When people say, “I couldn’t foster because it would be too hard to give the dog up.” I say, “How can it be harder than knowing a dog died because no foster home stepped up?” –Stubby Dog
On Sunday we picked up our newest foster pup from Miami-Dade Animal Services. Enzo (formerly named Rubio) is a 2 year-old Chow/Golden Retriever/Sharpei (we think) who is sweet as can be! He’ll be staying with us while he recovers from heartworm then will travel North to a rescue group to find his forever home.
Through fostering, we’ve become friends with the awesome gals who run Miami Dogs On the Move, a program currently saving many animals in our community. MDAS (our local shelter) takes in 100-150 dogs every day and has a high kill rate for the unfortunate animals who end up there. Miami Dogs On the Move (MDOtM) transports these pups to responsible no-kill rescue organizations throughout the Northeast Coast. When the dogs arrive on transport, the rescue groups place them in foster homes until they find forever homes. Some of these dogs already have forever homes waiting for them when they arrive on transport! Our previous fosters that have traveled on MDOtM include DJ and Bethany.
Enzo is a beautiful pup with the sweetest disposition ever. He is friendly with other dogs and great with people and kids. He doesn’t bark or jump and even knows to do his business along the edge of the fence. He is about 15-20 lbs. underweight and Dom and I are working to fatten him up. Because he’s heartworm positive and currently going through treatment, he is confined to his crate and doesn’t get to interact with us much. The treatment is very serious (dogs can die if not properly cared for during the treatment) so we have to stick to this rule, even though he doesn’t look physically sick. When he completes his treatment and is no longer HW+, he will get to go on transport and from there, find his forever home.
While we were arranging to foster Enzo, my best friend informed me she was interested in fostering too! Heaps of information, a little reassurance and one day later, Dina came with me to the shelter to pick up Enzo. She left with Lady, a beautiful 8-year-old Mini Schnauzer, who also needed a temporary foster until she’s transported. Beautiful Lady was passed up again and again at MDAS and the shelter recommended putting her down at the end of the 5-day stray hold. She’s partially blind, has periodontal disease and a slight heart murmur and because of those things, she was deemed not worthy enough to live. A wonderful animal rescue sanctuary, Evo and Eli’s Love Box in PA, will be taking this little beauty. Lady will then live out her days in the animal haven, surrounded by canine companions and lots of love. Check out her before and after photos– it’s amazing what a little grooming can do!
Our final update: BETHANY GOT ADOPTED!!!!!!!!!! Surely many of you remember our Bethany stories and photos; she stole our hearts for the 4 months she stayed with us. When Bethany went to Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue, she was fostered by an awesome family and, after about a month, found her perfect forever home! We miss her dearly but couldn’t be happier she can finally settle into her new place called home.