Shelby Henry

Why did you get into fostering?
I grew up on a farm that always had plenty of dogs and other pets. Moving into the city was a big change and started getting lonely without my canine friends around. I attended an adoption event and volunteered, and one of the other volunteers talked to me about fostering. The next month I applied and received my first dog!

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
I have fostered Bullet and Uki

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
The most rewarded aspect is most definitely seeing the progress that the dogs make. You can see the change in every aspect of their life. They learn to become part of a family and even the look in their eyes changes. You can just see how grateful they are.

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
HART is very supportive and has many resources so you know that you are never alone when you commit to fostering. As for the emotional taxes, of course it is very hard when you have to say goodbye to your foster dog. The way that I deal with it is going into it with the mind set that this is saving a dogs life, without foster parents this organization would not exist. Every dog you foster you are giving them a second chance at life and I think knowing that is rewarding enough. It makes all the hard work worth it.

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
If my foster dogs could speak, I think they would say how thankful they are to be in a warm house, with a safe place to sleep and they would tell me how good it feels to be shown so much love. They don't need to speak to tell me this though, you can see it in their eyes.