Hank's Haven does not have a central facility, and we rely solely on foster homes to determine how many dogs we can pull from shelters, who may be long term residents and/or at risk of euthanasia due to overcrowding. Or how many surrenders we can take, which in turn may end up in those overcrowded shelter.
While fostering a dog, you are able to provide exercise and stimulation, which in turn creates a calmer dog which in many cases may be closer to what their behavior will look like in a forever home environment. In addition you can work with the dog on leash training, house training, or other basic command training, that potential adopters will find attractive when looking for the perfect dog for their family.
We often look to fosters for those dogs who may have endured a difficult past such as abuse, cruelty, neglect, under socialization, etc. As a foster you have the chance and opportunity to gain a dogs trust, show them human touch and love perhaps for the first time, provide an environment for them to feel safe, and watch them transform before your eyes.
If you have existing pets, introducing a dog can be a great experience for them as an additional companion, additional socialization, and an additional playmate! Children can benefit from fostering as a way to introduce responsibility, selflessness, a way to educate about animals, and is also a great way to “test” the idea of a permanent dog into the home in the future.
Fellow fosters from our rescue will help guide you through the experience, give ideas, answer any questions, and may even become your friends! There is nothing quite like sharing experiences with those who do the same, and being part of a community of people who have like passions.
When the day comes, that your foster finds that perfect home, the rewarding feeling you will experience is something very special. You will feel a sense of pride, in knowing what you helped that dog accomplish in their time with you. You will feel overjoyed, that they have found their forever family, and his/her happy ending that all homeless dogs so desire. And while certainly some goodbyes can be tough, knowing that a dog has found his happy ending, and that another precious life awaits to be afforded your gifts, is as a good of a feeling as there is!
Hank's Haven provides ALL of the things you will need to care for your foster dog. We provide all vet care, food, crate, collar, leash, dishes, and some toys to get you started!! If interested, head on over to the foster tab and fill out an application. We need people like YOU to be able to save more dogs!!!
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help dogs in need. Together, we can make a difference.