"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France
There has never been a truer statement. Fostering a dog adds another level to the awakening that Antole France refers to. To take a broken, empty, scared dog who would likely have otherwise died, and give it what it needs, so that possibly for the first time in its life it can be a dog, is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.
In order to rescue the dogs that need us, we continually need new foster homes. SCBR pays all of the medical expenses. All a foster home must provide is the food, leadership, and the love a dog needs. We support our foster homes fully throughout the process. Foster homes need approval prior to fostering, just as an adoptive family would. The process is fairly quick and easy. Please start by completing an adoption/foster application here: Adoption /Foster Application
Here are some comments from volunteers about their fostering experience:
As I first time foster parent, I found great joy in knowing that providing a temporary home for this little guy saved him from an almost certain death sentence. After I got him home, the joy came from the baby steps he took each day. Slowly he is learning his manners. Slowly he is learning his commands. Slowly he is getting healthy enough to find a forever home. Watching him, change from a stray to a pet is an amazing journey to be part of. I was recently asked if it is difficult to bring a dog into my home knowing that I would not have him forever. My response was “I will miss my foster pup when he goes but I take great joy in knowing that I have been asked to prepare him for his forever home.” - Rachel
"Fostering boxers came as something birthed out of need to help boxers. My wife and I work tirelessly at our jobs. We could not be involved in many of the extra activities that the foster group was putting on, so we decided that we would foster boxers in need. Initially, when we got out first foster boxer, I thought we had gotten in way over our head, but now we are on our fifth foster in under a year. We only take one at a time because we feel this is all we can handle well. Fostering is not easy, but it is very rewarding. We have had tough dogs, easy dogs, deaf dogs, and hurt dogs. We have learned something about them and us every time. I can't say enough about fostering and benefits for you and the boxers." - Alan
"My family and I began fostering boxers in need more than a year ago. We have had 9 fosters to date, with one being with us for less than two weeks and another, who was very ill when we got her, about 6 months. She was even in our Christmas card! We have enjoyed every minute of it, falling in love more than once, but knowing that when one of our fosters moves into her/his forever home, the great feeling you get. We have only been a foster failure once, but we know that there are so many in need that if we can help, just one dog at a time, it makes us feel like a million dollars! Attached is Sinatra, now known as Winston, one of our great successes" - Patti & Dick Sutherland
"My husband and I became foster parents for the first time on January 20, 2012. We were a little worried about bringing an unknown dog into our home with our two eight-month-old Boxer pups. Gunter fit like a glove from the first minute. He has totally won all our hearts. If you were considering becoming a foster parent, I would strongly urge you to do so. Not only do you help a dog in great need, you truly receive a blessing to your heart and soul." - Denise & Steven Briggs