Good foster homes make an incredible difference in rescue. They provide a warm, safe and loving environment – many times for the first time in a rescued cocker’s life. They show that people can be kind and food and water are plentiful. A foster family teaches their foster dog the ropes of living as a household family member. They evaluate the dog’s ability to get along with other dogs, cats, kids and how they handle day-to-day living. They work with other CSRA volunteers to find the best home possible for for their foster dog and send them on their way to their new life.
Without foster families to do all of this for our cocker kids, our success rate at placing them in forever homes would not be as high as it is. Sure, fostering involves a time commitment and a piece of our heart goes with each cocker spaniel placed, but it is one of the most important and rewarding things anyone can do. The phone calls and e-mails from the adoptive homes sharing new first experiences and photos of happy faces make it all worthwhile.