Chanel Keleman

Why did you get into fostering?
I followed HART on facebook and made the decision to get involved. I absolutely love dogs and wanted the opportunity to help a great charity out by opening my home to dogs in need. As tough as it has been so far to let the dogs go to their furever homes, it is an amazing feeling knowing that they are getting a great opportunity at a happy life.

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
I have fostered Jill, Pylon, and Irene.

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
Getting the chance to spend time with the dogs. Meeting potential foster homes and seeing the excitement in their faces when they fall in love with their new family member for the first time. Then knowing that the dog is going to a loving home for the rest of his or her life.

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
There are definitely challenges when fostering, and you experience so many emotions that you didn't think you would. However, it does get easier, and the fact that you know you're helping a family, and an animal really helps to ease the feelings. It is such an amazing feeling, and so rewarding to see a puppy or dog grow up and change day by day. You learn their personalities and get the chance to pair them with the perfect home. Each dog leaves you with something, just as you leave something with it.

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
Thank you for loving me.