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Old 03-14-2015, 10:43 PM   #951
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When entering into a foster agreement, you either do it because you want to "test drive" a potential pet or because you want to help an animal find a better place. My house is a really good place for animal--but I love to send an animal on to a better home--where the animal will be treasured and loved until the end of its life. I give my animals a good life, but those animals that were dumped, deserve to be treasured.


When I contacted the organization for which I am currently fostering, the person described me as the best foster ever (a wet dream is what she said). Why? Because I have fostered/trained/loved more than 250 dogs. That's more dogs than most people would ever have in a lifetime. 5, 6 but 250? That's a lot of dogs. And, most of them weighed over 150 lb. Some are ones I only kept for a few days and then drove to rescue groups, others I had for 5 or 6 months, others were here back and forth between their perma-fosters and my house. But all were loved. And I still don't know what I will do with the urns of ashes. I promised the dogs would have a forever place. I just didn't know I'd end up with so many urns of ashes.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:53 PM   #952
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A friend of mine used to foster cats until the shelter could find a forever home for them. She fell in love with one of them and became a "failed foster". I didn't think that was such a failure.
Not everyone can tell their friends with pride, "I am a failure!"
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:57 PM   #953
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The first dog I took in was a Newfoundland. She was tied up at a cottage. The owners left her there tied up. A co-worker had a cottage next to that cottage and asked me if I would take her. She was severely underweight, had broken teeth from eating rocks. She also was in whelp. She was tattooed, which meant she was CKC registered. I never want to whelp another litter of puppies. She ended up staying with us for 3 years. She died of stomach cancer. She was challenge. She would not go outside--she would go in the basement to poop and pee. I strung a string of jingle bells over the stairway so I would hear her go when she tried to go down stairs. I couldn't take her in the car with the windows open--if she smelled water, she would jump out of the window. She would also attack small dogs. After $1000 in vet care (she had to have a C-section and there was a stillborn puppy in there), I kept her. But she was my introduction to rescue and "if not me, than who??" You do what you can. You can be a volunteer with guide dogs, walk/socialize animals at the local shelter, help a local rescue group groom dogs/cats. Sew bandanas, dog/cat beds. Walk dogs, take them to training classes. There's are a whole of things you can do without adopting a dog, cat, bird.


My "lads" raised $385 baking cupcakes and pupcakes on National Cupcake Day (Feb 23) for the our local humane society. Could I be any prouder of them! What they did was invite neighbours to a cupcake party. The folks donated $. The boys didn't make 385 cupcakes. Their goal was to raise $100. They exceeded it.
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:05 PM   #954
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I met a new big black dog at the laundromat today, luckily I had some biscuits in the car. He let me throw his toy and was excited about bringing it back, repeatedly. His owner was disappointed when he found out I was married, told him I was sorry, but I was just in it for the dog fun.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:02 AM   #955
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:18 AM   #956
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...There are reasons to rehome a pet, but having a baby, moving, divorce, animal is old are not good reasons...
I don't know how someone could walk away from an animal who has been a member of their family.

When it first looked like we might move back to OH with LittleBit, I kept thinking of my options. Moving TO MA, our daughter was living in my parents' home so Midnight moved in with her, waiting for the day when we could drive straight through from OH to MA. I figured I'd have to beg my SIL or a friend to foster LittleBit until we had settled and could do a one-day from MA to OH. Now Bitsy's gone, and I've decided to live without a kitty until we do move back. *sigh* Some days, though, I wonder if I'll ever get a cat or OH.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:33 AM   #957
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What drives me insane is the folks who give up senior dogs who've been a part of their family for years, for any reason. I would sleep in a box before I would ever give up my dog.
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What drives me insane is the folks who give up senior dogs who've been a part of their family for years, for any reason. I would sleep in a box before I would ever give up my dog.
You aren't alone. I would too, for a family member. There are actually some homeless people in Montreal who do it. They are homeless because they can't find affordable housing that allows animals.

There are people trying to get a bylaw that forbids that, with a few exceptions, e.g., it's a duplex/triplex/Nplex and the someone in the owner's family is severely allergic and lives in the building.
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Yes, "No Pets" keeps us in this apartment and mine are grandfathered in, no one in the other apartments are allowed pets.
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The first dog I took in was a Newfoundland. She was tied up at a cottage. The owners left her there tied up. A co-worker had a cottage next to that cottage and asked me if I would take her. She was severely underweight, had broken teeth from eating rocks. She also was in whelp. She was tattooed, which meant she was CKC registered. I never want to whelp another litter of puppies. She ended up staying with us for 3 years. She died of stomach cancer. She was challenge. She would not go outside--she would go in the basement to poop and pee. I strung a string of jingle bells over the stairway so I would hear her go when she tried to go down stairs. I couldn't take her in the car with the windows open--if she smelled water, she would jump out of the window. She would also attack small dogs. After $1000 in vet care (she had to have a C-section and there was a stillborn puppy in there), I kept her. But she was my introduction to rescue and "if not me, than who??" You do what you can. You can be a volunteer with guide dogs, walk/socialize animals at the local shelter, help a local rescue group groom dogs/cats. Sew bandanas, dog/cat beds. Walk dogs, take them to training classes. There's are a whole of things you can do without adopting a dog, cat, bird.


My "lads" raised $385 baking cupcakes and pupcakes on National Cupcake Day (Feb 23) for the our local humane society. Could I be any prouder of them! What they did was invite neighbours to a cupcake party. The folks donated $. The boys didn't make 385 cupcakes. Their goal was to raise $100. They exceeded it.
A friend of mine volunteers at a cat sanctuary which specialises in cats which can't be re-homed due to age or infirmity. She goes along for two or three hours a couple of times a week to keep the cats company. She calls it her "cat cuddling job".
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