Lost Dog on My Doorstep: Part 3
Well, as I mentioned before, not a single no-kill shelter in town had room for Gracie, and neither did any of the rescues we contacted. In fact, they’re all hurting for foster volunteers right now. But, one rescue agreed to represent Gracie as a courtesy if we would cover all of her vet costs, foster her ourselves, board her, or find someone else to foster her.
What I mean by “represent her as a courtesy” is that they are not technically taking her on as one of their own rescue dogs, but will create a courtesy listing for her at PetFinder and will show her at adoption events with their other adoptable pets. (I didn’t take the photos for her PetFinder listing, those were taken by the rescue rep. I offered some of my photos to use, but she said that she needed to show Gracie standing up so that people could get a better idea of her size. Fair enough.)
We have indeed covered all her vet costs (vaccinations, tests, spay) and four days of boarding so far, but guess what? Good news! A great family volunteered to foster her! We will pick her up from the vet kennel tomorrow (August 31st) to take her to her first adoption outing at a local PetCo. Then, she will be picked up at the end of the day by her new foster family.
There is no way to say how absolutely thankful we are to those folks for offering to foster her. We will pay for her food and other expenses while she is there… they just need to care for her and provide her a good temporary home. I just pray that everything works out at their home and that they are able to keep fostering her until she is adopted. If not, she may have to go back into boarding. But they have two Labs and are experienced with large active dogs, so I have a lot of hope that it’s going to work out.
In my previous posts, a lot of people have commented that Gracie is very lucky to have wound up on our doorstep; and that we are just fantabulous people for going as far as it takes to help her get rehomed. We’re really not, so please no more patting us on the back. The real heroes are those who are out there working in rescue every single day. The rescue rep that I am working with… she works 60+ hours a week AND does dog rescue… in fact, she has 13 dogs at her house right now, most of whom are fosters. She is one of the heroes out there.
I am not continuing these posts on Gracie to receive recognition or praise for saving her. I’m doing it to a) personally document the process of how one dog went from being a stray to being part of a family again; and b) share her story with others that love hearing about positive outcomes for homeless dogs.
I am super grateful for every comment; but if you want to include cheers, only cheer for Gracie, not us! Right now I’m cheering the family that stepped up to foster!
Stay tuned if you want to follow her story. Hopefully my next post will be to say that she is doing great in her foster home or even better, has been adopted!
UPDATE: We had a minor setback. Read about it in Part 3½.