CALLING ALL POTENTIAL FIRST TIME PUPPY BUYERS!
Often the idea of getting a puppy and the reality are two very different things. This unfortunately leads to many young dogs and puppies being surrendered to rescues and heartbreak all round.
Shockingly, a recent survey showed that one in ten puppies purchased in the UK are surrendered to rescue less than a month after purchase! It has also been reported that the number of juvenile dogs that are not with their original owners 12 months after purchase is equally as depressing.
FOSTER FIRST – DON’T END UP BEING ANOTHER STATISTIC!
The thought of having a puppy can be so utterly irresistible that it’s easy to forget what a huge commitment having a dog is. We see a puppy and instantly fall in love, while our rational side goes out the window.
Foster First aims to get first time puppy buyers to foster a dog before buying a puppy. You can experience first-hand the reality of having a dog and just how much of a commitment is involved in caring for their needs. After all, a puppy is only cute and fluffy for a short time. Puppies grow into adult dogs incredibly quickly.
PUPPIES ARE HARD WORK
Family and career commitments; having the flexibility to take spontaneous holidays; the time and money required to provide a dog with a happy and fulfilling life, for life – sadly, all of these issues only hit home for some people after they’ve brought a puppy home.
Having spoken to many fosterers, we know that being able to experience caring for a dog for a few weeks or months, before making a lifetime commitment has been a real wakeup call. Realising it might not actually be the right time for them to take care of a puppy or discovering that actually a better fit for their lifestyle is to adopt a calmer, older dog is so much better than ending up with regret and having to rehome an unwanted puppy.
TRY LOOKING AFTER A DOG BEFORE YOU BUY ONE
Being a foster carer allows you and your family to experience the companionship of a dog and look after one without feeling tied down for the long term. And of course, the best thing of all is that wonderful dogs get to have a much-needed break from being kennelled and enjoy some home comforts while they wait for their forever home. (But be warned, sometimes a foster dog will steal your heart so completely that you find yourself becoming what’s known as a #failedfosterer because you end up adopting that dog yourself!).
REMEMBER: Once you’ve tried fostering a dog, there is no shame in admitting that the time isn’t right yet for you to commit to having a dog for life. That’s a responsible decision and one to be applauded. The shame would be to rush into buying a puppy only to realise that it wasn’t the right decision for you or your family after all.
You’ll find a list of rescues taking part in the Foster First programme here.