Tricia Coates

Why did you get into fostering?
I always knew I wanted to foster dogs since I was in my teens living with my parents. I had heard about fostering in the local newspaper and being an animal lover I couldn't believe that somebody would give you a dog, let you love and care for it, provide all the food, medical care and support you would need for free! I thought it was the greatest deal ever! So I thought for sure my parents would feel the same way about this. Sadly they didn't! But I always held on to the idea of fostering and when I moved out on my own I contacted hart.

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
Sonny, Cher, Baxter, Delta Blue, Terra, Bonnie, Sammy, Sully (I adopted), Bella, Boots, Hazel, Andy, Nala, Teeka, Jupiter, Pepper (baby-sat)... I may have missed a few and the list will continue to grow!

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
I love when a dog gets adopted into a new home. I have had the opportunity to follow up on some of my fosters and seeing them healthy and happy is the best feeling in the world!

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
Everytime I tell people I foster they always tell me they couldn't do it because they would get too attached. I have to admit the first few are heart-wrenching to let go of, but once you do and you keep in touch with that family via email a couple times, you realize that they are OK without you and they have moved on. The dogs don't hold on to things like we do. Now that I have had successful adoptions and have seen many of them very happy in there furever homes, I trust the hart adoption process and I have learnt that when I get that sudden unrational "feeling" that no home will be good enough I have to put it in the back of my mind move forward. Having a dog adopted into a good home and then being able to help another dog is the ultimate reward. If I can do it, you can do it!

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
I hope they would say, "I Love you too!" because I say that to them all the time!