Friday, August 17, 2012

Must Love Dogs

Bruno
You know that kid who wants to bring home every stray on the side of the road? The kid who wants to be a vet? The kid who would rather watch Animal Planet than Disney? Yeah, that was me. I can still remember watching Animal Cops for the first time at the beach when I was 8 years old. We didn't have Animal Planet on our tv at home, so I had never seen it before. I remember when I saw those animals in those horrible situations and how it made me feel. I had never seen anything like it. It was beyond my comprehension that people could do that to a dog. When we came home, I begged my mom for Animal Planet and we finally got it. The more I watched. the more determined I became.

When I was ten, I decided I was going to start an animal rescue "when I grew up" and I even had a notebook full of names for my rescue dogs and the blueprints I had drawn for my rescue. (See, I've always been a planner and a "notebooker").



Well, fast forward. I still haven't won the lottery, so no animal rescue here. However, I found another way to contribute thanks to Facebook. I never knew there were so many animal lovers out there who took these animals in for a short while until they found their forever home. I started reading more and more about fostering and decided that even if we just took one, it would save that one dog.

"Rescuing one dog won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one rescued dog."

Bruno
So, we began to foster for Labs4Rescue 2 years ago. In those two years, I have come to love this rescue group. We have the most amazing group of fosters down here, an amazing group of adopters up north, and the most wonderful coordinator who places our dogs with the best possible families. Also, we have some AMAZING dogs! This has been so rewarding, even though so many will try to bring you down. I can't tell you how many times people have told me "You know you can't save them all". Yes, I know. But I can do my part and save the ones I can. It makes it so worth it when I get pictures of these babies I have loved as my own with their happy new families, knowing they will never have to want for anything and I can rest my mind about that one. That one is happy. That one is loved. 







Interested in fostering?

Labs4Rescue

Our current foster, Princess Lady
Delilah


Queenie before boarding Rescue Road Trips
Mollie

Daphne
Missi before leaving for her forever home

10 comments:

  1. Aww this is so a great cause. I used to have a lab and she was a very important member of the family. I am a huge dog lover.

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  2. When we get settled in Alaska I definitely want to foster animals for sure! That would just warm my heart so much. I'd be in pure heaven having a house full of sweet pets. Love all the photos!

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  3. Ahh super cute post! love the dog pics! xo xo

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  4. Awh, that's awesome!! I don't know if I could foster though... I'd get too attached!

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  5. Fostering animals is such a comendable act! It would be so hard for me to not get attached! Obviously, you were meant for this type of work since a very young age! :)

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