Becoming actively involved with rescuing dogs via fostering is one of the best things I’ve done for myself. I know that may seem like a weird statement because it’s ultimately about saving the lives of dogs but it’s such a rewarding experience. This weekend, I attended an adoption event with my foster gal Saba. It was our third such event. I dolled her up with a bright yellow bandana so she’d stand out an a way to say, “Please adopt me!” That’s Saba snuggling with a couple chow puppies, also looking for their families.
I work with Annapolis Dog Rescue in Maryland. I am definitely a foster newbie and compared to the ladies in the rescue group who take in litters of puppies at a time (and more!), I’m a total novice. I feel fortunate that I’m part of their “pack” and at each event I learn tips and hear funny stories from the more experienced fosters. Saba wasn’t adopted this weekend but she received strong interest from one family. They are moving in the next few weeks and want to settle into their new home before adopting. They applied for Saba so I’m hopeful but cautiously optimistic. Anything can happen between now and their move.
So, I spent 3 1/2 hours inside Petco on a Sunday afternoon talking up Saba, answering questions about her, making sure she was content (she was! a huge difference from our first event) and cuddling puppies. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. It can be a tiny bit disheartening to see adopters go bananas over the cute puppies and overlook the adult dogs…like Saba. But I get it, puppies are stinkin’ cute. One adopter who actually came to the event to meet Ginger, another dog I briefly fostered, a 4 1/2 year old chihuahua dachshund mix ended up choosing a lab mix puppy. That surprised me and made me feel for Ginger. But her home is still out there just like Saba’s is. All in all, I got to see four puppies go home with their new families and two others are undergoing the application process. Saba and Ginger are next! I just know it.
Another great thing happened this weekend. A friend of mine adopted a 6-year-old Irish wolfhound-labdradoodle-who really knows mix and she told me, “I thought of you when we adopted him.” Seriously one of the best compliments I’ve received. My incessant animal rescue facebook posts are working! ; )