A Network of Supporters
Foster care is so much more than just providing a temporary home. Volunteers at rescue groups coordinate fundraisers to collect donations, organize adoption day events and conduct background checks on potential adopters.
Amy too participated in these behind-the-scenes tasks for five years as a transport coordinator. Donating 20-30 hours per week on top of her full-time job, she made hundreds of phone calls to arrange a chain of people to drive (or sometimes fly) a dog from the rescue group to their permanent home or to a foster home. Volunteers who simply share a common love for canines provide all of these rides.
Dogs Have Stories Too
Amy hopes that her work will encourage others to adopt from rescue groups or shelters. She reminds us that every dog, like every person, has a story. And this means that just because a dog is up for adoption doesn't mean that it has a bad personality.
"Dogs in foster homes and shelters are not bad. They might not have fit the person who had them or maybe the person had to move or couldn't afford to take care of their dog," Amy explains. "There are perfectly good dogs in shelters and sometimes you don't know the story behind why they are there."
One great perk of adopting is having a large variety of dogs to pick from. With animals in every shape, size, color, and age, there's a dog out there for every personality and lifestyle.
Amy sums it up nicely: "There's somebody out there for every person and there's a person for every dog."
She's taken in her share of quirky dogs over the years, from a sneaky escape artist to a flying fence jumper, but as a foster dog parent, she knows to be prepared for anything. Despite their oddities, the dogs almost always find a forever home.
Finding Their Way Home
Working with animals is always challenging because, of course, they can't communicate with us. Though money and time rank as the top obstacles, the emotional toll of caring for the dogs can be difficult. The needy dogs are always the hardest, she confesses. When working with a dog to build up trust or to help them heal from an injury or illness, it can be hard to let them go.
The heartbreaking situations and overwhelming need for help sometimes appear hopeless, but this knowledge serves as personal motivation for Amy to keep fostering and to maintain her current lifestyle so she can foster.
"Stay involved," she advises anyone struggling with the fostering process. "When you're more involved in the rescue group, you're more motivated...you're constantly reminded of how great the need is."
Amy recognizes the good in those that are often overlooked and demonstrates the power that can be harnessed from giving second chances. By caring for the lost and forgotten, she's giving potential adopters a second chance at happiness too. Because Amy, more than anybody, truly understands the priceless connection that's made when you meet your new best friend.
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