If you know anyone that is in any way related to the world of rescuing animals you have probably heard the term “Foster Failure” thrown around. Some say it with a laugh and most say it with pride. Why? Because that “foster failure” stumbled upon a secret.
The dog they were only suppose to have for a short time, until it found it’s permanent (or furrever) home, was actually meant for them. Through some twist of fate, higher power, divine intervention, or whatever you want to call, they ended up fostering a dog that was actually meant for them. It’s like they got to be part of some super cool club without even trying.
I think “failing” happens for a wide variety of reasons but usually it all boils down to something just clicking. Maybe the dog reminded them of a dog they had in the past and loved dearly. Maybe it was the silliest dog they have ever met and couldn’t bear to see it go. Maybe they become so protective over the dog they decided no home would be good enough for it but theirs. Maybe the dog gets along so well with their current dogs that they couldn’t imagine breaking up the pack.
Or, if they’re like me, it’s a combination of the above. Don’t get me wrong, I am still hoping that the perfect family comes along for Maggie so that I can continue fostering but if that doesn’t happen soon I will be joining the “foster failure” club too. And I’ll be doing it with pride.
Know any particularly funny or awesome “foster failure” stories? I’d love to hear them!