Fostering dogs can improve their lives and yours


Shelters and Rescue groups are in need of good people to foster homeless dogs until they find a forever home. Fostering allows you to love and nurture the animals, without making a long term commitment to adopt. But you just might want to.

Katie Rowswell and her husband adopted their first rescue dog about five years ago. When they wanted to get her a companion, they decided to foster another rescue.

“Fostering gives you an opportunity to find the right dog for you and your family,” Rowswell said. “I said, whatever dog we get has to like my husband because he does most of the heavy lifting. That was the rule.”

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She found her pets at “Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Shih Tzu Rescue” and they’ve continued to foster dogs from the same group ever since. She says it’s very rewarding.

Dawn Allen is the director of Fuzzy Pawz. Their mission is to eliminate the need for dogs to be in shelters or to be euthanized. She says foster families are an important part of that mission.

“We’re always looking for people who are patient, kind and understanding. They don’t have to have a dog. They don’t have to have a fenced yard,” Allen says.

If you’re interested in lending a helping hand, Fuzzy Pawz will be at Wagfest! again this year. You’ll have a chance to talk to them about becoming a foster owner.

Katie Rowswell says it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. “When I see a dog go to its forever home and I know that’s exactly the right place, this part of my heart that I didn’t even know existed is filled with love and happiness,” she says.

WagFest! is Saturday, August 17th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.