There are many dogs, just like these, JUST waiting for the chance at a new life .
Please consider fostering a dog in need,...
They desperately need your help!
When my husband and I decided to adopt a dog from a setter rescue three years ago I was impressed. Impressed by the wonderful concept of people opening up their homes to dogs that many times come straight from a shelter, making the dog part of their family life, working with them, gaining their trust, giving them confidence, evaluating their personality and then I could come along and could choose the right dog for my situation and existing family members---especially the furry variety.
I was also so positively surprised what nice people you can meet in the rescue community; people that are selfless and generous. I wanted to give back, wanted to join in and become part of the rescue family. I started to volunteer for transports and my husband and I talked about giving fostering a try down the road.
Well, “down the road” came quicker than anticipated. A 6 month-old orange setter boy was sitting in an
Fostering gives you the awesome ability getting to know many sweet dogs you’ve otherwise never been able to meet up with. You gain loving memories of their traits, funny, goofy habits, and see them blossom in your care. When they are ready to get adopted, it’s not always easy to let them go----but saying goodbye is much more sweet than bitter, as their memories will always stay with you and you are so proud when you get updates from their new families on how they are doing and continuing to thrive. I CAN let them go, as I know they are going to a loving, caring new family, and there’s always another needy pup out there that needs our help.
As foster family you pay for your foster dog’s food, treats and any toys you might buy for them. The rescue group also appreciates your help in driving the first leg of a transport, if your foster dog gets adopted further away. Your expenses are tax deductible. Illinois Birddog Rescue pays for all standard vetting, such as vaccinations and spay/neuter of the foster dog-plus additional vetting as approved by the board.
Fostering has also helped my own dogs to become more sociable and more at ease with furry visitors at our home. I even threw a dog party with 21 dog guests at my house, and my fur kids didn’t even blink an eye. You also learn a lot about your own dogs in interaction with foster dogs. Since starting to foster, my husband and I have learned so much more about dog body language, pack behavior and personality and how to better communicate with your dogs through your own actions and body language. It’s fun and fascinating. We love it.
Of course there are always reasons why some people cannot consider fostering---such as being gone from home way more than the standard 8-9 hours on a work day, a fur kid that’s just not wanting other dog company no matter what, etc. If fostering is not for you, see if you’d have fun to help in other ways. We always need drivers for dog transports and people to help with home visits for potential adopters. Let us know which area you live in and that you would like to be contacted if a transport route or home visit is near where you live. Also---Illinois Birddog Rescue is always in need of donations and appreciates any monetary help you can give.
The miracle of rescue is that so many pieces make up the puzzle. Nobody can do it alone—even if somebody drives in a transport only ONCE, or fosters only ONE dog in their lives, they’ve been touched by rescue and have contributed and saved one life. That’s the beauty of it.
As reported by Lisa Floros, mother of little 2-year old Sofia and setter fur kids Mallory and
I am going CRAZY! I don't know what to do with
myself! I have only been without Mazie and Dorothy
for less than a day and I am bored! At least I had
to snuggle with last night. She took Mazie's Willow
spot in the bed! But I took her to her new family this
Then, I brought
home from Grandma's. Sofia is Sofia
beside herself that her girls are gone! (She doesn't
understand that we will be in IL next weekend to get
Mazie!) It has been almost 5 hours of her crying for
and searching for "Mazie Lou" & "Dorfy"!
and Mallory are ticked off as well! They are so Cali
got into a bag of garbage while drying Cali
her muddy body in the garage! She has never done
that! At least that gave me a reason to give her a
bath! Mallory crawled into Dorothy's crate and
whimpered for 10 minutes!
I guess I'll just clean my house this week and check
with the city about a kennel license! LOL! Our walks
are so much shorter. I think I actually miss
preparing Mazie's yummy raw food! In my opinion, I don't
have enough dog hair on my clothes or in my car! My
laundry loads are so much smaller without the doggie
I understand Amy's boredom while she's away from
school much better ...now!
Bottom line...my life without my foster dogs isn't as
Several months ago we came across the IBR site. Our lives have not been the same since we saw Libbys photo on PetFinder.
When we decided to try to adopt Libby back in July and were approved we sent out the following announcement by email to all of our friends:
My wife and I have been discussing a very important issue. We have been talking about adoption. I know, all of you are thinking why would someone their age even think about adoption. Well you have not met Libby. She is a beautiful girl with pretty eyes and a face that would melt the best of us. When we heard about her and her situation we didn't have to think twice. We have filled out the adoption papers and have the preliminary approvals. It looks as though we will be going to the
So, we did adopt this poor little lost soul. She was so scared when she came to us. I have attached a photo of her first day in the back yard.
She has come a long way since July.
So have my wife and I.
IBR has changed our life in such a good way. The joy and love that we have received from all of our foster dogs is something that can not be expressed in words. Simon, Watson,
If anyone out there is considering being a foster home, don't think twice about it.The rewards are greater then you would ever believe.
I know that IBR is always in search of foster homes for all of the dogs that they save.
You could be one of those homes.
Try it. There will be no regrets.
To all of the fosters, transporters, and volunteers that help out IBR, keep up the great work. You all know what I am talking about.
Lisa, you have touched so many lives and saved so many dogs. Your rewards are the greatest of all. Success makes for happiness.
You must be very happy.
Don't ever stop.
Greg and Patricia Holden
These two boys, brothers we think, showed up with in days of each other in
It has taken a few minutes for
She used to love me.
Then Simon came to our home.
She still loved me.
But she did love Simon.
Then Watson came to our home and challenged our love.
Watson had a special place in her heart.
But she still loved me.
But not by much.
We need to find a home for this boy.
Competition is great.
When you know you don't stand a chance
you step aside.
Now her love is
Does anyone want to adopt a fat guy that has a lot of love to give?
That would be me.