BENEFITING: EAST BAY ANIMAL RESCUE AND REFUGE
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2013
Judy Adabie wrote -
I'm running the San Francisco marathon to raise awareness for the need of foster homes for rescue groups. Our lives have been touched by so many great foster dogs! There are many more dogs and cats that are waiting for a chance. While some dogs do fine in a shelter waiting for an adoptive family others are overly stressed. Many dogs are withdrawn and over looked in the shelter and others need socialization and training to be adopted. Without foster families many of these dogs will never have a chance.
Most rescue organizations rely solely on foster families since they do not have shelter facilities. Being a foster family for a dog or cat can be extremely rewarding. I’m always asked how I can let go of the dog when they get adopted. It’s not easy but when I look at the hundreds of animals that still need help I realize how important that spot is in my home. I can’t adopt thousands of animals but I can let many of them crash at my place until they find a home of their own. If you live in the East Bay please check out the East Bay Animal Rescue & Refuge site for more information on fostering or adoption.
I would like to share some animal statistics with you:
- 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.
- 3 to 4 million of those animals are euthanized. (60% of dogs and 70% of cats)
- 25% of the dogs who enter shelters are purebred.
- Only 15-20% of dogs are returned to their owners (most identified with tags, tattoos or microchips).
If you have a pet (62% of households in the US do) give them a hug tonight. Then consider the animal that looks just like your pet at the shelter and think about letting them stay at your home for just a little while. For more information on being a foster family please visit PetFinder.com and follow my blog on our foster pets at http://relaytracker.com/CanICrashatYourPlace/
11 reasons to foster a dog from thatMutt.com
- You increase that dog's chance of being adopted.
- Your own dog will learn more social skills.
- It's a good way to see if youa are ready for an additional dog.
- You help the rescue learn about the dog's personality.
- You will appreciate your own dog's good behavior.
- You are saving a dog's life.
- Many animal shelters can't function without foster homes.
- You might end up with a new family member.
- The dog gets to live with your family rather than at a shelter.
- Any volunteering makes a person feel good.
- It's a way to help without spending money.