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Volunteering- How It Benefits You And Your Family

9/11/16

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help dogs in need, but you would be surprised at just how much you get out of it as well. Here at Wigglin’ Home our families have learned TONS of important life lessons through volunteering and fostering dogs, and we would like to share some of them with you!

Fostering

“The real question is, “How do you not keep them all?” My boys will tell you because if we did we would miss out on the happiness of a family gaining a well adjusted life long friend.”

“The hardest dogs to foster always make for the best and most rewarding adoptions”

“Take the foster dogs to public places, go on walks, get them out!”

“Be Consistent!”

“Keep your foster dog within eye sight because they can disappear quick!”

“Every foster has a story we don’t know about. We have to be patient and proactive in providing safety and build trust for the pup.”

“Adoptions are the most fulfilling reward. Quickly following the adoption our boys ask; ” When do we get our next pup?” There is no void left after a foster finds their forever family, only an opportunity to love again.”

“The way a dog appears; when you first evaluate it, pick it up for transport, or receive it as a foster is often not the true dog. It is like a gift – you have to unwrap the layers to get to the beauty inside.”

“Knowing you are keeping a dog from living out its days in a shelter, or from being euthanized is one of the most amazing feelings you can have.”

“Fostering may seem impossibly hard to do, but witnessing your foster dog finding their forever family makes every moment worth it, and your tears are ones of happiness.”

“My personal dogs have learned to be more confident and well behaved from taking in foster dogs. They help teach the foster obedience and how to behave in a home.”

Families with Kids

“Just because you are a kid doesn’t mean you can’t make a BIG difference”

“Kids are great boxer sitters, and boxers are great kid sitters…..even the grumpy ones!”

“Our kids have assisted with all chores of having a foster dog.  Picking up dog waste regularly, feeding on time, they are learning how to be responsible for another, and the importance concept of follow-through.”

“Our kids have learned to show respect with every situation.”

“We have had a couple of fosters who I really feel were comforted and calmed by the presence of my daughter and latched on to her more than anyone else.”

“The boys have learned to be patient and ignore the dog at first, to not be over-excited around them, and wait for the dog to be ready for love and play.”

“Because of fostering my children have learned to read body language, and all that it can tell you about how a dog is feeling. This has also transferred to being more observant about the people they encounter.”

“It teaches our kids kindness, patience, and compassion.”

“Gives our kids the wonderful feeling of pride and accomplishment by meeting adopters who are thankful for their hard work and time they have given to the new family member they already love!”

“The greatest lesson, I’m not certain my kids realize they are learning, is to give of yourself, your love and time without gaining a material reward. We spend time going to get fosters, and get them settled. Sometimes giving up playtime to do so. They love and bond every time.”

Dog Training/Ownership

“Be patient, and give them time and space so they can learn to trust you.”

“When in doubt, always go back to the basics lesson that your dog (or foster dog) should always work for any reward.”

“A foster dog has to play catch-up on the rules, pack order, and routines in their foster home, so be patient and really help guide them.”

“Structure, and rule are key in helping any new dog feel comfortable.”

“A quiet, loose puppy is NEVER a good thing.”

“Don’t let all the dogs out in the yard at the same time without doing proper introductions first.”

“Don’t put two anxious dogs together without slow intros, even if they aren’t dominant.”

“You build confidence in an insecure dog by showing them you can be a good leader and they can trust you to be their advocate. Babying and insecure dog only makes things worse.”

“Don’t try and break up any fights by grabbing for head/necks of dogs.”

“Always keep even the “impossible to break into” food containers on a shelf at least 6 feet higher than the tallest dog in the house, or behind a securely closed door.”

“The best way to get through the loss of a dog whether by death, or it simply being adopted, is to open your home and heart to another one in need.”

“Sometimes the most important personal growth can only come from helping a dog grow and learn.”

Would you consider joining our family? As you can see, although you may be giving of yourself, you can be sure to be rewarded with happy memories, good feelings and many, many life long lessons!

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