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Every day dogs and cats are taken to the shelter for many reasons.  One reason is very near and dear to my heart, because their owners can not afford food for themselves let alone for these poor babies.

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Creating a pet food pantry is something that has been on my heart for sometime,  but keeps getting pushed to the back burner.

Tonight this came across my Facebook news feed reigniting my passion.

Hey guys!  I have a person I know in need of dog and cat food!  Anything will help.  They have 2 dogs, a pit and a lab, and four cats.  They are going through a hard time, last thing I want to see is them having to get rid of them and they end up in the wrong hands!  Can anyone donate pet food? 

I am determined to not let this get pushed to the back burner again.  I would like to invite you to join me on this journey to make sure no dog or cat goes to sleep without food in their belly or sitting in a shelter because their family couldn’t afford to feed them.

I would live to hear your thoughts on this issue or if you know of a successful pet food pantry please share their link with us.

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Be A Dog Hero

Fostering dogs is such a fun and rewarding experience. Fostering is a lot like mountain climbing. Everyone agrees it is a noble pursuit, just not something they consider doing themselves. They think surely it must take someone very strong and courageous. That couldn’t be further from the truth. If you can provide a warm loving home, a comfy place for them to lay their head and food and water you can be a foster parent.

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Foster homes are the backbone of any rescue organization. Everyday 1000’s of dogs are put to sleep because the shelters are too full. These dogs are not just the older dogs or the ones who are very sick. 100’s of puppies are put to sleep everyday.

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Perfectly good dogs are dumped at the pound not because they are bad or dangerous but because……

  • I can’t afford it anymore
  • We are moving
  • We are having a baby
  • I just don’t want it

 

What Are The Benefits Of Fostering A Dog

  • Gives you a sense of purpose
  • Great way for you to maybe find that furever friend you have been thinking about
  • Great way to learn about different breeds
  • Teaches children about service and respect for all living things

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What Is Required To Foster A Dog

  1. Plan to keep your foster indefinitely. Sometimes they are placed quickly. Other times it may take many months
  2. Provide a good home. *Safe, *Comfortable, *Healthy Environment, *Plan on your foster being kept inside.
  3. Work with the rescue for medical treatment. *Most rescues will cover medical treatment during fostering
  4. Treat the foster as if it were your own. This helps them to learn good manners and gets them used to living with a family (So often fosters come from homes where they have been chained outside away from human contact)
  5. Never hand over your foster to someone. All adoptions are done through the rescue.

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Remember, there is NEVER enough room in the shelters and every day dogs are loosing their lives. The more foster parents there are. The more lives will be saved

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National Just One day

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Can our nation take just ONE day to be a NO KILL NATION? June 11th is just that day.

Everyday all across this great nation 10,000 adoptable Kittens, Puppies, Dogs & Cats loose their life in a shelter. But on June 11th Shelters and rescues all over this nation are pledging to make this day a no kill day.

895c6a_6cb338664051404aba56626d3108192bMike Fry got the idea for Just One Day while talking to someone who was in a chemical dependency program. He asked who they were doing and the answer was “You know, One Day at a time”. He realized for most shelters killing was their go to solution, just like destructive addictions it is difficult to stop. But when he heard just one day, He thought what a great way for shelters to try something new.

To participate shelters don’t have to make a major overhaul to their operations. They just have to pledge to do something different for JUST ONE DAY, No Kill on June 11th. His hope is then it will be easier to not kill on June 12th as well.

When looking at the list of SC Shelters that are participating I was happy to see that Greenville County Animal Care has taken the pledge. On this day please show your love and support to them. Remember June 11th is the day to support them by going and adopting one of the Kittens, Puppies, Cats or Dogs that is having their life save for JUST ONE DAY