NEW FOSTER HOMES 2013
How many of you watch our website to see the dogs that are up for adoption? How many of you “ooh” and “aah” over their precious faces? Do you cheer when they are marked "adopted," knowing that they now have their chance at a happily ever after? We at ACES are thankful to be able to save the number of setters that we do every year. But, there are many, many more that we cannot help, simply because when they need us, we don't have an open foster home to take them. Every month, ACES is notified of 40 or more setters that need rescuing, and that's just the ones we hear about. We are only able to help a fraction of them.
Fostering is not for everyone. It can be hard work, but it can also be one of the most rewarding and selfless things you could do. There is no reason to take an unknown dog into your home to live for a little while until it finds a home of its own. No reason except that you care. Some of our foster homes take in fosters regularly, while others are willing to foster occasionally or when a dog is nearby. Still others have given fostering a try for a shorter term, for example, fostering a dog for a few weeks until a permanent foster home opens up.
Here's an example of how one of our current volunteers feels about fostering:
Eight years ago, a spunky little setter came running into our lives….and she was running fast. That sweet setter, Nyla, got a second chance at life because of ACES. From that moment on, we knew we wanted to give back to this great organization. We have fostered several ACES dogs who have all found places in our hearts. Slim Jim was a goofy, lanky setter that loved to play but loved to cuddle even more. Pixie entertained us every night as she tossed her toys about the house and enticed us to play. And Bailey was about the cutest setter we had ever seen. But one guy really touched our hearts, Famous Amos. Despite the fun and exciting name, Amos was shy and fearful of almost everything. As time went on, he began to trust us and even became our good pal. After feeding, watering and loving him for a few months, he was ready to find a home of his own.
When Amos was adopted, I immediately began to worry how this shy guy would handle the change that was about to occur. My husband must have sensed my anxiety because the morning of the transport his first words were “I’ll drive Amos.” After a tearful goodbye, I put this sweet setter in the car. The picture of his nervous face will never be erased from my memory. Later in the day, updates from all the transport volunteers poured in. The transport went exactly as I had predicted…terrible! The weather was bad, Amos threw up in the cars, he wouldn’t eat, he wouldn’t potty, and he was incredibly nervous. Not too long ago, I received a new picture of Amos from his family. He was at an outdoor festival, sitting on the lap of his new dad, looking happy and confident! The sadness of saying goodbye is replaced with warm memories and a couple of new friends in Amos’ new folks.
Fostering has enriched our lives more than we could have ever imagined. Our canine and ACES family grows every day. The dedication of all of the volunteers is incredibly inspiring. So often we are asked how we have the strength to give away these fabulous dogs. The answer is always easy. ACES doesn’t find just any home for these dogs, they find the right home.