Since I was twelve years old I’ve been aiding in the rescue of dogs (and some cats, too). I began volunteering for my local PSPCA and assisted them in caring for the animals at the shelter, organizing events, and finding individuals to adopt the shelter residents. At that time, the shelter was a kill shelter, not just a kill shelter, but a high-kill shelter. Meaning they euthanized more animals than they adopted out, or close to it. Being only twelve years old, I did not understand this concept. I was naive to the fact that many of the animals were put-down, or euthanized. I simply did not put two and two together. The workers were not compassionate and the shelter lacked cleanliness. But, it was the only local shelter and only opportunity at the time that I had to rescue dogs. Today, it is a different story. That same shelter is now a no-kill shelter and the team leader is very compassionate. I have assisted them with placing many dogs, mainly Siberian Huskies. I evaluate them from time to time and try to help them place the dog whether in an adoptive home or foster home.
That brings me to fostering. I also foster dogs for local rescues that do not have shelters. These rescues rely heavily on foster homes to be temporary parents to their dogs since they do not have a shelter building. I have fostered five dogs and ended up keeping one. So, as of now, since we have four dogs, my fostering days are temporarily on hold. A lot of people ask me about fostering. I share my experience with fostering in the article, Fostering for a Dog Rescue.
I have come across many animals throughout the years, that needed my help. Through my volunteer work with shelters, my employment at the SPCA, foster work with rescues and currently my studies in becoming a Veterinary Technician I have met hundreds of needy cats and dogs. All dogs and cats have a story. Whether they were abused, abandoned, or simply dropped off at the shelter they all have different life experiences. Understanding where they came from is the key to understanding the animal.
I always have my guard up until I understand or know the animal’s background. Until I know where they came from and what experiences they had I cannot establish trust with the animal. Establishing a trusting relationship with the animal is key to rescue. I enjoy working with animals for many reasons and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.