Today is one of my favorite things to do; I go and pick up saved dogs from high kill shelters and transport them to the organization who has screened homes waiting for them!
As much as it can be frustrating, as it is today, due to mechanical issues with the van and weather (fog) this morning, all of which push back the arrival time, I know I will always feel the same feeling of happiness when I see them.
Rescue organizations are always looking for people who are wanting to foster animals to a suitable home can be found; if that is you, give a call to your one closest to you!
So, yes, as much as I want to watch the Super Bowl with my husband, we are going to record it and watch it together.
I don’t read much of Cesar Millan’s stuff these days; but every now and again when something comes along that is of use, I like to pass it along.
I do transport for the rescue of dogs (primarily). I have 2 foster failures which is not unheard of in this field lol.
If you are wanting to foster but are unsure how to go about it, Cesar’s article will help you.
Fostering is a wonderful thing that saves dogs’ lives. It gets them out of shelters and into human packs, where they can receive the rehabilitation necessary to make them adoptable.
However, fostering comes not only with the responsibility of caring for the dog, but the necessity of eventually giving up the dog when it finds its forever home. Attachment can make this process difficult. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process easier.
- Start before you even foster
When selecting a foster dog, don’t pick the one that you think is the cutest and ideal for your family. Pick the dog that you wouldn’t necessarily want to keep long-term. For example, if you don’t like tiny dogs, consider a Chihuahua or Yorkie. If you don’t think you’d have the resources to care for a handicapped dog for life, then find that dog who’s blind or deaf, or is missing a limb.
This will make it easier for you to adjust to the temporary status of the foster dog, but it will also be an educational process. As Cesar says, “You don’t always get the dog you want. You get the dog you need.” If nothing else, it will allow you to experience types of dogs you would never normally adopt, and to learn even more about dog behavior.
- Assist in the adoption process
Find out whether your foster program will let you help out in finding that forever home. This can range from documenting your dog’s behavior and personality for future owners to locating and interviewing potential owners themselves.
This will help you be more confident in letting go because you’ll have a stake in the process, and you can assure yourself that you’ve found the right home for your foster.
- Ask for progress reports from the new family
You can continue to take part in your foster dog’s life with photos and stories from her new family, and the Internet makes distance irrelevant. Many shelters ask this of people who adopt dogs from them, largely as a way to keep their staff positive about seeing dogs they’ve gotten to know be adopted.
If distance permits, you could even consider having regular playdates with your current foster (and permanent pack) and adopted past fosters, as long as the new owners are agreeable.
- Celebrate the adoption
Don’t think of giving up your foster to adoption as losing a dog. Think of it as a dog gaining a permanent home. It should be a cause for celebration because you have helped to save a life. Treat yourself and the dog to a fancy meal, go out to your favorite dog park, or invite friends and their dogs over for a party…
However you choose to celebrate, focus on the positive and make the adoption a source of good memories. Document your time with each foster with photos and stories and keep a scrapbook of your successes.
- Foster again
The best part about fostering dogs is that there will always be dogs to foster, and the best way to celebrate one dog leaving your life is to save the life of another. And another. With each foster that you help place in a loving home, it becomes easier to say good-bye. With each new foster, you have another chance to get to know a new dog and help him on the way to his forever home.
During the process, always keep in mind what fostering is. As Amy Romanofsky at FosterDogs.com puts it, “I never think of a foster dog as ‘mine.’ Each dog already belongs to someone else — it just so happens that I haven’t met that person yet.”
But, when you and your foster dog do meet that person, take comfort in knowing that you had a large part in making it happen, and preventing the unthinkable alternative.
Never fostered a dog before? You’re really missing out! See here the top seven reasons to foster a dog.
For the last 36 hours I have been online watching a young female cat (maybe a year old), be in pre-labor for a total of 4 days. Last night at about 5:30 pm she delivered the first kitten. She had a lot of problems with her first and it was touch and go for awhile. Momma (named Dorothy) has had 6 and there is question if there is a 7 or 8th; it can take up to 24 hours sometimes for the last to be born.
Dorothy was simply exhausted from her days of pre-labor that by the time her babies were being born, it took all of her strength to simply push through each contraction. Thankfully her foster mom is experienced in cats birthing and all seemed to go as well as expected. Clearly, this is Dorothy’s first litter as she had no clue what do as each kitten was born. Her foster mom tried to stay out of assisting Dorothy too much, but it became clear that she was going to have to wipe the babies faces of the placenta.
Imagine if she had been in the wild? A young cat dumped and found in a very bad state. She had been full of tape worms, the worst they had ever seen and very skinny. The outcome most likely wouldn’t be what it is today; 6 healthy kittens. It should be noted that there are 2 that are tiny and one has a cleft, just waiting to hear if it is a partial or full. Cleft palettes can be repaired through surgery. It seems the baby is finding its way to nurse as it gained 10 grams overnight.
I can’t stress enough the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The reason I am able to watch online is that there is a fed on livestream that the foster set up so that children can see and people can see the results of not spaying and neutering.
