Melissa Schille

Why did you get into fostering?
I have always been a dog person, I grew up always having a dog, so I knew that eventually one day when I was ready I would get one again. Then a friend of mine was fostering for HART and I thought now that I own my house and have a flexible work schedule I can do this too, I wanted to feel like I was helping and what better way than to bring a dog that needs a safe loving environment to go to until they find their furever home.

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
I foster failed with Hunnicut. She brings a tremendous amount of joy into my life she is such a happy puppy she has the cutest butt wag when she gets excited. (her tail is going so fast and hard her whole back end ends up wagging) I also was lucky enough to foster Ruby :-) a little black corgie cross, who went to a wonderful family. I look forward to fostering more amazing dogs.

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
I think that it has been finding Hunnicut (Honey). I was not planning to keep a dog but I totally fell in love with her and her friendly disposition. She is wonderful with Adults, kids, and other dogs. She smiles at me when I get home from work, cuddles with me when it is close to bedtime. She fit into my life perfectly. The other thing is just knowing that I am making a difference in the life of a puppy. I hate to think of how many dogs are not able to be taken in due to a lack of facilities. We were a family who always got purebred dogs and while I have loved them all and they were amazing dogs I will forever be getting rescued dogs.

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
I agree dogs are a lot of work, but the joy that you get from having a dog in the house makes it so worth it. I can be gone for 5 minutes of 5 hours and I get the same amount of excitement as I get greeted at the door with smiles, kisses and butt wags. There is a reason that dogs get taken into hospitals to hang out with sick kids they are amazing spirit lifters. It is hard to give the dog up after you spend time caring for them and you've created a special bond, but seeing them with their furever family and knowing that you got to pick them makes it easier.

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
"I love you too <3"