Recently, a new foster came onboard and, as usual, an email goes out to the rest of the team to welcome the new foster family and help give them the lay of the land.
One “reply all” response from one of our foster dads really captured the essence of what it is to work in rescue and to foster. Thanks Bill Ziobroski, you brought a tear to many an eye and a round of “hear hear”s from us all.
“People will tell you how great it is to foster, they will try to explain how rewarding it is, they will tell you how you grow attached and how difficult it is to let go
You have no idea, no one can explain you have to experience it for yourself
When your little charge is sick and you nurse them back to health, when they are so skinny it makes your heart hurt you want to stuff them full of anything they will eat
When they are so scared of the stupidest things and shake themselves to pieces
When you transport a bunch from one location to another and one has a broken jaw and another has had a broken neck that wasn’t attended to and now her head juts out funny and you get in your car and cry for a bit before you can carry on
All I can offer you is put your seat belt on and pull it tight you are in for the ride of your life
The joy you will get from helping these little guys move on to a better home and a better life can’t be explaIned or described and it shouldn’t be, it’s your journey you have to experience it for yourself and pass it on to other just as I am doing now
You have no idea what is in store for you, but one thing I do know is it is all good, your heart will swell knowing you did good by these little scamps
Welcome aboard, the best is yet to come
So Proud to be a Foster Dad with the Jack Russell Terrier Rescue of Ontario”
Now if that doesn’t make you want to foster, I don’t know what will! Bill is dad to Scooby and Phoebe and has multiple fosters and transports under his belt.