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.
Ever giggle at the faces our pets make? I know we do!
Miss Tika is just one of those sweet dogs who sticks her tongue out! It’s incredibly adorable!
Tika’s our 12 year old chi mix that came to our family about a year ago. She is definitely mummies girl *grins*
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
For those that have asked, 2nd opinion inquiries have been done. Some as far as 45 minutes to an hour away. Thank you for your suggestions and tips to help Tika. In the meantime we still need to continue our fundraising to help her get her dental surgery. So I ask of you to donate and if you can’t please share, I’m not giving up on her.
To make a donation or share her link please click http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-tika-eat-without-pain/143569
This afternoon, very soon actually, Ella and I (mom) will be going back to the clinic to see how she is doing. Today she has been really clingy and when not doing that, she can be found sleeping somewhere quiet. She still isn’t eating her `1/4 can per meal x3 a day. She is eating barely 1/8th, yesterday we had to force feed her and hold her mouth to get more calories into her. We did catch her eating dry food last night and will upload a photo shortly.
Ella’s costs are reaching close to $1,000.00. A very good friend who does rescue work for cats, discussed with me about doing a fundraiser and below is the information for that fundraiser. We want to thank everyone for the kind and loving gestures and contributions in helping to keep Ella’s veterinary bill up to date. We aren’t sure how long this will go on for her, but we plan on, as we have been all along, in keeping everyone updated on her Facebook page and on her GoFund page.
We are running a fundraiser to help with Ella’s rising veterinary bill. We are heading back shortly for her follow up blood draw and recheck. Everything about Ella can be found on her FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-things-Princess-Ella-A-cats-life/180768685448702
There is an event page called $1 Challenge for Ella https://www.facebook.com/events/361518303993938/ where all you need do is donate just $1.00 and ask 2 friends to do the same.
Thank you to everyone who has helped so much with this. I am very very grateful for such a loving and caring community. Thank you ~
Its Caturday and usually I spend it with my fur family and my humans. Today is very different. Hi, my name is Cinder, the brother to Ella, who has been away somewhere for what seems like forever! Mommy says she is at a special place because she hasn’t been well. But that is too hard for me to understand.
I keep calling for her, but she doesn’t answer. I miss sleeping with her and her cleaning my fur. I miss playing with her, she is such a good paw hitter!
So what do I do, how do I stop missing my sister? My older brother Jingles is here and sometimes we play, but he’s not Ella. I know mommy and daddy feel really bad for me, they don’t like to see me so sad.
So mommy made a Facebook page for Ella and to share about the importance of rescuing and adopting cats from good places. Remember there are bad rescues and people out there!
In the mean time Here is the FB page for Ella and rescuing cats
Could you go and like it and share it for me.
Also if you haven’t done so already, could you please go and read up on Ella’s story and donate for her veterinary expenses please. Her link is http://www.gofundme.com/558d3o
Whisker kisses and nose nibbles
This is me, Cinder
Ella and Daddy, Nov. 8, 2013