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What a foster home means to a shelter dog.

From the moment she stepped into her kennel, Brisa, a lovely black lab wanted to shut down, she wanted to stop the noises and the smells unfamiliar to her. She looked so sad and despondent inside that kennel.

From the moment she stepped into her kennel, Brisa, a lovely black lab wanted to shut down, she wanted to stop the noises and the smells unfamiliar to her. She looked so sad and despondent inside that kennel. The Animal Care Associates and gave her special attention, took her for walks, tried to get her to play with other dogs but it was in vain, no one could get Brisa out of the state of mind she was in.

Kaja and Jeremy had just started volunteering for HSEP and they notice Brisa and her demeanor, so they asked, “what can we do for her?” They thought that maybe if they could get her out of the shelter she would be happier, but they are not looking to adopt; The adoption ambassador program was the answer.

They took Brisa home and took care of her while actively looking for a potential adopter. The transformation was immediate: as soon as Brisa got to her foster home, she was a different dog. Brisa was happy, tail wagging, wanted to be in the company of people, and got along with the resident dog.

A couple weeks after going into foster Brisa was adopted by a nice family, and Kaja and Jeremy were ecstatic. The couple never fostered before, but the experience was so fullfiling they decided they would do it again. Kaja recommends everyone try fostering, say “My husband and I really loved having Brisa around and seeing her transform. It was incredibly rewarding and we are planning on fostering again when we get to our new home in Washington.”

 

Some dogs are not wired to cope with sudden changes to their environment or routine; dogs are sentient beings, meaning they are sensitive and emotional and they require nurturing and respect.

At the HSEP, rescues are given dignity and care, and staff and volunteers try their very best to keep rescues busy. Despite the best efforts, HSEP personnel cannot give rescues the same love and attention they would receive in a home.

 

Dogs think, dogs feel, and dogs love; thoughts, feelings, and love have a more fertile ground to grow in the safety of a loving home.

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