Some dogs could use foster homes because they really need the TLC that would come with living full time with a caring person. Cash strapped shelters with dozens, or even hundreds of dogs, just don't have the resources that some dogs need. Alvin, for example, was not looking so great when he landed a temporary home with Jane, a volunteer with Waggytime Rescue in New York CIty. Jane knew there was a great dog under the dirty matted coat, and she wanted to help Alvin shine. Posted here are the before and after pictures of Alvin-look at that smile and bright eyes, a face full of expression, that you just couldn't see before. I bet feeling clean and cared for has a lot to do with the smile you see in that picture. Jane really has done a fantastic job helping Alvin put his best paw forward as he looks for his forever home. You can see more pictures of Alvin here on his petfinder page. According to his profile, "He loves sitting on laps, flopping over on a comfy couch and "dancing" for chicken treats." Seems like life has really turned around for ALvin since landing in foster care. And YES, he is still looking for you!
If you are thinking about fostering, you should know that there are all kinds of dogs out there that could use your help. Some need some help coming out of their shell, some need a bath, and some just need a warm place to crash on their way to their forever home. I love my home now, but I know that if it were not for the several foster parents I had through Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, I would not have the good life I have now.