Bob and Joann began fostering in February 2011 for All 4 Paws Rescue and the Delaware County SPCA. Since then, Bob and Joann have fostered over 20 dogs. Bob takes pride in making sure he learns as much as he can about his foster dogs so that he help potential adopters make sure the dog is right for their family. Bob also takes his foster dogs to a local nursing home to visit with residents. “Every once in a while I get a special dog, one who is a natural on nursing home visits. He knows older people need his help in order to pet him and he obliges, his eyes light up when they pet him, and he makes them smile. I love that!” Bob says.
Fostering is not without its challenges. Sometimes foster dogs and Bob’s dogs compete for attention and affection, or don’t get along, which can be frustrating. Bob sometimes finds it hard to let the fosters go, but he always lets them go because when a foster dog gets adopted by a family it is such a great thing for the dog and the family. Bob takes solace in knowing a family and a dog will be very happy, and he had something to do with it. And yes, sometimes there are tears
Bob’s current foster is Grant. Grant is what Bob calls a “special dog”. Grant recently met some potential adopters and boy did he turn on the charm! He crawled in their laps and was his happy and friendly self. Bob is pretty sure Grant will get adopted soon, and Bob is pretty sure there will be tears when Grant leaves, but Bob knows another great foster is waiting for him and special love and kindness Bob’s family has for every foster.