A long-time supporter of animal rescue, I have been volunteering for various rescue organizations for years.
With Furry Kids, one of the things I wanted to do is to try to help adoptable dogs who have been long-term shelter residents. There are dogs who have in some cases been languishing in shelters for years. They are just as loving and deserving of a home as other pets, but may be older, or not get along with other pets, or have other needs that require a foreverhome that is just right for them. For shelters who have harder-to-place dogs that could use some extra exposure, I am offering my photography services free of charge to do sessions that hopefully capture each dog’s special personality, and give the dog some broader exposure on social media in hopes of finding their perfect match. I have been traveling to many parts of the state to photograph shelter dogs. Shelters who have a dog (or cat) that would benefit from a photo session can email Furry Kids using the email icon at the top of the page, or call (207) 966-2998.
Other ways we try to help –
Since 2004 I have been the Maine Volunteer Coordinator for North East Rottweiler Rescue. Besides scheduling and taking part in the Maine events I have been donating my time and photography skills and photo products to our annual ‘Photos with Santa’ and ‘Photos with the Easter Bunny’ events for the past 11 years. For the past several years I have coordinated and designed the yearly NERR photo calendar. My husband and I have also fostered several dogs for NERR in previous years (and adopted a few along the way), and have done countless photos of adoptable dogs in foster care in Maine.
Our Bullmastiff, Maggie, was adopted through American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service. For 3 years I have coordinated and designed the yearly ABARS calendar, as well as mailing out the calendar orders. It has become a very successful fundraiser.
Yes, we have failed at fostering some times (‘failing’ in the fostering world is a affectionate term for adopting the dog yourself). But out of the 19 dogs we have fostered over the past several years, we have only kept 5 of them, so we still have a pretty good average of sending them on their way to other foreverhomes. Yes, it is really hard to say goodbye to them. But it’s a lot harder to know that there are thousands of animals in shelters that will not make it out alive without the foster homes that rescue organizations so desperately need. And the best part is getting updates from their new families after they are adopted.
Try being a foster home!
If you are afraid you will get too attached, start by fostering for an organization like Almost Home, who often need temporary fosters for just a few days at a time. It will give you a good taste of what fostering is like before you take the plunge with
a longer-term foster.