My wife and I are what people commonly refer to as “crazy dog people”. But I think it kind of fits the territory. After all, we have six, no, wait … one, two, yes, six of us. So it’s only natural for a dog-loving couple, both of whom are either extremely big-hearted or just plain crazy, to take their passion for canines to the next level. Surely you can see this from a mile away, right? Yes, we started our own dog rescue.
Furever We Love Dog Rescue is now in its first year of operation. Our mission is to find new and loving homes for puppies whose owners have moved into assisted living, are seriously ill, are in hospice care or who have passed away.
It’s not an easy thing. When we started the rescue, we obviously hoped that every single move and dog we rescued would work perfectly out of every unfortunate situation they found themselves in.
Of course that is not possible. Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. But saving dogs is and will always be what drives us. Some owners have no families, others have families who are unwilling or unable to take their dog with them. Many people see shelters as their only option. It is a sad fact that large numbers of dogs that surrender will die in some of these shelters. And that’s exactly what we’re trying to prevent.
But there are beautiful endings in our salvation, the stuff that will make you cry happy tears, not tears of pain or agony. Since we started as a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) on Jan 13, 2019, we have 62 amazing dogs given to us. We have found new, loving homes for 59, and three are currently under wonderful care.
Some of our pups were adopted as “foster mistakes” while others were adopted by families who fell in love with our mission and our pups. The foster families who support us are some of the most amazing people we have ever met. Angel on earth actually.
Opening your home and heart to a dog that you know will eventually be adopted by someone else requires a special type of person. Many of our foster families are unable to adopt due to work restrictions or other issues. When the day comes to say goodbye to a puppy they loved and cared for – well, it can be heartbreaking. But they put the dogs first and support them all the way.
What has developed organically through our rescue are the consistent updates that we receive from all users. We publish them daily to keep people informed about the dogs’ status, their health and most importantly, their happiness in transitioning to their new families forever. When they are able to, past owners can follow their dogs and rest more easily knowing how happy and safe they are. Some have made friends with the new owners and are receiving personal updates. Foster parents can also see how happy their former charges are and know that they contributed to the successful adoption of these fantastic dogs. Absolutely joyful to see a dog who came to the rescue scared and is now hanging out on the couch, watching TV, playing frisbee in the backyard, or sleeping with his new family.
By the way, when I say “we” did these things, I really mean that my wife Robin did these things. For the most part, I was pretty much just there. Oh, I helped out a bit by taking a dog to the vet to take pictures or accompanying her on occasion when she makes a home visit for a potential adoptive. But believe me, my contribution is microscopic compared to the work she puts into this.
Receiving and replying to emails for hours about a dog (or canine) whose owner can no longer take care of them. Make phone calls at all times to gather as much information as possible about this dog. Schedule a day, time, and place to meet with the owner or a family of the owner to meet the dog. And the other details. Typically, Robin takes care of the necessary paperwork associated with acquiring a dog that is abandoned. She ensures that all questions on the forms have been answered and that the forms are filled out correctly. She schedules the vet check-up to make sure the dog has been spayed or neutered, tested for a heartworm, and received (or should be given) everything else necessary for full health and adoption.
But this is really just the beginning of the adventure. Once we have the dog, she usually takes around 300 photos (you know, you need to be on the dog’s good side, have the right lighting), post a lot of them on social media, and give readers a full review of the new kid – what’s his story, what’s his temperament, how old, yada yada yada.
One of the things that I personally find amazing is the response. Not only are there often multiple inquiries within a day or two, but it often happens that more than one potential user asks for an application.
But oh no, we’re not done yet. By the time she receives an application for adoption, Robin (who else?) Has most likely already carefully screened that person, checked references, contacted her veterinarian, and finally made a home visit to make sure this dog goes home he or she deserves.
Because for everything these dogs go through, a loving home is absolutely deserved. And that’s what this whole thing is about. Dogs. And people who love them.