HORSHAM PAWS leaders have encouraged people to consider registering for an animal foster care program.
Horsham PAWS foster carer Lynne Smith has been involved in the program for three years.
“At first, I was like most people and believed I couldn’t do it with a fear of getting attached,” she said.
“After I adopted my dog through Horsham PAWS, I realised it wasn’t the right way to think.”
Ms Smith said she had the chance to help dogs gain a second chance in life.
“I recently re-homed a little red kelpie who was scared of everything,” she said.
“To see him go from a little dog absolutely terrified of my hand and (then to) change into a very confident, cheeky rascal … it was just so rewarding,” she said.
Ms Smith admitted it was challenging not to get attached to the animals.
“It broke my heart to see every dog I have fostered drive away with their new family, but I’ve just helped them start a new happy life,” she said.
She encouraged people to give foster caring a go.
“It is the most rewarding thing you could ever do,” she said.
“There hasn’t been one go where I haven’t cried, but it is all worth it because there are so many that need us to open our hearts and home.”
Horsham PAWS vice-president Carolyn Stow said the group was always looking for volunteers.
“We look for people with a love of animals who can provide basic dog ownership and expose the animals to different situations,” she said.
“Assistance, guidance and support is given to each of our volunteers.”
She said people could register their interest in the foster care program via www.horshampaws.com.au