By Mark T. Freeley, Esq. (Open Post)August 1, 2013 at 9:31am
Without the selflessness of foster families providing temporary homes for animals awaiting adoption, Last Chance Animal Rescue would not be able to save the lives of so many deserving animals. By offering a temporary home and providing shelter, care and attention, you are giving an animal a chance at life.
The number of available foster families directly affects the number of animals that Last Chance can save from High Kill shelters. You may think that it would be too hard to say "good-bye" to your foster. However, in the big picture you are providing them the opportunity to find their forever home, and that is the greatest feeling of all. Each week I see dogs that my daughter and I have taken off the transport van , cleaned up, played with, and spent the day with, adopted by loving families. Each week we have a favorite dog that we become attached to, and although it is sad to say "good-bye" to them, we both have big smiles and a warm feeling inside when we see them go home with their new family.
If you are not yet ready to foster a dog, start by volunteering for Last Chance as there is always a need for more volunteers. You can visit www.LCARescue.org to learn more about how to become a volunteer or a foster. You can also see all the animals they presently have available for adoption, and new dogs are brought up from South Carolina each weekend and dropped off at many of the local Petco and PetSmart stores in Suffolk.
Each weekend volunteers are needed at local pet adoption events or to transport dogs to and from the events. There is also a great Rescue Ranger program where kids can volunteer and earn community service hours.
So pay it forward, get involved and help save the lives of animals that are depending on us to find them a home.
Mark T. Freeley, Esq.