“The more we get into foster homes, the more animals we can pull from the city shelters before they’re euthanized,” Second Chance volunteer Dianna Kapaun said.
Fostering isn’t an easy task, though, and it isn’t for everyone.
“Fostering is more forgiving (than adoption) since it usually isn’t long term,” Kapaun said. “But you still have to keep in mind that most of these animals are going to need house training, behavior training and careful monitoring while outside.”
McLellan said the emotional connection forged with a pet can make it difficult, too.
“It can be kind of hard to get attached to this dog who lives in your home for a month or more, and then just have it leave,” McLellan said. “It’s definitely consolation to know it’s going to a good home and it will be happy there, but it’s hard. I think that scares people away from it.”
McLellan came close to adopting one of the dogs she fostered, she said.
“Cookie was super sweet, and she loved everybody,” McLellan said. “She was still here when I got back from (studying abroad in) Tanzania, and I came really close to adopting her.”
Cookie, a pit-bull mix who lived with McLellan last spring, was adopted by a family in August.
Having a foster home helps a dog’s chance of being adopted, McLellan said.
“It helps Second Chance be able to tell prospective owners what this dog is like in a home,” McLellan said.
The dog McLellan most recently fostered, Arwyn, has been with her for just a few weeks, and McLellan is optimistic about her adoption potential. She thinks Arwyn has been in the shelter for so long because her personality doesn’t come through while she’s in a crate.