How can you rescue/foster dogs/puppies only to say goodbye when they are adopted?
This is a question that I have been asked many times. It’s an unimaginable feeling of happiness and dread when the dog/puppy you’ve been fostering for weeks or months finds their fur-ever home.
Happiness because you know that you have chosen the perfect family for your foster. You know that when your foster finds their fur-ever home, you will be able to save another dog/puppy in need. Dread because you know that the day is fast approaching when you will have to say goodbye to the foster you saved from almost certain death.
The bond you form with a dog/puppy you save and foster is indescribable. All I can tell you is that they speak to you with their eyes. So much pure love and appreciation is shown just by looking into their eyes.
I am truly blessed to be able to witness this time and time again when I bring dogs/puppies to a foster and see what love can do to change a once broken and scared animal. Today, I was privileged enough to see the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.
Monica, her husband and daughter Monique have been amazing friends and fosters with me for over a year. I truly consider them family! So it was not out of the ordinary for me to ask them to come along and aid in rescuing dogs/puppies.
On a very stormy Sunday in early June, I asked Monica to come with me to a trailer park and translate Spanish to English for me. We had been alerted to a momma dog and 3 puppies living in terrible conditions under a trailer. So, off we went to save the mom and puppies.
It took a few hours in the rain with lighting and thunder clapping above us to wrangle mom and 2 of her pups. We couldn’t find the 3rd pup and the owners (who were relinquishing the dogs to Honoring Hope and Faith Rescue, Inc..) were not being cooperative. So, we left with the mom and 2 pups determined to come back and save the 3rd pup the following day.
I headed to Destiny and Cliff’s with mom and 2 pups. Their house suddenly became ground zero for the little family. Destiny and her family fostered and ultimately adopted puppy #1 AKA: Piper. Stephanie fostered puppy #2 AKA: Truman and her mother in law adopted him. Ashley and her boyfriend fostered mom AKA: Mimi until the amazing Sandra was able to take over (Mimi is now available for adoption).
But there was still 1 more puppy scared and cold, hiding underneath that trailer.
Monica and Monique were not going to let that puppy suffer any longer! When we did not hear from the “owners” the next day, they went over to rescue the puppy. It took several hours, but the puppy was now safe! The “owners” were more than happy to have us out of their hair!
Monica and her family took care of sweet puppy #3 AKA: Lilly Von until we found the absolute perfect family for her. Today I picked them up at their home and drove them to complete the adoption and let Lilly Von begin a new chapter in her life.
I am in awe of the strength and love that Monica and her family show to each and every dog/puppy they foster! As we left Lilly with her fur-ever family I turned to Monica and gave her a hug. We both cried. Monica because she was saying goodbye to her sweet Lilly Von and me because I can’t stand to see someone I love, admire and adore in any sort of pain!
We all climbed into my SUV and began talking about what we went through, how many people were involved and the hours spent to save a mom and her 3 puppies.
THIS is why we rescue! THIS is why we pour our hearts into loving a sweet animal that will one day leave us to begin a new chapter.
Now to continue to save more!
Written by: Renee’ Landrum
*A special thank you to Natural Pawz for allowing us to take over their Pearland store this afternoon flooding it with happiness, tears of joy and lots of laughter!