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I love saving and helping pets. I would need a ranch to save all the pets I want! No breed or species discrimination.
I started fostering dogs three years ago. It all started with Heidi, an adorable little Shih Tzu who was abandoned at the kennels my daughter worked for at the time in 2009. Her owners just left her and said do what you want with her. Really!? Me, being a fan of large breeds, particularly ‘pit bull’ type dogs, agreed to take in this poor little homeless doggy. I have not looked back and she is now alpha of the house.
Then Lexis, my golden, joined our family, when her owner could no longer care for her. She came from the same boarding kennels as Heidi.
I went through several dog rescues that did not work out for one reason or another. I love the work that rescues do, however, they are over-worked; too many dogs and not enough volunteers. You cannot save every dog. So do not try. You will drive yourself crazy!
All my pets ‘came’ into my life, I did not go looking for any of them. They are with me for a reason and I usually learn more from them than they learn from me.
Duke is my first foster dog from It’s the Pits Rescue in San Diego. I had him for a long time before he was adopted. It was bitter sweet, happy for him, but missing him at the same time. He was adopted and then brought back within three days the first time. This is the hardest part of fostering. I have an open door policy, they can return if it does not work out. This is not good for the dog or the foster mom. It takes them awhile to adjust again.
If you are going to adopt, please note that is not a trial run, this is a commitment to your new furry family member and there will be an adjustment period. Rescue dogs usually have some type of trauma in their life and the last thing they need is more trauma.
Baby Rey, as she is still called two years later is a rescued feral kitten. Read her story here.
To give you an idea of how long I keep these dogs, in three years I have fostered three dogs. Duke, Vivian and now Sydney. I had Duke for almost a year. Then sweet timid Vivian. She was afraid of everything, even the trash bag. Vivian was adopted by one of my pet sitting clients and she lives happily with her human mommy and Titi, a. Her new name is Luna Bella.
Sydney has been with me for a year. She is part of my family and would love to keep her. She has a unique personality and makes the cutest faces. I would like to keep them all! Her name is ‘Indy’ still according to It’s the Pits. I changed her name back to Sydney when I started fostering her. Dogs, no matter what age, will learn a new name within several weeks.
My daughter fostered for Holly’s Garden Rescue for about six months and fostered five dogs in that short time. Holly’s Garden is a small breed rescue, Lhasa, Shih Tzu’s, Maltese. These doggies get adopted a lot quicker than the ‘bully’ breeds. She adopted her last foster, Zeus, a blind male Shih Tzu, in January 2013.
There are pros and cons to fostering. It is not for everyone. It can be heartbreaking, rewarding, challenging, rewarding, frustrating, and did I mention rewarding. All dog rescues need help, if you cannot or do not want to foster, they need help walking dogs that are kenneled and not lucky enough to be in a home. They need help transporting dogs and help at adoption events.
The rescue provides everything your foster needs, food, vet visits, shots, crate, collar, leash, bedding. This is also a great way to see if a dog works out in your home if you are considering adding a pet to your family.
I have other rescue stories, like Pudsy, the greyhound. I kept her for a month and learned about how dogs are mistreated in the greyhound racing industry. I fell in love with her, too. She loved to cuddle and I was surprised at how a 100 lb. dog could curl up into a small space. :)
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