Sponsoring a Good Dog

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In my last post I talked about fostering. Perhaps fostering isn’t for you but you’d still like to help a local shelter or rescue group. Have you considered being a sponsor? Sponsoring is one of the most meaningful ways to help an animal in need, especially if you cannot adopt or foster. Most shelters & rescues get little or no help from the government, they rely on help from the public.

The cost of running a shelter or rescue can be staggering. Sponsorship helps pay for medical treatment such as a full check-up by a veterinarian, vaccines, microchip, grooming, spay/neuter or worming , as well as daily upkeep of the facilities. Many shelters & rescues have specific programs you can sponsor such as trap & release programs that help reduced the population of feral cats. You can also donate food, litter, toys & bedding as well.

You can also sponsor on behalf of someone else, for example, a sponsorship in your grandchild’s name. Often if you’re sponsoring a specific dog or cat, the shelter or rescue will send you photo’s & updates of your recipient.

If you think you’d like to become a sponsor, contact your local shelter or rescue for more information. Believe me, they will appreciate your help & you will be helping give animals a better chance.

CEO Olivia <3

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The Importance of Fostering

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Adopting dogs into permanent homes is the ultimate goal for shelters & rescue groups, but fostering is another, equally important step in the adoption process. Dog fosters are those often unsung, frequently short-term volunteers who provide love, food & shelter for rescued animals awaiting a permanent home.

Without dog fosters many adoptions would never be possible. Sadly, no-kill shelters are the exception, not the rule & far too many dogs are euthanized simply because there is nowhere to house them; fostering offers a much needed reprieve. Furthermore, many dogs, those that are too stressed or those in need of recuperative care or training don’t fare well in a shelter environment, making it difficult to appeal to would-be adopters.

If you think you’d be interested in fostering,reach out to your municipal shelter, SPCA or breed-specific rescue group. Pretty much everybody is in need of fosters. A foster application & a home check are standard practice. Once approved you will work with the shelter or rescue & hopefully before long you’ll be matched up with a foster dog. Foster dogs can stay with their foster families anywhere from a couple days to months, during which time you’ll have the joy of seeing a discarded dog blossom, the recipient of a second chance.
Sometimes, the foster becomes a forever home. It’s called “foster failure”. But it’s no failure at all ;)
CEO Olivia <3