Luna was a timid and gentle dog with a tragic past. She was found abandoned and shivering in the rain, her body covered in scars and neglect. But when a loving foster caregiver opened up their heart and home to her, Luna’s journey toward healing began. Luna’s foster parent shares:

As I drove up to my house, my heart skipped a beat. Today was the day I was bringing home my first foster animal, Luna. The team at the Hamilton Burlington SPCA shared her story with me, and my heart ached for her. I knew I had to help her heal and learn to trust again.

The moment Luna and I met, I felt an instant connection. Her big, brown eyes held a mixture of fear and curiosity, and I knew we were meant to be together, if only for a short while. During the drive home, she curled up in the back seat, her eyes never leaving mine.

In those first few days, I could see how much her past had affected her. She was hesitant to approach new people and would often startle at the slightest sound. But with patience, love, and gentle encouragement, she began to make progress. Gradually, the fear in her eyes was replaced with a glimmer of hope.

Each day, Luna grew more confident and affectionate. The first time she wagged her tail, I felt an overwhelming sense of joy. When she licked my hand, I knew she was starting to trust me. And when she snuggled up beside me on the couch, I felt a bond that I knew would be difficult to let go.

Over time, Luna blossomed into a loving, playful, and well-adjusted dog, a far cry from the frightened and scarred animal I had brought home. We went on long walks, played in the park, and attended obedience classes together. Our bond grew stronger every day.

But the day I had been dreading finally arrived – the day Luna was ready to find her forever home. The thought of saying goodbye brought tears to my eyes, but I knew that this was her chance at the life she deserved. I took solace in knowing that I had played a part in her journey, giving her the love and care she needed to trust again.

Fostering Luna was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It taught me the incredible power of love and the resilience of animals in even the darkest of times. Though it was difficult to say goodbye, I knew that Luna’s story was just one of many that needed help. And as I opened my heart and home to the next foster animal, I carried Luna’s memory with me, a reminder of the profound impact we can have on the lives of animals in need.

As an animal lover, you know the joy and companionship that a furry friend can bring to your life. But for many pets in our community, that love and companionship is a distant dream. Abandoned, neglected, and mistreated, these animals are in desperate need of a helping hand.

Luna’s story is just one of many. The HBSPCA has a waitlist of animals that require foster care, and we need loving community members (like you!) to help. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience that can have a profound impact. Whether you’re able to provide emergency short-term care, transitional short-term care, or long-term care for pets with health issues, your love and support can help them on their journey to finding their furever homes.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster caregiver, email foster@hbspca.com or fill out our online application at https://bttr.im/e9j0i. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of animals in our community.