of a loving home and a chance to be in an atmosphere that would allow them to relax, enjoy life in a home setting… just for a few days. When they return to the shelter, they display behavior that makes them stand out in the crowd so to speak. We always fall in love with the fur kids we foster. Chubby fit right in to our home and we adopted her. Rico was adopted at the shelter soon after we had him in our home. There is always a special needs fur kid that needs just a couple of days in a home setting with love and a giving heart. Seeing the needy ones become more self-confident and trusting… That is what we, as Canine Coaches, get out of the Foster Program.
Save More Lives
There is no more personal and impactful way to help animals than by becoming a foster carer, and Humane Society Naples has a variety of foster opportunities to help save more lives. From giving a momma and her litter a place to crash while they grow, to opening your home to an under-socialized animal, to giving an animal a peaceful place to recover from major surgery – there are many ways to foster and every one means the world to a shelter pet in need.
Opening your home to an animal from Humane Society Naples means you have the opportunity to increase the quality of life for a homeless pet and open much-needed space so that the we can continue to rescue other pets in need. Foster carers play a vital role in the life of their foster animals and are a critical component to the success of our mission as a whole. Simply put, fosters help save more lives.
Fostering is a truly rewarding experience you’ll never forget, and it changes animals’ lives in a very direct way.
- We always fall in love with our fur kids we foster.
I was always interested in helping animals, but my job required long hours and travel leaving me no time for “hands on” helping animals. I made donations, but that was it. I decided that when I did retire, I would work directly with animals and the incidence of breast cancer gave me the wake up call to change my activities toward things I would enjoy. I was retired by then, so I had the time, and the Maryland shelter provided me with the opportunity. Eleven years later, between the Humane Society Naples and two shelters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I have fostered over 350 kittens. The kittens have given my husband (chief helper at kitten nap time) and me endless joy, hilarious entertainment, and occasional moments of sadness. Our fosters receive lots of hugs, kisses, cuddles, interactive play and plenty of lap (and nap) time. We come to love them while they are with us, and it is very difficult to say goodbye as they go on to find their forever homes. In fact, we are “failed fosters” too, in the sense that we have adopted 6 of our foster babies. I feel I have found something that I was meant to do, and my husband is experiencing the human/animal bond that he missed out on as a child. Pat MurphyI have fostered over 350 Kittens.