What surprises me about fostering
The past week or so has been a blur. I think I’ve had a total of 2 hours to myself. We have a lot going on right now and I’m just trying to take things one step at a time. We recently got back from Houston and while we were there, our foster kittens had a sleepover with their co-foster Laura.
This is the second time the kittens have been to Laura’s. The first time I dropped off the kittens to her house, it was two days later than intended. We had planned on a Sunday, but an hour before I was going to drop them off, I found fleas on one of the little monsters. This lead to a minor panic, a rush to Walgreens for some Dawn dish soap, and my foray into flea baths. I had never given a flea bath to kittens before so I had no clue where to start. After a short youtube video and some frantic texts to my kitten expert friend Jen, the kittens got their baths.
I’ll tell you this much, fostering is never dull. Every time I foster, I learn something new. It’s what has surprised me the most about fostering. I figured that once I had done it once, I would know everything about it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. You see, fostering isn’t about becoming an expert at fostering, but rather becoming well-versed in many different animal-related topics.
When I’m fostering a new animal, there’s always something different to figure out. Throughout of my fostering experience, I’ve read about FIV, FeLV, separation anxiety, hookworms, FIP, socialization, leash reactivity, and, of course, fleas. Each animal presents a new topic to learn about. I’ve oh-so-slowly started to become knowledgable about a wide array of things.
Before you run away screaming all foster animals come with a disease or illness, you should know that I find knowledge comforting. When there’s the slightest possibility something is going on with one of my fosters, I spend hours on the internet. Plus, I always have some sort of foster buddy to help me with any questions I have and point me in the direction of a vet if needed.
Not only do I learn about animal topics, but I also am learning so much about myself. If you had asked me two years if I would have been able to give up a dog after fostering it for a few weeks, I would have laughed. I loved animals, how would I ever be able to give them away? But I learned that while it is painful and while I do always cry when saying goodbye, I can do it. I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be. Fostering has made me stronger.
Fostering has been a lot of things. Amazing, exhausting, exciting, enjoyable, frustrating, and of course surprising. There’s certainly never a dull moment with you are taking care of a litter of kittens or introducing a foster dog into your home. I can honestly say it’s changed the way I view not only the animals but also myself. If you have the ability to foster, I highly recommend it.
As you know, this is my bunch of fosters. Currently, the only one still needing to get adopted is Apricot. He was the hardest of the bunch, terrified to be touched and would hide when I came in the room. Now, he’s a sucker for a belly rub while falling asleep on your lap. He’s available for adoption through Lulu’s Locker Rescue and you can fill out an application here.
Bought this shirt while on a trip with my friend Johanna. You can shop the look below!