“As a volunteer, I often contribute my part to SPCA through fostering puppies. Though I am unable to commit to having a pet, fostering is one way where I could learn and interact with the puppies. Most puppies which I foster are around 3 to 5 weeks of age. When I first volunteered to foster, I had no idea at all on what I should do as I have never owned a dog. The internet and advice from the SPCA TEAM were the only source that I had about dogs.
Diamond was the first puppy that I have fostered. There was not much of a problem for me as the puppy was very obedient. The only problem that I had was the potty training, but Diamond was a fast learner. My parents were against the idea of having a dog in the house but they gradually accepted it as they came to understand more about dogs. A home with a dog is not the same as one without it.
Whenever I came home, Diamond would welcome me with a warm smile and she made me felt happy especially when I had a bad day and it even gave me a positive vibe. We enjoyed each other’s company. It is always good to have a dog to spend time with, but as a fosterer I have learnt to let go when the time comes. No matter how much we love them, in the end they will have to go back to the shelter to find a forever home. When the time came for me to return Diamond, I found it very hard to part with her. I tried to control myself and cope with my emotions, no matter how unwilling I was to send her back. I took a lot of photos and videos of her before that so that I can have her in my memories, and I have since practiced this habit on every successful fostering. After my first successful foster attempt, I have then fostered more and more puppies whenever called upon by the SPCA. It was a great experience for me and my family and we will continue to support SPCA through fostering and other means. Would you be keen to join me in the fostering team?!”