Fostering is not an easy job. Sometimes it is emotionally, physically, and financially (see below) draining. It makes
This is one of my most recently adopted fosters with his new dad. You may have seen his first picture on my Instagram. If you knew how terrified this boy was the day we pulled him from the shelter, you might begin to come close to understanding how this picture makes me feel. But pictures like these turn 'done' into 'never done' and I wouldn't trade that exhaustion for the world! (And one day I'll find a guy worthy of volunteering for these animals).
THIS is why I foster!
From the director of our rescue when I sent her this picture:
"No, you do not make money doing rescue, but you might go broke doing rescue. Pulling an animal out of a shelter with no medical history, and typically no vaccines on board while in the shelter, is ALWAYS a game of roulette. It's cause for celebration to pull a dog that is heartworm negative! At this very moment we have a dog whose expenses are at $700. Her adoption fee is $225. Meanwhile, we have a heartworm positive case on deck. Rescuing shelter pets is very high risk, tremendously stressful, and sadly, not considered a mission that is worthy of respect. It is enormously gratifying when a friend from the past or a perfect stranger takes a moment to acknowledge our mission in some form or another. It's a very humbling experience to be surrounded by a veterinary practice that believes in you and is always willing to scramble when we pull a dog that is in need of immediate care. I KNOW there have been plenty of times where someone at that clinic was helping us and they weren't making money...
...We don't make money, but we roll in memories that ignites a force that keeps us fighting to survive whatever baggage the next dog brings. Funny how dogs are so able to leave their baggage at the curb and make the best out of the help they are given. I guess this is why shelter dogs make really great pets! We don't make money, but we sure feel rich inside. The dog in this picture is a TPA dog who crawled on his belly to my car once he made it out of his kennel at Granville County Animal Shelter. He makes his forever family, his foster, and me feel very rich inside."
This rescue, these people, and these animals are very near and dear to my heart. Fostering is not the only way to help animals in shelters. Volunteers are needed in rescues across the country to do anything from organizing a fundraiser, managing social network pages, or simply being an extra set of hands to hold a leash or give snuggles at an adoption event.
If you've ever considered hitting that share button on a Facebook post about a dog needing a home, please do so. You have NO IDEA the power of social media and the impact that one share could have on a dogs life. If you don't believe me, read this story. You can follow our rescue's Facebook page here.
Another way you can support rescues is through donations. At the end of the month, I'll be walking in The Great Human Race on behalf of Triangle Pets Alive! My goal is to raise $500. For every $25 I raise, I will run a mile, for a total of 20 miles if I reach my goal. No donation is too small and will help us continue to serve shelter pets! If you are so inclined, you can donate by clicking this link. I am forever grateful to all of you for your support for what I love to do!