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Bless your huge heart! I fostered for a rescue for four years, puppies and adult dogs, and loved it. It wasn't always 'easy' but it was so rewarding! If by chance I got a foster that just was not working out, had needs that I couldn't meet, then the rescue would move the dog to a new foster home. The 'advantage' to fostering, if you are hoping at some point to add another permanent family member, is that you get to know the dog, before you make the commitment for life and if it is not the right one for you, you get to help someone else's family adopt the dog that is right for them.
I ultimately adopted two unadoptable, 'special needs' adult shelter dogs, one is a black lab mix, and yes, older dogs and black dogs (adult or puppy) are at the highest 'risk' of not being adopted, the other is a golden mix and I could not be happier with them - they are amazing. Not all shelter dogs or rescues come with 'baggage' or health issues, the vast majority need love, training, and a permanent place in someone's heart and home. But they are capable of becoming loving loyal and devoted friends and companions - they truly 'know' and are thankful for the chance at a second chance.
'Don't pity the rescue dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side.'