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3.06.2014

The Reason I Foster

If you've been around here for any length of time, you know that I foster dogs. I want to share with you just a little glimpse into the reasons why I do.

Fostering is not an easy job.  Sometimes it is emotionally, physically, and financially (see below) draining.  It makes all some of the guys I date run for the door.  

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!

13 comments:

  1. This is such a touching post! I, too, have a soft spot for shelter dogs. My husband and I have fostered in the past and it can be so rewarding. Great post!

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  2. this is sooooo amazing what you do. both of our pups were rescued though only one had to spend some time in a shelter. I wish I could save all of the sweet rescue dogs out there who all need a better life!

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  3. My dog too is a rescue. It absolutely breaks my heart to pieces when people talk about buying a dog from a breeder. There are so many wonderful, sweet, puppies in shelters that need loving homes too. ..and if you ask me, they make better dogs, because they are smarter and so thankful and devoted to you because you saved them. Thank you for what you do for these sweet babies.

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  4. I admire you sooo much for doing this!! I have a huge soft spot in my heart for dogs and it really almost brings tears to my eyes to see rescues being so well taken care of!

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  5. You are such a sweet soul to devote your time to rescues! My dog is a rescue but she was only 2 months old and never spent much time there. Love her all the same :)

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  6. It is amazing that you foster Kristyn!! I've met a few people who do that and I think they are saints. I'm puppy sitting for 2 days and having 2 dogs in my tiny little apartment is making me want to pull my hair out. I could never do that, I couldn't afford to, but I think it's so noble of you to give you time, home, funds and energy to sweet pups who need it!

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  7. This is a beautiful post! I have thought about working with a company that raises seeing eye dogs...but never actually taken the step...I know it's not the same thing, but this post reminded me about that.

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  8. awwww.... you're an amazing individual for what you do. I can understand how it would be emotional. Esp when someone adopts an animal that you've gotten attached to.

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  9. That pic is priceless! So touching. I'm a dog lover. Luckily here in Finland abandoned dogs are not a huge problem.

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  10. This makes my heart so happy. I love that you foster, and that picture is so amazing. I volunteer for my local dog rescue, and I would love to foster too, but I really need to get into a house with a nice yard first to provide a better environment for one.

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  11. What an amazing thing to do! I would have to keep every single one of them. Precious!

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  12. Years ago (when I lived in a much larger area with an actual yard) I fostered. It was such a rewarding experience and I commend anyone that is involved in animal rescue. That picture is priceless, thank you for doing what you do!

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