A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the animals in the care of ACDC.
by Barb Natividad
Her kids got Stephanie Anctil, who fosters dogs, involved as a foster parent. “My children wanted another dog. I was afraid they would lose interest, and I would end up caring for a new dog. So my cousin, Nikki Senecal, who works in communications with ACDC, suggested that we try fostering dogs instead. This way, my kids could get to experience many different dogs and see how much work is involved.”
Laurie Marshall, who fosters rabbits, also began fostering at the behest of her children: in her case, her daughter had a high school community service requirement. Laurie and her family had never had pets before–and Laurie points out that fostering can be a great fit for families that are currently pet-free. “Fostering is the perfect solution for people who don’t want a permanent pet. A big concern for parents is that kids will lose interest in a pet and then the parents have to take care of it. That is far less of a problem when fostering, plus a family can get a realistic sense of what’s involved in caring for a pet. I love the flexibility of being able to take a break between foster rabbits if needed, too.”
Fostering is also a great way for kids to learn about responsibility towards animals; Laurie’s daughter now pet sits for other rabbit owners. Even four-legged family members can get involved. Stephanie’s eight-year-old dog, Jet, is an important part of her family’s fostering solution. “Jet models good behavior on walks, in the car. He will correct the puppies much like a mother dog would.”
The time commitment for fostering is less than people might expect, says Kim Butler, who fosters cats and has been doing so for thirty years (even before she joined ACDC). She fosters cats while also caring for her own pets, although she keeps her own animals separate from the fosters. It may sound like she lives in a mansion, but Kim points out “you don’t need a lot of space for cats.”
So, if anyone can be a good fosterer, what makes someone successful at it? On that, Stephanie, Laurie, and Kim all agree: a good foster parent is someone who cares about animals, wants to be involved with them, and is willing to be patient, responsible, and consistent as they work with their new pets.
And these three foster parents also agree that the satisfaction that comes from seeing them adopted into a permanent home is ample reward. As Stephanie says, “It’s very rewarding when you make a good match between owner and dog and see a great friendship begin. My children have become attached to a few of our fosters, but once they meet the loving adoptive families, the kids are excited for the dog and his new family.” And Kim agrees, “the best part of fostering is finding a new home for the animals, and getting thank you e-mails from the new adopters.”
Interested in fostering an adoptable cat, dog, or rabbit? Attend ACDC’s information session September 10, 6:30 pm at the Newtown Square Library. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Barb Natividad
Beamer was surrendered to the shelter after being hit by a car. Abandoned by his family, he now faced an uncertain future. What would happen to an injured dog in the shelter with extensive tissue damage on his right leg? ACDC stepped in and brought him for treatment. Due to the extent of the injury, closing the wound was difficult. The vet said if Beamer’s wound doesn’t remain closed, he may require additional surgery.
This sweet and playful schnauzer mix received laser therapy to the affected leg, and more sessions may be necessary. Beamer requires follow-up visits to the vet to assess his progress.
He is currently in foster care, where his guardian reports that he has begun to use his front leg. Beamer would be a wonderful addition to any family. However, it is ACDC’s policy not to adopt out injured animals, but to treat them until they’re ready to go to their forever homes. Of course this costs money. If you’d like to sponsor Beamer’s treatments, please click here.
This little guy is expected to recover well.
ACDC is all about saving lives. It’s as simple as that. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the proposition that all cats and kittens (and dogs and rabbits) deserve safe, loving, permanent homes. Our foster parents will provide temporary care for cats and kittens in their homes while the animals wait for their forever homes. Their compassion provides the second chance that so many stray, abandoned or homeless cats kitties need. If you join us, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped save the lives of these helpless animals. ACDC provides training and support, medications, and absorbs all veterinary expenses associated with the care of our felines. If you love kitties and would like to be a part of our lifesaving team, consider opening your heart and home to cats or kittens in need.
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Our upcoming Paws n Pints features some really great prizes:
Hurt, hungry, and scared, Pip the chihuahua was wandering the streets in the summer heat. Luckily a local shelter brought him in, and friends from ACDC came to the rescue. Pip was set up with a loving foster home and brought to the vet. This two year old boy was severely underweight, weighing only 3.6 pounds. In addition he could not use his front right leg. X-rays determined Pip’s leg was broken and he would need to wear a cast for the next four to six weeks. Pip will spend this time healing in his foster home, and this loving pup will be ready to meet his forever family sometime in August. In the meantime, you can sponsor Pip here.