Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Davey Reaches a New Home

Davey climbed Catamount Hill
A dreary weekend filled with rain was made a little brighter with news that one of the Foster Dog Summit hikers reached his final destination!  While the rain interrupted my hiking plans for the first weekend of October, it certainly did not dampen my spirits.

I was thrilled to learn that Canine Guardians for Life, Inc. had found a permanent home for Davey who tackled the trails en route to the summit of Catamount Hill back in August.  One of our smallest hikers to date, twenty-four pound Davey proved that he could climb just as well as dogs twice his size.

We look forward to receiving photos and updates on Davey from his new family which includes another dog who was previously adopted from Canine Guardians for Life, Inc.  While we await those updates and begin planning our next hike for this weekend, we invite you to continue sharing the adventures of other Foster Dog Summit hikers such as Bowie who is still waiting for his perfect family to find him.

Stella, Archie (f/k/a Davey) and Purl
We received an update from Davey, now named Archie, shortly after this post was published.  Here is Archie with his siblings Stella and Purl comfortably demonstrating how they summit the bed!

In addition to adopting, we hope that you or your friends and family members will consider becoming a foster provider for one of the many dogs waiting to be transported from an overcrowded animal shelter.  Fostering a dog is a wonderful way to assist a rescue group by providing a home for a few weeks up to a few months while their volunteers coordinate marketing efforts and begin reviewing applications from potential adopters. 

Unlike other areas of your life, when you foster a dog, "failure" is always an option!  In rescue terms, failure means that you agree to become a foster family and then decide that you cannot possibly part with him or her, so you make an application for adoption yourself.  It happens.  However, it does not always happen and there is no pressure for foster families to adopt, but occasionally people simply find a perfect match this way.

Most foster homes have one or more of their own dogs already and find that opening up their home to one more is an easy way to volunteer without making a permanent commitment to another dog.  Of course, foster families are not required to have other dogs in the household, so people without pets are encouraged to apply.  Foster dogs are fully vetted before arrival in their temporary homes and should any additional veterinary care be required, the rescue groups handle those financial responsibilities.

To learn more about becoming a foster family, please contact Canine Guardians for Life, Inc. and click on the Fostering tab at the top of the homepage.  You can also like their page on Facebook.

1 comment:

  1. We have been honored to foster for Canine Guardians for Life for several years. It's been a joyous experience. We do so little, really, but it does our hearts and souls good to know we helped. And this is a great group to work with. It's a glorious feeling to help these pups on their way to a wonderful adopting home. I wish more folks would reach out and give fostering a try. The need is great, as are the rewards!