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Let It Go

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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We want you to meet Rocky

This is our fur friend Rocky of Rocky’s Knees Need Help. Our buddies ZEUS and Rocky are from the same Rescue –  Safe At Last Dog Rescue Society. Meh furiends are working to help Rocky, who is only 15 months old German Shepherd. He has 2 luxating patellas.

So many of you helped ZEUS receive his TPLO on his left leg recently and we all have seen the vast improvement for him. Just think of the improvement Rocky would feel with the first of two surgeries he needs (just like ZEUS).

To learn how your dollars would be helping Rocky, here is a description of what this diagnosis means http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_multi_patellar_luxation

Click on Rocky’s Knees Need Help link above, and like his page!!

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How to help ZEUS

We’ve been hard at work for ZEUS, we know all of our followers are animal lovers too. We have more information to share with you all and we hope you will consider helping ZEUS.

Safe At Last Dog Rescue Society is an animal rescue organization in the Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada area that has been serving the needs of animals at risk since 2010. Our operation relies on the kind hearts of our volunteers and donations made by the general public.

Recently our organization took on a 2 year old Lab named Zeus. Zeus is in desperate need of some serious surgeries and medication for hip dysplasia to give him back a quality life without pain. Zeus is one of the rare cases where the costs of his needs put a great strain on our available finances. We are reaching out to our local community to ask for their help to give Zeus back the life he so desperately deserves.

You can help us by providing a donation to either our organization or directly to MENZIES PET HOSPITAL 604-792-3399. ZEUS’ veterinarian is Dr. Mann. If you are donating directly to the vet office, please leave a contact card so we are able to contact you privately. In addition to your donation receipt we would like permission from your organization to publicly thank you either on our Face Book Page or in the local news paper.

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The above X-rays are of ZEUS’s Hips and legs.

Here are some new photos of ZEUS from our visit with him yesterday

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This is Sharon, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Safe at Last Dog Rescue Society

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This is Marion of Safe at Last Dog Rescue with ZEUS. 

Please donate to Zeus so he can have his surgery. ZEUS so he will never have to feel pain again!!

ZEUS is worth spending even just  $5. He loves to give lots of kisses, he’s affectionate, sweet, and forgiving.

We guarantee that It will be the best 5 bucks you have ever spent.

Lots of Wiggle Bums and Kisses!!

 

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Volunteering

Friends we really need help. I am a volunteer with Safe At Last Dog Rescue Society

As some of you have seen on my wall, I have been working towards helping a beautiful 2 year old Yellow Labrador whose name is ZEUS. ZEUS needs to have ACL Surgery for both knees, but we are fundraising for one knee at this time. ZEUS must have medication every day in order to live with as minimal pain as possible.

To read more on ZEUS, check out his fan page https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZEUS-the-Yellow-Lab/563807007002189

We need to raise funds so ZEUS can have this much needed surgery. Without it, his life will not be one of enjoyment, which he deserves. Please donate, please share. Thank you.