Alison Palmer

Why did you get into fostering?
I started a new, and rather stressful, job this year. Around December I found that the stress of the job was really bringing me down and I realized that I was spending way too much time just thinking about myself! I've always believed that the best way to cheer yourself up is to do something for others so I started thinking about possible volunteering opportunities. The only problem was that I already felt like I was neglecting my own little family, Gwen (sheltie), Manolo (tuxedo cat) and Wee Cat (calico cat) and didn't want to take on something else that would take me away from home. Around that time, my best friend, Rakhi, who is very involved with hart, posted a message on Facebook that hart was bringing in a lot of dogs over the course of one weekend and were in desperate need of new foster homes. Without a lot of thought, I jumped right in! I knew that it would be a lot of work, but it would be work that I would be doing in my own home and that would involve my pets. Also, having a new foster dog at home was a great excuse to leave work at a reasonable time!

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
Halo, Hans (who I adopted), Sophia, Piper, Gala (now Maggie) and Archer. 

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
Seeing a dog going from a scared, skinny creature to a healthy, happy family member. And helping to complete families! 

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
It is a lot if work, but so is anything that is really worthwhile! The positives far outweigh the difficult aspects. 

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
Thank you, Foster Mommy! Now I'm ready to find a family of my very own.