Meet our senior boy Baloo, he’s the kindest, gentlest big bear in the whole jungle!
Look at that smile!!
Want to know Baloo’s favorite thing? Rolling slowly into your lap like a 10-lb lapdog! He has no idea that he’s a giant - please don’t tell him.
He has mastered the “serious” face, and does a fab job showing you his big grin. Seriously, everyone that meets him falls in love. Baloo was pulled from the local city shelter NYC ACC in early-February. We pulled him after hearing rave reviews from every shelter staff member and volunteer, one of whom called him “everyone’s boyfriend.”
Baloo has been fully vetted, vaccinated and neutered and is healthy! His age is estimated at 7-9. He definitely doesn’t have puppy energy, but likes to take walks. He has been trained to walk nicely on a head halti and walks nicely given his size (80 lbs! We think it’s mostly his giant head!)
As with all dogs, we recommend a meet and greet between all family members, human and canine.
Baloo is both crate trained and house-trained (though a few accidents are normal as any dog settles in). He’s been working on his crate-training, and will need some time in his new home to adjust to the new sounds, when he’s alone.
Baloo has received a 3-week professional training program, courtesy of Foster Dogs Inc. He walks beautifully on a Halti no-pull harness, and is obsessed with cream cheese.
Yogi was pulled from the local city shelter, NYC ACC, a few weeks ago. He was extremely matted with nails too long to walk on, infected ears, and malnourished, with a cough. After a few weeks in foster care, some vetting including a dental to remove his last 2 teeth, and a gorgeous grooming, this little bear-Muppet hybrid is feeling so much better and is ready to find his new home!
Yogi does have a heart murmur, as is common in older dogs, but it shouldn’t affect his life (please don’t ask him to run a marathon, though). He has no teeth left so would probably enjoy soft food! He might have some slight arthritis in his back legs, as is also common, but he loves to walk outside and can go up a few stairs or is totally fine being carried. He might be hard of hearing, but it doesn’t affect him at all other than not being able to hear his name.
Yogi likes other dogs! In fact, sometimes he likes them a little too much and will put his paws up on them if he’s feeling sexy (he might try to hump, but adjusts in time). He can’t help it, he just loves everyone! He would be happy to have a doggie sibling of any size that doesn't mind if he does this a few times as he gets settled in. Because he’s hard of hearing, he might need help hearing if another dog is growling at him, so should be supervised during doggie playtime when meeting new friends. He’s easy with cats, and doesn’t seem to care about them.
Yogi is both crate trained and house-trained (though a few accidents are normal as any dog settles in.). He’s currently in foster care in Brooklyn, NY. He is non-shedding, and will need grooming in the future.
Written by Kristen Auerbach, Director of Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson AZ
At Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, Arizona, we’ve saved around 91% of the 15,000 pets who’ve entered our shelter in 2018. We take in anywhere between 1,200 and 1,600 cat and dogs each month so moving quickly is the key to saving the maximum number of lives. Through hosting Maddie’s Fund apprenticeships this past year and working with shelters around the country to help them get more pets into foster and adoptive homes faster, we’ve learned that many shelters are holding on to pets longer than they need to or are having trouble finding enough fosters or adopters. We’ve written this article to share with you five strategies you can implement now to move more pets quickly through your system into homes. If you’re struggling with capacity issues, length-of-stay, or are sometimes forced to make the decision to euthanize for space, try these ideas and watch your placements soar!
1. Let the public see pets on stray hold. At PACC, every dog is on public view except those with contagious illnesses, critical medical conditions and those housed in the rabies quarantine area. Visitors can see dogs from the moment they come into the shelter and are put in a kennel, which means we often have 300 or more dogs for the public to see. During stray hold, we go one step further and allow people to ‘pre-adopt’ pets while they’re still on their stray hold. They pay a small deposit, fill out the adoption questionnaire, speak to a counselor and are instructed to return to complete the adoption on the date the pet becomes available and is spayed or neutered. This helps about 25% of our dogs to have a home waiting as soon as they can leave the shelter. If the dog is reclaimed during the stray hold, we simply contact the adopter and offer them a refund or ask them to consider adopting another pet.
