Alysa, fostering since 2017

I had wanted to foster kittens for a long time, but there was always some reason I didn't sign up. What if I didn't have enough space in my house? What if having kittens around upset my two cats? What if I got too attached and couldn't give the kittens back? Finally last year I decided to just go for it and give it a shot. I've successfully fostered and returned 22 kittens and one mama cat since then (and counting!), so I think it's safe to say I'm hooked!

Katie, fostering since 2017

There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing that you’ve given an animal a second chance at a real life. It’s even better knowing that they have done the hard work of learning to trust again and you’ve both come out on the other side stronger, happier, and with a greater capacity to love.

Sarah, fostering since 2016

"Two years ago, I was researching ways in which me and my son (5 at the time) could get involved in some community service. I had been told by several places that children were not allowed when animal shelters popped into my mind. I did some research and found Human Animal Rescue to be a fantastic organization that I wanted to support and offer my service too. I have fostered five dogs now through HAR and have absolutely LOVED the experience! Watching these wonderful animals transform and heal in your care is extremely rewarding. My son is so proud and shares with many people how he helps get dogs ready for their forever homes. The staff at HAR are great to work with and are so supportive and knowledgeable. I cannot sing enough praise of this amazing organization and I am so grateful to be a part of the work they do. "

Andrew, fostering since 2017

"Fostering has given me a chance to have and be around animals when my busy schedule permits. I didn't think I could afford the time to raise a dog, and I don't usually. If I know I'm going to be around for a weekend or two or three (gasp!) in a row, I always keep a close eye on my email hoping for the chance to make another fur friend. Putting those animals is loving homes has been really rewarding too! I was even lucky enough to have a friend adopt one of them & get to see that pup all of the time. Every dog I've had has been a very, very good pup."

Beth, fostering since 2017

It is hard to put into words just how much the fostering experience means to me. I began fostering underage kittens and sick cats in 2011, and since then I have fostered over 100 of them (I lost track!). The most common question I get when people learn that I foster kittens is "isn't it so hard to give them up?" It is definitely a challenge to give them back when they are ready to be adopted, but I know if I kept them I would not be able to foster more! In addition, there have been several times where people I know or friends of friends adopt my fosters, so I still get to see them grow up!

Diane, fostering since 2017

We began fostering when a stray, very pregnant cat figured out the dog door into our garage and decided that was the perfect place to have her five kittens. We continue to foster because as a family, it we can look past our own daily challenges by helping something so small, needy and dependent as a bottle fed kitten. We sit together on our kitchen floor and laugh at their antics as they become mobile. My teenagers have spent hours with a sick kitten or two tucked in their shirts as they do school work on their computers, coaxing them to drink a few drops every few minutes. And when they are old enough to be adopted, we share the sadness of missing them and the happiness of knowing we have sent on to a life they otherwise would not have had.

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