Thursday, April 19, 2012
Top 10 Reasons to Foster a Dog
If you would really like to help homeless dogs, consider becoming a foster
family. The foster home is an important part of the rescue world – without qualified and caring foster homes, fewer
dogs can be saved. The ability to provide a temporary home to a dog in need is an immensely rewarding experience.
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Here are the top 10 reasons you should consider taking a foster dog into your home.
1/Comfortable environment - Some dogs don’t
do well in a shelter environment. They may be elderly or frightened of the smells and sounds. These dogs have a much greater
chance of being adopted if they’re placed in a home environment and are given some TLC.2/Free veterinary care - If a foster dog needs veterinary care,
it is the responsibility of the shelter-rescue to provide it. Some shelters-rescue groups even provide food and other supplies
to their foster homes.3/Companionship
- Fostering a dog can be a rewarding experience for anyone of any age! As long as you are allowed to have pets in your home,
you can enjoy the companionship of a dog needing a temporary home.4/Help with adoptive match-making - You will learn the little details about
the dog’s personality. This is an incredible gift to individuals looking to adopt a dog. You will be able to inform
them of all the strong points as well as areas that need to be focused on if they are considering adopting your foster.5/Playmate for your other dogs - If you already
have a dog, fostering can provide your dog with a companion and playmate.6/Great experience for children - Fostering teaches children about compassion
and generosity.7/Allow shelters-rescues to
help one more dog - You are making room for another dog at the shelter or in the rescue group. One more
open run or kennel means one less dog put to sleep. Fostering means that you save a life.8/Learning opportunity - You’ll be able to learn about canine
behavior, grooming and social interactions as you spend time with your foster dog.9/Participate In Positive Changes - Having a foster dog allows
you to actively participate in the rehabilitation of a traumatized or needy dog. Witnessing the progress your foster makes
due to the attention and security given in your home is priceless.
10/Satisfying experience - Most of all, fostering is incredibly satisfying.
The day your foster dog finds his perfect forever home might be a sad one for you, but know that the dog would not be
where he is without all of your efforts and affection!
Acknowledgement to Luigi Aero, September
Saturday, March 31, 2012
In Praise of Fostering Dogs
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MAPR took in Knox a few weeks ago. He was surrendered to Rescue by his owners. They could not cope with his separation
anxiety and fence-jumping. Knox was boarded in the kennel Mid-Atlantic uses for almost a week. He began to look
for me after a few days, responding to my coming and going. At the end of the week, I thought I would bring him home
to foster him in my house; why pay to just have him hang out in a run. And besides, only seeing him for an hour or so each
day, did not really provide an understanding of the dog; what his problems really were. I have Standard
Poodles of my own so I thought it best to keep Knox separated from my gang. But that quickly changed. Knox refused to be crated,
becoming almost frantic in the largest varikennel I own and forced his way out of it. And despite all my usual careful
and controlled gating, the next thing I knew, there was Knox in the midst of my Poodles. To my great surprise and relief,
they accepted him without a quarrel. The presence of my dogs seems to have had a steadying influence on him.
That and time, patience and love. This dog had no joy about him when he came to Mid-Atlantic. Now he plays with toys
and romps around in the fenced dog yard with abandon. It is very rewarding to see him blossom bit by bit. He still
needs work and will need a home willing to give him patience and love, but I am confident that Knox is going to be just fine.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Help needed for little old Poodles
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I have owners wanting to surrender older Poodles. I make no judgment on their reasons; people are having a tough time
financially or they have found the dog or they rescued it from someone else - all legitimate reasons. And a Rescue is a far
greater option than a shelter. But these little old ones have almost no hope of being adopted or it would take a long
time to find them homes. This little rescue group must pay for board to hold dogs. We have very few foster
homes. I saw the following video this morning - it breaks my heart. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F_j_83VH3yp0&h=YAQFIT641AQGcg4l2oG9hapaZUHDdJ5T5GNBe9cMf5oMnbA
If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to hearing them.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Louie - waiting
Somehow the "colored" dogs always seem to find homes first. Chili, Louie's brown brother, went home on Wednesday,
so cream-colored Louie is left waiting. He is a really sweet guy. He will be a good companion. I am always
sad to leave him at the kennel. He is very patient. He believes, as do I, that there is someone out there for him.
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Friday, January 27, 2012
Chili and Louie - See their new videos on the Available Dogs page
These guys are doing very well. They are really nice dogs and are not a bit of
trouble. I decided to change the one guy's name from "Lumpy," to something a bit more pleasing, so he will now
be known as "Louie." The weather in Maryland was unseasonably warm when we went for our daily walk today.
As we walked behind the kennel, the members of the local firestation were all outside enjoying the sunshine. Both
boys got lots of love and pats from the men and women there. Everyone enjoyed the visit. I was proud of the boys;
they were excellent goodwill ambassadors.
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