2. Make all medium and large dogs available for foster or adoption. Even people with great intentions aren’t always ready to make a lifetime commitment to a big, bouncy dog without first seeing how that dog fits into their home. We offer to let people decide if foster or adoption is the right choice for them and many people choose to foster before adopting. We have the exact same process for adopting and fostering our dogs. Visitors meet the pet they’re interested in, fill out a questionnaire, meet with a placement counselor and in most cases, take the dog home that same day. Once a dog is in foster, our foster volunteers check in weekly to find out if the foster is ready to permanently adopt the dog they’re fostering. If it doesn’t work out, we encourage fosters and adopters to help re-home the pet or bring it back to PACC and let us help them find a better fit for their household.
3. Make taking home a dog easy. Beyond letting people choose whether to foster or adopt, we make it easy for dogs to leave the shelter. We don’t have barriers in place like home visits, background checks or landlord checks and we instead use a conversations-based ‘open adoption’ approach to foster and adoption placements. Our dogs go to play groups where we learn about their personalities in a more real-life setting so we’re able to help adopters and fosters find dogs based on energy level, play style and sociability. We also have a short term foster program so people can dogs for a couple of hours or a couple of days. These foster outings teach us more about the dogs than anything else so we’re able to tell visitors more about how dogs act in a home setting which is much more valuable than knowing how they act in the confinement and stress of the shelter setting.
4. Let people foster sick and injured pets. Pima County covers 9,000 square miles and includes both rural and urban areas that struggle with poverty. Because of this, about 25% of the total number of animals that come to PACC are sick or injured and require veterinary care. Instead of treating these animals in the shelter and housing them while they recover, we begin seeking foster placement as soon as possible. Dogs recovering from distemper, upper respiratory illnesses, parvovirus, broken limbs and other ailments are sent to foster homes as soon as possible where they receive around-the-clock TLC from their foster caregiver. The foster caregivers bring their dogs and puppies back, by appointment, for regular check-ups. This has countless benefits for the dogs and the shelter. It reduces length-of-stay in shelter, helps dogs recover more quickly and lets the fosters learn all about the dogs while they heal so they are quickly adopted as soon as they’re ready. When we have sick dogs in our care, foster is our first solution for housing and care.
5. Treat long-stay dogs as urgent. At PACC, we start every day with two pieces of data: our kennel census which shows the total number of cats and dogs on site broken up by species and sex; and our long-stay census which shows us animal-by-animal data on any pet who has been in our shelter for more than 30 days. Working backwards off the long-stay list, we enact marketing and placement plans for the dogs who have been with us the longest. We ask volunteers to share photos and stories about the dogs that we then use on our main social media platforms. We alert rescue partners and the public that we have ‘hidden gems’ who need special lifesavers to step up. Finally, we review the long-stay dog’s backgrounds to try to understand what barriers are keeping them from being adopted. For instance, a dog in our system may have a note from intake that says, ‘reported to have urinated in the home.’ Later, there may be notes about a urinary tract infection that was treated. Because we share all known information with our adopters, we may need to do a better job explaining that the dog had an untreated infection that could have caused this issue so the initial notes do not act as a barrier to adoption. For long-stay dogs, there are often simple solutions that require an individualized approach. It can be hard to take the time to focus on just, one dog, but we find for long stay dogs, the payoff is almost always a speedy live outcome, which makes it worth the extra effort.
Try these five simple tips to move dogs more quickly through your system into foster and adoptive homes. You’ll find as you do them, the positive effects cumulate as you have fewer dogs in your system so you can focus more time and energy on the more challenging-to-place pets.
Meet our adoptable little senior Smokey the Bear!
10 year old Smokey acts so youthful that people are surprised to hear his age when they first meet him. He’s constantly mistaken for a younger guy! For someone who enjoys the overall calmness of an older dog, but looking for one who still enjoys adventures and errands, Smokey is your match. He’s fine with cats and mellow dogs, and wouldn’t mind being your only-man. Looking to add a little more love to your life? Smokey is your dog!
