Why should I adopt a rescue dog?
This is a personal question and personal decision that only you can answer for yourself.
Our answer came resoundingly when we adopted our first shelter dog, and then began volunteering at the shelter. It was closed on Sundays, and we began walking the dogs in the local park, outfitting them in colorful vests with the words “Adopt Me” sewn on. This allowed the dogs to get out for a ride, a walk in the park, and, most importantly, be seen by potential adopters. As you can imagine, the vests were an eye catcher, and we sometimes had as many as 8 dogs promenading through the park.
That weekly activity introduced us to so many dogs who awed us with their love and appreciation. It opened our minds and our hearts in so many different ways, and confirmed our decision to adopt our pets thereafter.
For additional information on the merits of adopting a shelter or rescue dog, visit www.dogs-4life.com.
Why should I foster a dog?
Fostering is the lifeblood of rescue. Maine regulations require that all dogs imported from out of state for adoption be quarantined a minimum of 48 hours if over six months of age and for five days if younger than six months.
Foster homes allow Puppy Love to bring more dogs on the transport, and that increases the number of lives saved. Dogs listed on our web sites that are already in Maine receive many more inquiries than dogs that remain in Louisiana foster homes.
Fostering a dog provides a tremendous sense of reward, knowing you are saving a life from a high-kill shelter by being the conduit to their forever homes. The love and appreciation you will experience from the dogs and their new families will enrich your life and nurture your soul.
How can you let a dog go from fostering? I would want to adopt them all!
This question gets asked a lot. Once you have your first fostering experience, you will be amused by the question. You can’t help but be in awe of the joy that surrounds the foster-to-adoption process.
Imagine the fear and confusion dogs feel when they are left at a Louisiana county shelter. They can sense danger and smell death. Their instincts tell them they are in a horrible situation and on the brink when an angel of rescue comes to their aid and their journey home begins.
Rescued dogs seem to know what their fate could have been, and, our experience has shown, they are appreciative of the gift of a second chance.
For more on the fostering experience, see The Joy of Dog Fostering