I can’t foster. I’d find it too hard to let them go!

That’s what I thought the first time I fostered, and I still feel that for the first few days after a foster dog moves in to their forever home. There’s always a big empty space when the door shuts behind a dog moving on…but

every time a new one moves in, I fall in love all over again

each time, I’m reminded that these are just normal dogs who have had the misfortune of being neglected, abused or abandonned.

while they’re with us my life is richer because I see life through the eyes of a dog who may not have slept on a comfy bed, run through grass, snoozed at someone’s feet, swum in a river or played with a ball

and when they leave us and I get news that the dog has settled in, I relax and I’m ready for the next one.

Foster homes make a huge difference to the chances of a dog finding the right home for them. In a refuge environment, dogs may be stressed, bored or frustrated, whereas in a home environment it’s easier to assess their true personality. Some dogs are at risk of euthanasia if they are old, snappy (often merely due to anxiety or stress) or just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

There are associations and refuges all over France who would be interested to hear from you if you would like to foster a dog or a cat.

Now would be a good time to get in touch as places are full and this increases the risk of animals being euthanised so, if you’re in the area, why not pop along to the Hope Booksale this weekend in 79190 to have a chat about fostering (or adopting!)

You can speak to Emma who will be representing Mornac SPA in Angouleme and to Caroline representing Orfee, the association saving dogs from a number of pounds around Poitou-Charentes.

Orfee, specifically, are at crisis point at the moment with a number of dogs at risk because they don’t have enough foster homes to save all of the dogs passing in to their pounds.

For example, Duffy, a friendly Shepherd X

Duffy

or Chester, an extremely frightened Beagle

Chester

Contact details can be found on the respective websites and we’re always delighted to hear from you through the LAARF email address.

LAARF website

Email: info@LAARF.com if you are interested in fostering, but are outside Poitou-Charentes region.

Mornac SPA website

Orfee website

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