Category Archives: Dog Rescues

Failed Foster Stories

Typically when people talk about failing as a foster, they mean they ended up adopting the dog, but my failure is a bit different.

Recently we had a little apricot poodle at the shelter, he was one of those nervous poodles who have been someone’s companion and are not used to being alone. Additionally, he’d never been housebroken fully–rather he appeared to be puppy pad trained. He’d been adopted and returned three or four times in a month, sometimes in a couple of days. Poor little guy was back at the shelter and an e-mail went out asking for help–he needed someone to really give him a chance. I’d helped the little guy get adopted to the family that had returned him last, so I’d gotten attached to the little guy. Maybe he could come stay here, learn to potty outside, and learn some independence from Oscar the pro at separation anxiety.

I sent an e-mail off, offering to foster him until someone could be found. Sure I was nervous, but I thought this could work–then I got the news. The little guy had been adopted! This one has taken–I met them at the farmer’s market and it was a match made in heaven. The little guy is going outside, plays with their dog, and more independent then I’d seen him. A foster failure!

The next foster failure was fairly similar. A little white poodle, had been adopted three different times and returned three times. One lady gave him just one day and brought him back because he was too clingy, another family because he was too rowdy with their family dog. He was a little guy, and I walked him for four hours with no one interested in adopting him. I suggested he might come home as a short term foster until he found the right home. They were packing up, and I ran to get the Oscar and Meya to make sure they got along. The three played and had a great time! Perfect. Then a family walked up to look at the dogs, they wanted Oscar (and who wouldn’t), but were looking for a small dog. They had little kids who loved the little white poodle–after all the stuff had been packed, the family decided to adopt him! Another foster failure!

I’m now thinking of offering my services to other dogs in need of foster homes, to see if they can get adopted before they even arrive in my house!


Adoption Success…Think Adoption First

My work schedule doesn’t always permit me to help out at the weekend adoption events. So I was very excited to have the chance to come out this weekend. It was loads of fun, particularly because 4 5 dogs found their forever homes, I left about 45 min before they wrapped things up, and another dog was adopted after I left. That means 5 out of 8 dogs we brought went to new homes!

We’re particularly excited because the shelter we are working with has relaxed some of their policies to allow us to work directly with them to adopt animals. Since they opened a new countywide shelter, I think they are just starting to feel out how these adoption events will best work.

Here are three of the lucky dogs who went home this weekend:

Adrian was an absolute angel of a puppy. Found as a stray, he was probably 4 months old, but already could sit, walked pretty well on a leash, didn’t jump on people when greeting them, played well with other dogs, and had a wonderful calm temperament. This dog would just curl up in your arms if you picked him up. The guy who took him home wanted a Rottweiler, but fell in love when this dog curled up on his feet and tugged on his heart strings.

Rocky, found with Adrian, wandering down the street, and assumed to be his brother. More high spirited, Rocky bounced around the store, but still curled up with a good cuddle. Stole the heart of another couple, when he melted in their arms. He went home to chase some cows on their farm.

Abby was a little older, but just beautiful and calm. A couple who’d been in to look at the puppies, came back and took this little girl home with them.

There was one sad moment. One of the other volunteers is fostering a pit bull who had been dropped off at the shelter with all her puppies, two of whom subsequently died. The people who had dumped the dog off on the shelter showed up at the adoption event, apparently wanting their dog back. Even though they’d been unable/unwilling to take care of their dog, they now expected to be able to get their dog back, now puppy free. Fortunately, as a foster, these neglectful owners will not be able to get this wonderful dog back. It was heartbreaking to see how happy she was to see them, and how callous they were to the suffering she and her puppies had experienced.