As I’ve written before, I have been a volunteer with MaxFund for 16 months now, and one of the things I’ve always wanted to do was become a foster parent. We’ve adopted, I’ve walked lots of dogs, done events, played with cats…but have never fostered, though I know how important it is.
Well, I’m an official foster parent now, I’m happy to announce!
This is Uma. She came to MaxFund after good Samaritans found her all alone in Barnum Dog Park. No one has come to claim her. When I first saw her, I was immediately attracted to her. She reminded me a bit of our dearly departed Soup. When I went in about a week later to bathe some dogs at the shelter, she was the only one on the list. I am convinced this wasn’t just a coincidence!
I fell in love with her as I bathed her. She didn’t LOVE getting a bath, and she seemed a little skittish when she’d hear a loud noise, but she was very gentle and allowed me to bathe and dry her, and then clip her nails. I had to have assistance clipping her nails because her front legs are sensitive, plus she had a hot spot on one paw, but she was a trooper.
I went home and talked about her with my husband, how much I wanted to become a foster and take her in. We got the blessing from our landlord and put in our application. After waiting for approval, we have finally brought her home, and she is doing very well! You can see in these photos on my personal Facebook page how much fun she and Jasper had just upon meeting!I know my connection with her was right, that she would benefit from being with our family. She even likes the cats…though my grumpy old man-boy is a bit unwelcoming. She and my girl cat have hit it off, too.
Uma’s name comes from the Hindi origin and means “light, peace.” She is definitely a beam of peaceful light in our house!
Fostering is such an important part of saving lives. Rescues and shelters are always in need of fosters to take in animals, help them acclimate to home life and build social skills, and advocate for ultimate adoption. If you’ve thought about it and have the space to have a dog or cat or two crash temporarily with you, it’s a fulfilling way to give your time and resources. You can learn more about fostering with MaxFund here.
And, if you are interested in adopting Uma, we can arrange a meet and greet so please contact me if you have any interest. Let others know!
Owner, Delightful Doggies