My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for DREAM Dachshund Rescue Atlanta, Georgia, Marietta, GA, USA
I guess about 8 or nine years ago, my husband and I decided that we wanted to give fostering a try. We had three dachshunds of our own at the time. I remember our first little fella, Jake. I picked him up from the county animal shelter and he was a supper sweet lil guy, and full of worms. After a much needed trip to the vet, he began to get healthy and gain weight, and had such a joyful demeanor, he always made us smile. After just a couple of weeks, he was adopted into a family with a 12 year old boy. In a month or so, I found a message on my phone from the dad. In the message, he expresses how Jake was so precious to the entire family, and he quoted the saying "who rescued who?" . I could hear the emotion in the mans voice, and when I thought of what may have happened to little Jake if he had been left in the animal shelter, I knew I was hooked. With so many wonderful dogs that simply need a second chance, how could I turn away and not foster again?
Since then, we have fostered a variety of dogs...purebred and mixes, seniors and puppies, obese dogs whose bellies dragged the ground, and some so thing you could see every rib. There was even one unforgettable dog who came out of a puppy mill. She was sick, weak, and anemic. She had never been on grass, the falling leaves were scary to her, and it took a week before she would even let me touch her. With the help of my loving little pack, she soon began to relish my attention. She was very shy, and it would take a very special person to adopt her. And you know what? That special person came along, and the shy little girl who was so fearful now enjoys getting dressed up like a little doll. She learned she could trust, and is living a life being well loved.
Some people say " oh, I could never foster, I would want to keep them all", But if you think about all the dogs who do not get a second chance without foster space, you realize how important fostering a dog, even one, can make such a difference. It is a difference of life, or death in many cases, so how can we not?
And yes, there have been several that I may have kept if I did not have ( now four) dogs of my own. When we adopted our fourth dachshund, my husband said " we really can't foster anymore, this is enough dogs in the house". But guess what? We still do, and it is funny, it seems like many of the dogs have attached themselves to HIM when they get here, kinda like Divine Intervention is showing him how important his role is in fostering as well. And yes, we have both gotten a little teary eyed when a dog leaves that we are so fond of, but we feel even greater joy, knowing we had a hand in giving that dog a second chance in life. It is a reward and blessing that far exceeds the pain of letting them go. You have given them a chance at a new life, and new adventures, and it fills your heart with happiness for them. So, give it a try, and make a positive difference in the life of folks searching for a dog, and certainly, the Life of the dog who is saved.