Will I get an animal with behavior issues?
An organization will not knowingly hand over a Tasmanian Devil dog to you (at least not without discussing it with you first!) And often rescue groups have relationships with trainers who are equipped to deal with behavior problems. If you choose to take on a challenge then typically a trainer will have one or two sessions with you to provide tips to correct problems.
“It can happen,” advises Kim Croom, volunteer of the Pet Foster Network, “but if you are a first time foster, a rescue group is going to work with you so your first foster experience will be wonderful. People who have good first experiences are more likely to foster again.” It’s no secret, dogs, particularly those coming from a shelter, may need help adjusting and with certain behavorial problems. The key is to communicate with your rescue and let them know what you can and cannot handle. It’s ok to ask for an “easy foster” when you aren’t feeling up for a challenge. But those who are able to work with animals instead of giving up on them are much appreciated in the foster world. The goal is to help them be as adoptable as possible.
Some foster families actually request problem fur-kids according to Croom. “I do know some people who foster regularly that ask for animals with specific behavioral issues because they’ve had success correcting bad habits in the past.” What a blessing to take your experience and help an animal become the best that they can be.
Thanks to Pet Foster Network.