3 Reasons My Family Decided to Foster Animals

Lol A few months back, I started following a couple of local rescues on Facebook. As I watched them rescue animal after animal from kill shelters or off the side of the road, my heart knew that fostering was something that I was interested in. Initially, I thought “when my kids are grown and out of the house, I will spend my time loving on dogs!” Then I talked to my spouse about it and we both went “why not now?”

From there, I applied to be a foster with a local organization. I chose a smaller shelter that is run by two volunteers who work full times jobs and love animals. We started with one puppy who was with us for a couple of weeks before he went to live with a family with LOTS of land for him to run around. I LOVE that pup! I was so afraid I would get too attached & never want to give them up… that hasn’t happened YET. For me, I LOVE seeing them choose their fur-ever family & see them live happy, healthy lives. I also love that I get to continue fostering & helping save more animals as they find their homes.

Here are the three reasons we chose to foster animals:

Teaching my kids responsibility. 

There are a lot of ways that we teach our kids responsibility and I am ALWAYS looking for ways to add to that. While fostering animals, it is an all-hands-on-deck situation. Although I do a lot of the work, I am always recruiting the kids to help clean up messes or take the pups out to play.

Invest in my daughter’s passion. 

My 11-year-old daughter LOVES animals. She currently says she wants to be a vet and I want to encourage her in any way I can. Through fostering, she is learning how to take care of dogs in a hands-on environment.  She walks, feeds, and cleans up their messes to see a  little bit of what the animal world looks like.

Doing our part. 

I truly believe it takes us all to take care of our town. This is a small way for our family to help these animals. We are able to love them & take care of them to keep them out of kill shelters & help them find a fur-ever home of their own.

So far, we have greatly enjoyed our fostering journey and are looking forward to many pups to come!

Tiffany is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Desmond. Together they get to play the roles of Mommy and Daddy to Micah, a gifted Math Wiz of a teenager who is always making people laugh, and Keilyn, a spunky, flower loving, dancing girl who will stop and talk to anyone she meets. She was born and raised in Baton Rouge and has Cajun blood running through her veins. She works full time outside of the home in business administration. She started the journey of motherhood young but wouldn’t have it any other way. Her children have taught her to laugh, play and that sometimes it’s ok not to have a plan! She has a passion for teenagers and is an active mentor in her church’s youth group. In her rare free time she enjoys shopping, coffee, and date nights with her husband. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and enjoys meeting new people, making people laugh, and spending time with friends and family.


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