The Maui Humane Society has received a huge influx of dogs over the summer and they need the help of the community to house and care for them. Right now, they are searching for short term foster homes and loving families who are willing to take in the dogs and care for them on a temporary basis. The Maui Humane Society has said that they will provide all the supplies necessary, including food, toys and treats. The only thing that you will need to provide is shelter and a loving environment. For full details on the process of fostering and for more information, visit their website here.
Fostering a dog can be an incredibly rewarding, but bittersweet experience. Overall, the impact you will have on a homeless dog’s life by even fostering them for a few weeks is monumental. Let’s talk about some of the advice real foster dog parents have given over the years to help better prepare you for bringing home a stray pup from the Maui Humane Society.
Make sure now is a good time to foster:
The Maui Humane Society needs help, but that doesn’t mean it is the right time for you personally to take on caring for a dog. Rescue dogs need care and attention to thrive. If your lifestyle is super busy or structured in such a way that the dog isn’t getting attention, their behavior often worsens. The best thing you can do is have a discussion with your family, and make sure that everyone is on board with having a foster dog in the house.
Be comfortable with leadership:
Shelter dogs have most likely been through some traumatic experiences before they reach the safety of a good foster home. Dogs are pack animals and they crave leadership from their owners and foster families, so be prepared to establish yourself as the leader as quickly as possible. Your goal is to create good habits that make your life as a foster dog parent easier and that can eventually be passed on to the permanent owner.
Tell the truth about behavior:
In your time as a foster dog parent, you are going to learn more about that dog then anyone else. For this reason, it’s very important that you tell whoever you are working with at the Maui Humane Society about the dog’s quirks, disposition and overall behavior. When a foster dog is presented in an authentic way to potential adopters, they are much less likely to be returned.
If you are an animal lover and looking for pet friendly homes on Maui, consider letting the Smith Team help you find your next house or condo. Contact us today!