Smokey enjoys his walks and does a great job of letting you know when he needs to go outside. His favorite things to do are marking posts on his walks and finding his way under blankets for snoozing. His dislikes are being left alone and other dogs getting in his face and/or trying to become buddies.
Smokey is good with men and women alike. He likes staying close to you and is a happy guy.
Smokey is looking for a retirement home where he can sleep on your lap all day or cuddle up next to you. The perfect family for Smokey will have someone who is home most of the day to keep him company and can accompany him on his walks.
Smokey does have a heart murmur, but that does not slow him down in the least. He is housetrained. All potential applicants would need to come to NYC to meet him. Reach out to arrange a meet-and-greet with Smokey the Bear!
We told you there would be exciting things happening in 2019. Foster Dogs is officially opening a branch in Nashville, y'all!
Launching soon, we will run some of our top lifesaving programs in a whole new spot: Nashville, Tennessee. In collaboration with Metro Animal Care & Control (MACC) and Best Friends Animal Society, we will implement our Foster Roster in order to save more lives through foster placements of shelter dogs.
Thanks to an incredibly generous $5,000 grant from Maddie's Fund, Foster Dogs is getting a healthy dose of southern charm.
Stay tuned for more information on getting involved, which will soon be shared on our social channels and website.We don't have any plans to leave NYC, and are eager to help a new city while continuing our awesome work in New York. We will be counting on you to help us spread the word among your Nashville friends and family! Hold your horses…
Photos by Adrian Budnick for Foster Dogs, Inc. @puptographybyadrianbudnick
We've had a fabulous year, and we couldn't be more grateful to all our volunteers, corporate sponsors, rescue partners, donors, Foster Champions, foster parents, and fans! Thank you!
In 2018, Foster Dogs began pulling our first dogs as New Hope Partners directly from the city shelter Animal Care Centers. This year alone, we directly rescued and placed into foster care 15 shelter dogs (12 adopted, 3 Fospice), placed hundreds more into foster/adoptive homes for our rescue partners through social media and direct outreach, sent nearly 100 Foster Roster blasts to our list of over 2,700 applicants, had 55 events (16 Adoption Events, 6 Workshops, 9 Puppy Parties, 2 Rescuer Happy Hours, and many more), welcomed dozens of new volunteers, worked with over 30 rescues in the Tri-State area, including our 20 participating organizations. We're not stopping there, and can't wait for new things to come in 2019.
Thank you for making a huge difference this year, especially for these fifteen dogs who found happiness after leaving the shelter.
Three of these special dogs are/were part of “Chloe’s Fospice Friends,” receiving continued support from Foster Dogs through the end: Albie, Lucy, and Sebastian.
Each of these dogs are seniors, and received necessary surgeries (dental extractions, tumor removals, spay and neuter) at our two veterinary partners City Vet in Upper West Side and at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Park Slope Brooklyn.
None of this is possible without our network of support around the country. Animal rescue is a team effort. Thank you for helping us build a foster community!
Thank you for everything. Get excited for big things to come in 2019!
Sarah Brasky and the Foster Dogs Team
Phots above by some of our amazing volunteer photographers, including: Alice Su, @nycpetphotographer, @realhappydogs, @putawoofovermyhead, Leslie Leda
For all those who stopped at our Petcon booth last weekend, we thank you for showing love to our adoptable dogs and cats!
Two full days at Petcon 2018: 44 adoptable animals from 14 local rescue groups, 50 volunteer animal handlers, and 2 of #ChloesFospiceFriends. This was a huge team effort to continue Building a Foster Community. 20 adoptable cats, 24 adoptable dogs. What an incredible weekend!
Thanks to our Petcon rescue partners: Rescue City, Shelter Chic, The Sato Project, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, Hearts & Bones Animal Rescue, Waggytail Rescue, Louie’s Legacy, BARRK Long Island, Friends with Four Paws, Advcocat Rescue, Brooklyn Animal Action, Animal Haven.
Images of adoptable dogs by NYC Pet Photographer, Gayathri Gopalan @isawthatdog, and Brittni Vega @harlowandsage
Thanks to Petcon & The Dog Agency for including us for the second year in a row and helping us show off adoption and fostering in such a positive way. We can’t wait to see these animals find their forever homes, and to get more people to choose rescue!
