Tricia Coates and her boyfriend Eric Munoz have fostered 12 dogs over the last two years, through the Humane Animal Rescue
Team, according to the Edmonton Journal.
“We get a lot of happiness and joy from fostering. I love animals and believe that because they have no voice, it’s up to us to give them one. The least I can do is give up my home and time so that a dog can get a second lease on life. They are so grateful - all they want is a warm house, a soft bed to lay on, food morning and night — and belly rubs," Coates told the news source.
According to the couple, Munoz is the one who gets attached the fastest to the animals.
"Eric falls in love with our foster dogs harder and faster than I do," said Coates, who says she mostly thinks of herself as a babysitter to the rescue dogs.
However, the couple officially adopted one of the dogs to be their own, more permanent addition to the home. The lucky dog was named Sully and had been a rescue pup found in an industrial park.
Many people who do not feel that they can offer an animal a permanent home can serve as foster parents for a pre-arranged amount of time. Foster parents for dogs as well as animal adoption are greatly needed in Canada as well as the U.S., in order to prevent animal overpopulation in rescue shelters.