foster dogs

Murphy, the bluetick coonhound/border collie mix rescue from a kill shelter (part 3)

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“Murphy helps me to relax.

I found a lump in my breast and felt instantly afraid, without any instant resolution.

I had two weeks of living in fear, but Murphy helped take my mind off of what was happening with me.

Murphy also makes me laugh.

He is still a puppy so he’s very clumsy and friendly.

He loves little kids and likes to lick their hands and faces.  I think he genuinely wants to make them smile.

He is not a food or treat driven dog.

Getting love and affection is motivation for Murphy.”

Murphy, the bluetick coonhound/border collie mix rescue from a kill shelter (part 1)

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“I had been looking for a dog for about six months with various rescue groups.

I tried fostering, but hadn’t found the right fit.

Then I started talking  with a rescue group called Social Tee’s.

They specialize in rescuing dogs from high kill shelters.

They had a large adoption event in Chelsea, in December.

I went without a specific dog in mind, and Murphy was the second dog I met.

As soon as we locked eyes we recognized something in each other.

It’s hard to describe, but it felt like we’d known each other forever.

It’s a great feeling.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, the terrier mix that helped her people get over their last dog (part 3)

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“She’s become more playful and more cheeky.

She asks for more food and begs for treats.

She really knows how to work my husband.

She whimpers and whines to get on the bed.  She knows she’s not allowed, but occasionally I come home to see her on my side of the bed, laying beside him.

When my husband and I hug and kiss, she whimpers, so my husband picks her up to join us.  Once she feels included she licks his face and expresses pure contentment.

Ellie has pushed me to learn more about dog behavior because she doesn’t love everyone.

She has taught be to be more patient.”

 

Eleanor Roosevelt, the mixed terrier rescue, that helped her people get over their last dog. (part 2)

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“My husband and I decided that we could either be selfish and be grief stricken for six months or so, or we could give another abandoned dog a chance.

Suzi died on the 15th of March and Ellie was abandoned on the 17th of March.

We all grieved together, as Ellie was abandoned and missing her people at the same time that we lost Suzi and were sad and alone.

Ellie seemed like a good fit for that reason.

After caring for a senior dog for over a year, we wanted to care for a dog with a bit more energy that was also more independent.

Ellie was meek and seemed depressed at the beginning.

After six months, she started coming around.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, the mixed terrier rescue that helped her people get over the passing of their last dog. (part 1)

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Ellie for short, is our second (foster to adopt) dog.

We first fostered a twelve year old rat terrier called Suzi until she was thirteen and a half, when she passed away.

Nobody wanted to adopt an older overweight and slightly handicapped dog, so we kept her until she died.

Suzi lost nineteen pounds while we fostered her and had an unbeatable spirit.

She was my furry little soulmate.

I thought I could save her and give her a longer life, though sadly she was only with us for seventeen months.

After Suzi died, the group that we fostered her for, called Ready for Rescue, contacted us to see if we were too heartbroken or ready to foster again.”

Amelia, the rescue terrier mix from Los Angeles (part 1)

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“I had been looking at different rescue organizations on social media for about a year.

I saw Amelia and her three sisters up for adoption on MaeDay Rescue.

All of her sisters were adopted but Amelia was still at the rescue organization two weeks later.

I felt it was meant to be.

I was living in Los Angeles at the time, and there were so many wonderful dogs that needed homes.

After spending a weekend trial with Amelia, I knew she was special and there was no way I could have brought her back.”

Hero, Izumi, Melons, a family of rescues (part 3- she said)

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“For me, as an animal rescuer, I lose dogs everyday because I work at a kill shelter.  It’s incredibly consuming.

Everyday I am so thankful for my for my own dogs, but everyday I feel that I am not doing enough because I am so focused on saving dogs (that are not mine).

At the end of a hard day my dogs make me feel better.

I love them more than myself.

I see them a million moments a day enjoying life and it’s hard because I think of all the dogs that aren’t as lucky.”

Hero, Izumi, Melons, a family of rescues (part 2 –she said)

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“I volunteer at the CACC (Care for Animal Control Center) and Melons was set to be euthanized.

He was almost 4 and had kennel cough.

I had him pulled from the euth list and agreed to foster him–that was 6 months ago.

I pretty much knew from the first day that I would keep him.

I didn’t make it official until I had him for 4 months.

I also volunteer with Best Friends Animal Society and they were having a pop up adoption event where I was working.

I saw that the CACC had an adoption van parked nearby and went out to say, hello.

One of the adoption counselors had Izzy in her lap.  She looked exactly like Hero and was incredibly sweet.

I finished working the Best Friend’s event and went home with Izzy.”

Hero, Izumi and Melons, a family of rescues (part 1-she said)

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“I found hero in Shanghai.

I was living in China for 2 years studying Mandarin in an immersion program.

The month before I was set to leave, and my visa was about to expire, I was walking down a super busy street and I saw a puppy running in the street.

I picked her up and asked people around me if she was theirs, and she was not.

She was filthy, underweight, and missing big chunks of fur.  She was a mess.

I brought her home with no plans to keep her, and a month later I bought her a plane ticket, had her microchipped and got her a rabies vaccine.

After an 18 hour flight, Hero became an American dog.”

Zoe, the rescue from down the block

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“My wife and I  lived on the same block as a woman who had Zoe and another dog.  Zoe was 8 months old and the other dog was 10 years old.

We saw the dogs daily and we befriended their owner.

She was a nurse in her early 20’s who had rescued her puppy with her boyfriend, on a lark when she saw a North Shore Animal League mobile adoption vehicle.

She broke up with her boyfriend, joined nurses without borders and moved out of the city.

About a month after she left the city, she had one of her friends leave a letter with our doorman asking us to call her about her puppy, Zoe.”