Nick & Kiarra Sampson

Why did you get into fostering?
We got into fostering because we love to help animals. We enjoy getting to know all the dogs and their different personalities. We know they need help and enjoy giving them a home they may not have previously had.

Which HART dogs have you fostered?
We have fostered HART dogs Luna, Xavier and Mercury.

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
The most rewarding part of fostering is knowing you are making a difference. Being able to help these dogs when they normally wouldn't have a home or a meal everyday is extremely rewarding. There are many many dogs who need help, so knowing we are making a positive difference is a great feeling. Even though the dogs can't speak we can see the appreciation in the wagging tails and loving eyes.

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
There are challenges to fostering, but the rewards greatly outweigh any challenges. We always tell potential foster parents don't be the person who says somebody else will do it, be the person who actually does it! Its hard to see them get adopted, but you have to remember that you once you say goodbye, you get to help another animal who desperately needs it.

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
If our foster dogs could speak I think they would say, 'Thank you for everything you do for us. Without you we wouldn't have a home and we wouldn't have anyone to share our love with!

Here is an awesome quote from Ricky Gervais about rescuing animals. "Saving one dog won't change the world. Except for that dog. And you."