I heard about Lab Chat and wanted to ask you a question. I am a beautiful Lab and I am in a shelter. It is very scary here. There are dogs that bark all day long. It is very hot and wet and I don’t’ get any play time with anyone at all. Some of the dogs don’t feel well and others are mean because they have had a more hard life than me. I do not know how I got here….one day I was playing in my yard with my humans, then I was in the car for a long time, then they brought me here but they left without me….I don’t know why…. I am 5 years old and a good dog. People come to look at me but they walk away. I don’t understand why I am here, I didn’t do anything bad. I heard about rescue groups that save dogs from shelters and bad homes and bad humans….can you help me get rescued Xena? What happens when a dog is rescued?
Dear Rescue Me,
First, you have to be strong. I know it is hard. I myself was in a cage for over a year before I was rescued. The day I was rescued was the best day ever. It will happen for you too. When you get rescued, that means that a group of good humans know you are there and that you need help. They come in and get you out. The hard part is sometimes they don’t have a lot of this thing called “money” to keep you somewhere until you get your new family. So, they have to have what is called a FOSTER to take you in. It is like being with good humans just for a bit, until you find your forever home. Fosters help out so much – they treat you like you are their own dog and help you feel happy again. Without Fosters, rescue groups have a hard time. There are so many dogs that need to be rescued, and not enough Fosters to help out. It is good that you asked me this question – maybe more good humans will step up to be a Foster. Here is the best way I can explain what Fosters really do and how much all rescue groups love and need them….
Hugs — Xena
A Foster Dog Poem
by Diane Morgan
I am the bridge between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush, because my heart melted when I saw you, matted and sore, limping, depressed,
lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine. I will feed you with my own hand I will love you with my whole heart
I will make you whole. I am made of steel.
Because when the time comes, when you are well, and sleek, when your eyes shine, and your tail wags with joy….Then comes the hard part.
I will let you go — not without a tear, but without a regret. For you are safe forever—
A new dog needs me now…..
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FOSTERING, CONTACT INFO@ATLANTALABRESCUE.COM – YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID – YOU WILL SAVE A DOG!