Šapica volunteers are always looking for temporary foster parents who would offer our animal protégés a temporary home. Temporary foster parents are, in other words, as the name itself says, “nanny aunties and uncles“ of little doggies and kitties. Usually we look for that type of foster care for puppies and kittens, and for old and sick animals due to their weak immune system. In short, for those animals that the life in the shelter is harmful for their overall medical condition and development.
Šapica Association covers veterinary costs, food costs and other necessities for their proteges in temporary foster care.
Since many of Šapica’s followers are interested in various information regarding temporary fostering, we asked one of our “nannies“ to describe her experience:
“My first experiences in temporary fostering were in 2011 and 2012 when on two occasions I temporary adopted a female dog from a animal protection association from Zagreb. However, later on I was not able to temporary foster anymore due to work related obligations.
Having seen photos of Lola on Šapica’s Facebook page my boyfriend Kristijan and I decided to temporary foster again in October 2012. After Lola had been successfully adopted, Tonkica followed and soon after that she went down the same happy road. We are temporarily fostering two little Labrador puppies right now.
Temporary fostering, first of all, as all other things in life has its upsides and downsides. Doggies, most often, require great engagement. Taking care of their health, a lot of attention, tenderness, patience… But, for everything you offer them that little creatures give back in a million times greater form of devotion and love.
We have a wonderful German Shepherd bitch at home, but she was lucky not to feel the bitter life of an abandoned dog and she will never offers what an adopted dog offers. It is difficult to explain that level of connection and intimacy with the adopted dog that develops and then all that hard work, anxiety, worrying, become irrelevant and erased because for such little amount of attention they give back so much…
When it all adds up the hardest thing in temporary fostering is separation, i.e. the moment they go to their permanent family. Then, usually, worry about the dog appears, how will it cope with the new family, will it be sad, will the foster carers offer good and proper care. Regardless of all the checks the foster carer goes through, we all know they sometimes change their minds and give the doggy back and then the little fellow seams to be at the beginning all over again…
Also, when you’re expecting the arrival of the new little ones you never know what you can hope for. Some doggies have been through some unfortunate things in life and you can feel it in their overall state, adaptation time is different in every individual doggy, medical care is also always needed. I can go on enumerating individual things every one of them needs, but no burden is greater than the thought that there are innumerable beautiful furry creatures who are alone, scared, hungry, frostbitten.
And given that we have more or less proper requirements and a lot of love this way we offer them a home at least temporarily. Of course, until the moment they find the heart of the owner that will be only theirs and their best friend until the end…
No words can describe the moment when the doggy tucks in your bed in the morning or when he puts his head next to yours and waits for you to open your eyes, or the moment he learns to defecate outside and he asks you to take him out for the first time, or when he plays with a useless piece of paper in the most unbelievable ways… There are countless situations where they give us warmth, bring smile to your face, when you forgive them their shenanigans after they give you an warm look, when you are all in their world and you know the little time you set aside for them is their whole world.
Temporary fostering is a priceless experience, and the feeling when the little animal finds happiness and home fills you with the most positive feelings.
Dunja Kolić“
Translated by: Kristina Deskar