I think the foster environment is a crucial step in a rescued dogs road to the right family. It gives the dog a chance to settle down from what many times proves to be a very stressful upbringing or previous home and it gives the fosters a chance to evaluate the dog in a home environment as supposed to in a kennel or cage, no dog, no matter what breed, will show their true colors in a caged up area, it is just too traumatic.
One of my fosters in the past had a pretty big issue with men in her previous foster set up, we only got her, to see if she did well with children, since I have a 4 yr old and a 9yr.old.
As soon as we got her, we invited friends over to come and be around her, female, male and kids. We focused mainly on men after all, being taht I have young kids, plenty of different kids streamed in and out of our doors, enough of them for her to show absolutely no fear or anger what so ever.
My hubby is a retired highschool/college football player, so a lot of his friends are huge..they all came over, one at a time and she pretty quickly on her own came up to say hi and even let them touch her..her fear wasn't for men come to find out, but maybe the other b's in that previous foster home or maybe something else.
She ended up getting adopted by this lovely couple out of Dallas, he is a retiree, staying home all day..and she is now his best of friend, I never would've known when I first met her..fosteingher an devaluating her in a calm and happy environment, meant that she found her forever home..
Being a foster for BRAT is an awesome way to not only help an organization, it also helps the potential adopter, but most importantly it helps the dog…