What is Foster Failing?

As some of you may already be aware, our fearless leader Casey recently adopted her former foster pitbull puppy, named Mr. Walter G Williams, after another pittie who she had fostered years ago and sadly passed away only a week after his adoption. 

Casey and her husband are avid foster pup parents and have provided a safe home to over 30 foster dogs in the last four years. During a recent Instagram Live, Casey explained that while parting from those dogs was painful, it was necessary as the dogs were able to find wonderful homes. 

The Williams family, however, had such a strong connection to Mr. Wally G it made them decide to foster failure with the little chunker. 

Now, the term foster failing may be unfamiliar to those outside of the rescue world. In fact, upon first hearing it may have some negative connotations. 

Let us reassure you, however, that it is actually quite positive.

Essentially, a person who initially just wanted to provide a foster home for a dog ends up being the pup’s permanent parent. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but it usually occurs because you adore the dog and feel as though it is in everyone’s best interest for you to keep them.

Those who have foster failed are in good company. Awesome celebrities like Billie Eilish, Kaley Cuoco, and Selena Gomez have all failed at fostering a dog (or two) just within the past few months. 

That being said, while we don’t think there’s anything wrong with foster failing, it’s best not to go into fostering with the mindset that you are going to adopt the dog. Your lifestyle may not be suitable for every pup you encounter and if you do end up adopting, it will probably put a pause on you continuing to foster. In addition, by fostering, you are helping a family find the love of their life and how great is that!

It’s also worth noting, that it’s not always a guarantee that a foster pup parent will be able to adopt the dog, just based on the specific rescue or shelter’s policies and requirements

If you have foster failed let us know down below!


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