If you are wanting to watch the kittens and stay up to date you can watch http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz
If you are wanting to donate you can do so here https://www.facebook.com/LAPSlangley?fref=ts
Tiny Kittens which is the organization fostering momma and her kittens have their own webpage http://www.tinykittens.com/
Please remember, female cats can go into heat at 4 months of age; which is why we have such an overpopulated cat situation.
There are currently cats waiting for adoption at LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society) now and I’m sure waiting for you to take them home.
This is one of the babies from last night’s birth
Its been 3 days since ZEUS, a gorgeous 2 year old yellow Labrador, had his surgery. The product of a puppy mill he needs to have what is called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) for Treatment of Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament – See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-zeus-run-again/96905#sthash.wDizDtG6.5P2XbO5N.dpuf
I created a Facebook page for ZEUS and worked on fundraising for him. It was an amazing process to see how people can come together to help out. I’d like to share some of the photos of ZEUS this week and thank you all for your donations towards ZEUS. Dr. Mann said his Left leg was in rough shape and we have about 4 months and he is highly recommending that ZEUS’ Right leg be operated on. We will be fundraising for that procedure as soon as possible.
Day 1 after surgery
Day 2 with my foster family 🙂
Some post operation x-rays, they show the parts that have been put in to stabilize ZEUS’ knee/joints
Yes, I wear the cone of shame, but I also took my pink bandage off!
This is what A COMMUNITY can do when we all work together as a TEAM.
Well we were given notice last week where we live, that we can no longer foster Toby, Bella, Diego and Lexi. Right away there was fear and panic. What would happen to our beloved additions who for the most part we have had for over a year. We took Lexi in about 6 months ago and nurtured her back to health, saw her through her bladder surgery and taught her many wonderful skills and showed all of our friends what it means to be loved unconditionally.
Lexi – Sept 2013
The other 3 – Toby, Bella and Diego are equally going to be missed. Rescuing Toby and Bella who are bonded, are very special as their arrival and subsequent challenges presented to them, caused them to have setbacks when they first started fostering with us. As time has gone on this past year, Toby has now started playing with Lucy and he can be found always with Bella not far from his side. We have now been able to brush him without it just being in the bathtub . This sweet boy has given us the joy of learning to trust us and he has the best kisses! I know I will miss him greatly!
Lucy and Toby snuggling Sept 2013
Sweet Bella loves her tummy scratches Sept 2013
Loveable Toby Sept 2013
Diego is a daddy’s boy. This vivacious, beautiful Rat Terrier has a personality all his own lol. He loves to do “downward dog” with his daddy and yes that is in fact a yoga move! He loves to snuggle, but as with all animals, he does have his moments. He is very alpha in personality, but it just makes him that much more loveable. Daddy is really going to miss his special boy.
Diego – Sept 2013 – resting
Fostering all of these babes has been a rewarding experience. Full of firsts and full of love. We wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. We are thankful for those that also rescue, foster, adopt and support every means possible to help those that can’t speak for themselves.
Lately, for the last month or more, I have taken all 7 dogs, sometimes altogether, most times in packs of 3 or 4 at a given time.
All have learned something on our walks, today it was seeing a blue heron fly from a pond that wasn’t expected. Other times it is the llama that is often behind a wired fence, safely keeping his distance, chewing his hay. 🙂
But mostly it has been about the horses. See where we go, it is incredibly peaceful, and occasionally there may be a rider on her horse, sharing the paths with us. At first Lucy, Diego, Belle were barky and unsure what this large majestic creature(s) were. After a few more times of going back to this same area, nestled off a main road, paths and a wooden bridge will take you to other paths, shaded on days like today, where the sun is warm.
This is what we get to see often.
Being able to pick blackberries while my dogs wander nearby, rolling in the grass, or laying nearby, taking in the summer sun. Always near a bottle of water with me, and a jug of water at our car. The luxury so many never get to experience.
Wags and Wiggles!!
I’m a volunteer who has a passion to help those who can’t help themselves. My chosen passion is to rescue dogs from high kill shelters. I help various rescue organizations by meeting the transportation vehicle and bring up the various dogs that have been saved.
I’ve been doing this for over a year now and have seen and learned many things I had not expected when it comes to rescuing dogs.
I have seen some horrendous conditions that dogs in transport come in. I am annoyed when I see a dog sitting in a kennel covered in its own feces and urine. I really hate seeing the potty pad that was put in their kennel who knows when, shredded up in a cthe conditions in serious need of change and sterilization.
Then, I have worked with other transports whose conditions when dogs arrive are clean, freshly watered and fed dogs. The dogs are often calmer than the ones who have arrived in very poor conditions.
I’ve learned to bring water, blankets,dog treats and I have been known to bring some cooked chicken because I know there is a good chance these dogs have not been fed very much on their trip.
I’ve been told that some dogs vomit on the trip so water and food is restricted. My thoughts are, why not feed, water and change kennels at the rest stops? Maybe we need to put people in the position that some of these dogs have experienced, perhaps then they will know the feeling of being covered in feces and urine?!
I do this for the love of the animals, this does not ever seem like work to me. The rescue organizations I’ve been involved with have a common goal. That goal is to rescue as many dogs as possible from high kill shelters.
How can anyone say no to that.