Desiree Ho


Why did you get into fostering?
Both Jon and I have always had a love for all animals. When I went to school for Animal Health Technology, it really opened my eyes to how many homeless animals were out there. We rescued Eli at the end of my schooling, and this further impacted our care and passion for rescue animals. They truly seem grateful for all we, as owners, have to offer (and are just so loveable!)

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
Just Wynken (so far!)

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
Watching Wynken's rehabilitation from a mangy little puppy to the wonderful big, strong lad he turned into. Watching the social leaps and bounds he made from when we first met him. We have also been getting updates from his new parents and it just continues to put the biggest smiles on our face to see how excited they are to have him.

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
There is no denying it is hard. You become a part of the dog's life and you watch them as they progress. However, the reward of watching a family take in a new addition to their family and the joy you will witness cannot be replaced. Also, Jon and I like to remind each other of all the other dogs that are still out there just looking for a place to call home. Especially with winter on the way, we just want to push forward and keeping fostering so at least a few have a safe place (especially during Albertan winter).

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
"Thank you for all the patience and love you were able to give me. And thank you for helping me find my furever home!!!"