I have seen a few dog posts this month and find it funny that it’s the same topic I have been thinking of writing about. I have been trying to figure out how to write the post and not make me sound like the crazy dog lady. But I finally decided fuck it, and here it goes….
Those who know me, know that my dogs are my world and I am very involved in dog rescue as the assistant director of Stealing Hearts Rescue (stealingheartsrescue.com) here in Arizona. I have been volunteering for 9 years now under my good friend after adopting a dog from her. We specialize in pit bulls, but do many other large breed dogs as well.
Many people ask me how I do it. How can I foster a dog, let it live with me for months on end and then let it go willingly to a new family. Truth be told, there are dogs that are hard to say goodbye to and there are some I am so happy to see leave!
My last foster dog, we donated to an amazing program that helps veterans with PTSD. Project 22 Services takes dogs from the E-List (euthanasia list) and trains them to be service dogs for our veterans. All of this at no cost to the veteran. It’s a great program that is slowly getting recognized across the states. I was so happy to be a small part of this amazing program. And after 8 months of fostering, turning the leash over to the veteran, who received the Purple Heart, was very emotional for me. But getting the updates and knowing my sweet foster is doing something for someone who truly needs him, there are no words to describe the joy I feel.
The rescue, SHR, is starting a new program that takes in senior dogs who are in shelters and gives them a foster home that may be a permanent home. Senior dogs are being given up way too often lately due to getting a new puppy. Senior dogs are also the hardest to adopt out. Not many people want an older dog…
I don’t have kids of my own. Sadly I found out late in life I wasn’t able to have any. So when I say that all the dogs that enter my house are my kids, I truly mean it. I enjoy every part of looking after them. From taking them out for walks and giving them a bath, to finding pet food coupons, just so I can treat them once in a while. It’s what they deserve, especially after some of them have come from tough backgrounds. Dogs are family to so many people. If you are looking for a new furry family member, please consider adopting. There are so many amazing dogs waiting in shelters and rescues for their new family. And if you don’t want to adopt at this time, but want to help…. there are so many ways to do so. Donating money, items and your time is more valuable than you may realize.
Happy Holidays Everyone