Fostering saves lives – be a life saver

Written by Carl Kurek. Posted in Featured, Pets

Published on November 26, 2014 with No Comments

Roughly 7.6 million animals enter community shelters throughout the U.S. every year, according to the ASPCA.  Of which, it is estimated that 31 percent of dogs are euthanized, as are 41 percent of cats.

And it happens every day at shelters in our area – new dogs are brought in and those who have been there the longest must be euthanized to make room. It is never-ending

Turn on the TV and you might see a commercial or news story about homeless and abused animals. Get on Facebook and you are bound to see a post about one from a local animal shelter. Visit one of those shelters and you will see it firsthand.

So often, people see these animals and say, “How sad. I wish I could save them all.”  But the good intentions end there and the animal is forgotten just seconds later.

Well, there are numerous organizations in the area known as animal rescues that are made up of individuals who are dedicated to giving the tens of thousands of forgotten animals filling local animal shelters every year a voice and a second chance at life.

But they need your help.

The majority of rescue groups are foster-based, meaning they don’t have an actual facility to house the animals and instead rely on people in the community who open their homes for even just one of these forgotten pets.

When you sign up to become a foster for a local rescue, they provide all of the necessary supplies including food, crates, and bedding. And since the rescue takes care of all of the vetting for the animal, the only thing that you have to provide is the space and the love.

Whether you are willing to open up your entire house or just a spare room, there is a rescue out there that can match you with the perfect foster companion – dog or cat, big or small, young or old. Are you fond of a certain breed? There are breed-specific rescues, but odds are that breed can be found sitting in a nearby shelter waiting to be saved.

Those involved in rescue often hear others say they cannot foster because it would just be too hard to give the dog up after they have gotten attached to it. But what is more upsetting – having an animal leave your home when it gets adopted into a loving forever home, or knowing that without a foster that same animal will receive a lethal injection after sitting in a crowded shelter, scared and alone.

This time of year is an especially busy one for shelters and rescues. Many strays seek refuge on a porch or in a garage and are then taken away by animal control, but shelters also receive the most surrendered pets around the holidays.

Rescues will not be able to save them all, but with your help they can save just one more.

Area rescues that need donations, volunteers and fosters:

– All Breed Rescue Angels (ABRA) –, P.O. Box 1426, Crown Point

– American Greyhound –, P.O. Box 598, Hobart

– Guardians of the Green Mile –, P.O. Box 182, Portage

– Independent Cat Society –, 4061 County Line Road, Westville

– Lakeshore PAWS –, 405 Elm St, Suite B, Valparaiso

– Second Chance 4 Pets Network –,

There are many other rescues and shelters in the area that need your help. Most can be found online or on Facebook.


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