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What I Wish People Knew About Fostering Greyhounds

Fostering greyhounds is challenging. It’s heartbreaking. It’s terrifying. But it’s rewarding beyond anything you could ever imagine.  With rescue shelters filled to the brim and so many beautiful greyhounds awaiting their new lives, foster carers are needed now more than ever. I’ve written down a few things that I wish everyone knew about fostering greyhounds…

  1. They snuggle into you like it’s a warmth they’ve never, ever experienced before. There is nothing that compares to the way your foster greyhound cuddles up to you and tries to get as close to you as they possibly can.  Many of these dogs have never experienced human affection or love before and when you cuddle them, they make you want to hold them tight and never let go.
  2. They will break your heart. Giving them up is one of the hardest things you will ever do.  But it’s a price worth paying knowing that without foster carers these greyhounds wouldn’t be alive.  No matter how many times your heart breaks and no matter how emotional you get, when you see these beautiful dogs, who you have nurtured and grown to love, find their happily ever after is a feeling that you will never forget.
  3. They look at you with such raw love, adoration and gratefulness.  Those loyal, trusting, soulful eyes will warm your heart.  In no time at all these greyhounds are able forgive and forget all their past mistreatment and trust you so completely.  These animals have an ability to forgive in a way that humans simply cannot.
  4. They look so guilty whenever you walk into the room! A greyhound who has never been inside a house before, seems to live in constant fear that their happiness is going to come to an end.  It takes time and patience to make a foster greyhound feel safe and comfortable in their new home but it is well worth the wait! Watching their confidence grow as they start to show you their true personality is just amazing.
  5. It’s not as hard as you think. Bringing a foster dog into your home for the first time can be terrifying! You worry that you’ve taken on way too much with the toilet training, the obedience lessons, the walking, bed time and everything else that comes with fostering… The first couple of days and nights will be challenging as your foster dog adjusts to his or her new life, but somehow greyhounds just make it so easy for you! They toilet train so quickly, especially if you have another dog at home who is already trained.  They need very little obedience and walk beautifully on the lead. They adapt very quickly to life as a pet and what they require more than anything else is a whole lot of love and your patience as they learn and adjust to their new lives.

Rescue shelters are overwhelmed with the amount of greyhounds they are taking in and without foster families so many greyhounds would have no future.  Please consider fostering a greyhound, it’s an experience you will never regret!

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