I give my time, my heart and my soul to dogs that need a second chance in life. In October 2011 I adopted a sweet little Cocker Spaniel at a Petco in Lee’s Summit, MO. After this experience and learning about rescue I visited the rescues website and I just kept coming back to it week after week. I didn’t need to adopt another dog but for some reason I just kept coming back to their page. In early 2012 I saw a little dog on their website, Joe Cocker (a Cocker Spaniel mix) and he needed a foster home. I thought to myself….I can do this and the rest is history. Joe was a tough case, he was a biter due to the abuse he received in his former home, he hated people but loved other dogs, and he loves me. Yes, Joe Cocker is still with me and he will be forever. Since that fateful day I have fostered over 100 dogs in my home, normally I foster 2 or 3 at a time. Every time I go to the shelter and see all of the helplessness and the soulful eyes staring at me my heart just breaks. It’s the little guys, the ones that have never had a haircut, matted with eyes almost impossible to see. It’s the seniors whose owners surrendered because they are old or somehow became strays at the age of 10. It’s the ones that I know the owners will never come to re-claim, those are the ones I must help. To go to a shelter and see these dogs, shaking, fearful, not knowing what the heck has happened to their life and wondering when their family will come for them. In some cases I feel they have given up or are hoping their family won’t come, they just want to escape the neglect and abuse. Some are so young I wonder if they have ever even experienced love and the older ones I can feel their broken hearts. It is so hard to explain but until you actually walk the rows at the shelter it is a memory that will haunt you. Every dog I bring home I help them become healthy and happy. I love them as if they are my own, and they are mine until I find them a perfect forever home. All of this is possible through the group I foster for, Furry Kids’ Refuge. Living in Missouri, one of the states notorious for back yard breeders and puppy mills it is just devastating the number of animals that are in the Missouri shelter system. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and I bite off more than I can chew but I always feel in my heart that I always have room for one more. Yes, I miss out hanging out with friends, shopping, vacations and even spending time with my family BUT these little guys are in my heart and helping them is just something I must do. After my fosters are adopted I love to receive updates, photos and the occasional visit. I even doggysitt for some of them! I will continue to give my time and my heart to as many dogs as I possibly can for as long as I possibly can.
Review from #MyGivingStory
Furry Kids Refuge stepped up when we had to find a place to take a beautiful lab-mix and her 5 puppies. When I called them, they didn't hesitate one minute! They took all of them in and took wonderful care of them. They poste videos daily so all that were involved with Momma and her 5 puppies could keep up with their progress. All the puppies found loving homes and they still have Momma (now named Eloise) but she is in the best hands and they do wonderful vet checks and applications and don't let their foster dogs go to just anyone.
In August, my boyfriend adopted a Yorkie that had been surrendered with some other dogs as the woman passed away. He is a wonderful addition to our family. I think they do amazing work with fostering. When you adopt a dog from Furry Kids Refuge, you know you are getting a dog that had been checked out and worked with and more than anything, loved! I have volunteered at other organizations and I can honestly say that they are the most caring group of people there is. It shows every Saturday when they take just some of their adoptable pets to Petco. That, in itself is not only a lot of work, but dedication! They deserve winning this!