It takes a special kind of person to take on a shelter dog, care for them, and send them to a new home. Some even travel to states where pet overpopulation is not such as issue as it is here in Tennessee.
But all of us can be special to a dog in need. People in many different personal situations take on the task of fostering. The one thing all have in common is a compassionate heart for sad cases and a passion for animals.
A rescue story
Last month, a local rescue coordinator named Tammy Woods took twenty-five dogs north to New York. Some had already been chosen and adopted, some were going to foster homes where they would quickly find new families at adoption events.
Finding and choosing the lucky dogs that were slated for euthanasia and could be saved was easy. Finding temporary homes in the Nashville area was not as simple.
“We saved so many lives,” said Woods. “But we could save two times as many with more foster homes.”
The rest of the story
The last rescue effort and transport took countless hours and energy to complete. Tammy worked diligently to coordinate all aspects of pulling the dogs from shelters, sending them to be vetted, coordinating foster homes to pick up and then deliver the dogs back at the appointed time, and then physically took all the dogs to New York.
This week, happy ending stories have been flooding in.
First, there was a black labrador puppy who was lucky to find a foster home where she stayed for two weeks. And while not all her brothers and sisters made it out of the shelter, this little girl now lives in a $3 million condo and enjoys a life of luxery in her new home.
Then there was an older yellow lab mix. Grace was six years old and constantly overlooked at the shelter. Her time was almost up when a foster family spotted her photo and begged for her to get on the upcoming transport. The family took her for two weeks where she became the constant companion and guardian to their 2 year-old son. She had perfect manners and it was difficult for them to let her leave. Grace was adopted this week by a family that recently lost their 26 year-old daughter who was an animal-lover and rescuer. In her memory, they decided to save a life and adopt a rescue dog. They chose Grace.
Help save one, one at a time
The next transport is already scheduled to leave in three weeks. If you would like to save a life and foster a dog, please contact Tammy at [email protected]