Consider fostering

Adopting an animal isn’t the only way to help out. If you have the space and time, fostering a pet is a great way to help them get ready for their furever home. Many rescue organizations will work with you and help cover expenses.

If you have a barn or large outdoor building, barn cats are another thing to consider. Some cats might not adapt well to living indoors, but they can be great mousers and companions for farm animals! Many organizations will fully vet barn cats before placing them at your home.

Contact about fostering cats or rescuing barn cats. If you’re interested in fostering dogs, contact us and we will be happy to put you in touch with local dog rescue groups.

To find out more about fostering pets, check out 16 Reasons Why Fostering a Shelter Pet is Basically the Best Thing in the World. Before getting a foster pet, make sure you and your household are ready for the transition with these suggestions from Petfinder. Fostering may not be the easiest way to help, but it’s certainly one of the most rewarding ways to save a life!

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Out of the mouths of babes

twodog“Out of the mouths of babes.” That was the first thing I thought, when a friend recently related to me a conversation she’d had with an eight year old boy.  My friend was walking a pit bull puppy she rescued and was fostering, when she came upon a nice young boy that exclaimed ‘what a pretty puppy’ she had!  They spoke for a few minutes, then the boy said she should keep her (instead of trying to find another home for her), because she would have lots of pretty puppies and she could sell them for $200 each.  My friend tried to explain to the child that there were far too many puppies and dogs that don’t have homes, so more of them should be ‘fixed’ so they don’t have more babies.  The second thing I thought, was that we sure have a lot of work ahead of us, trying to change that mindset, that dogs are ‘cash cows.’  Animals really are thinking, feeling creatures, and they deserve our compassion.

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Dogs’ Bill of Rights

My life is likely to last 1o to 15 years.  Any separation from you will be painful for me.  Remember that before you adopt me.

Give me time to understand what you want of me.

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Trap-Neuter-Release, a valid solution

It’s our fault that there is a pet over-population crisis.  We, collectively, have allowed cats and dogs to continue to breed, having litter after litter, without considering that there are not enough homes or families to care for all of their offspring.  There are thousands in our local shelter euthanized annually simply because there are too many of them.  When left unchecked, it becomes such a huge problem that some believe that the only answer is to catch and kill them.

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Adopt an older pet to save a life

Adult dogs and cats are usually overlooked in preference of cute little puppies and kittens when people are planning to adopt a new family pet, even though there are so many older cats and dogs awaiting adoption in shelters and foster homes all across the country, and more specifically, all across the CSRA. They wake up each day with the optimistic hope of getting adopted, even though that day might be their very last day on earth. They have been surrendered for many and varied reasons. Some because their guardian passed away and there wasn’t anyone willing to take them in.

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Dogs are special

Dogs are very special creatures.  The live to be with and please their person.  The can turn grown people into goofy children, and can be a child’s best friend, giving him/her confidence to grow and learn.
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