By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human
This post is part of a series on fostering shelter animals. I wanted to give people a glimpse into what it is like to foster and how important it is to both animals and communities. And really, what better way to do that than going straight to the source? There are lots of ways you can support your local foster program -- become a foster "human" yourself, donate money or needed supplies, help provide transport to spay/neuter clinics, or take on other volunteer jobs. Help save lives -- get involved in fostering! In the DC area, visit the Washington Humane Society for more information.
Length of time fostering: About 9 months, 5 with WHS
Number of animals fostered: 7
Do you have a resident pet: No
Type of place you live: House, no yard but right by a lot of great running routes!
Bethe: What made you decided to foster, and how did you get connected with Washington Humane Society?
Amanda: My older sister inspired me to foster. She has been a great pet foster parent for years and has let me help her out along the way. My boyfriend and I began fostering together in September, and we started fostering with the Washington Humane Society in December. We decided to go with WHS because we knew how much they needed fosters and that there weren't many alternatives for dogs surrendered to the shelter.
Bethe: What has been the most rewarding part of fostering for you? And on the flipside, the most difficult?