Interested in any of the dogs listed as AVAILABLE? Contact us!
This family-friendly sweet Puggle is around 46 lbs (still has a few more lbs to lose), 9 years old, dog-friendly, has been great with kids, not a big barker. He thoroughly enjoys chewing on sticks of all kinds, and goes to town on a good Nylabone. Lionel recently had a large lump removed and is available to go to a forever home soon. Just check out the smile on this handsome potato! Photo by @realhappydogs
Our vivacious young-senior Mimi is around 8 years old and very tiny. She’s a Yorkie, possibly a Maltese-Yorkie: Morkie. She’s in foster care with dogs and cats, and is doing well. Not a fan of dogs trying to take her toys, so it’s helpful if her new canine-housemates are disinterested in toys and/or not reactive to a sassy little pup.
Mimi has all her medical care sponsored by Susie’s Senior Dogs while in foster, including a full two-surgery mastectomy and spay (she had years of neglected lumps covering her belly). Her foster mom has helped her heal and to feel great. Mimi is obsessed with people and a total love nugget.
We were smitten with this handsome 10 year old 16 lbs Bichon Frise when we met him at ACC Brooklyn, and now we can help him feel better with a full dental treatment at the vet and happy foster home. Finn is looking for a home with someone who is either home a lot, or can take him to work. He loves being with people! He’s great with other pets (he’s lived with a small and a large dog, and a rabbit). And he’s just a fun-loving nice guy.
Chewy (ADOPTION PENDING!)
Grumpy Cat / Monkey Chewy left Animal Care Centers recently, and got a major grooming session to get rid of all that matted mess. She is around 11 years old, and is gaining necessary weight in foster care. She’s called many names: ChooChoo, Rooster, Roo, Miso.
Chewy makes Chewbacca sounds when she wakes up in the morning. She’s a hilarious creature. She’s easy-going around other animals and doesn’t seem to mind much of anything. She is a Pekingese, and will likely have a full mane again in just a few months time (regular brushing is a must!).
All four dogs were rescued in October from Animal Care Centers of NYC [ACC], and have been thriving in foster care through Foster Dogs Inc. All are dog-friendly, and have each received complete medical care through our veterinary partner Animal Kind, in Brooklyn. Four senior dogs, five surgeries between them. What a month it’s been! They are all available to homes within a 2-hour drive of NYC. Adoption fee: $250, and they are microchipped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and have received medical care.
This is a letter to the foster parents of New York City and any major city around the country, written by our founder Sarah Brasky in response to today’s New York Times article “A Final Proving Ground for Guide Dogs to the Blind: Midtown Manhattan.”
Did you know that many Guide Dogs take their "final exams" in NYC?
The Times writes, “There’s no more intense place than New York City to train the dogs — it’s the craziest environment they’ve ever been in,” said Brian O’Neal, a Seeing Eye trainer. “At the end of the training, the idea is, ‘O.K., they know the basics. Now can they handle the grind of the city?’ ”
Photo: Dave Sanders, The New York Times
As foster parents and dog owners, it’s important to keep in mind: If Manhattan is where some of the most highly-trained, well-socialized dogs' skills are tested, just imagine what it's like for a rescue dog who just arrived from a rural shelter, and/or was abused or neglected, and/or didn't receive proper training, and/or has high levels of anxiety. The list goes on.
There’s still hope for guide dogs who have a tough time settling-down in NYC. Says the Times, “Dogs who do not prefer an urban setting can be paired with owners who tend not to be city-goers. Owners train alongside their dogs while boarding at the school for several weeks. Their stay culminates with the trip to Manhattan. While not exactly a test, Manhattan’s conditions present the dogs with intense conditions that can help reveal training aspects to work on.”
Foster dog Taz & guide-dog-in-training Owen. Credit: Madhumita Chatterjee
We expect a lot of our dogs, whether they are our own - or our foster pets. New York City can be tough on anyone. But compassion, patience, advice-seeking, positive reinforcement, time, socialization - these all can make a huge impact on a dog's ability to comfortably exist in the city, or to at least begin to acclimate. (On that note, city life may not be not comfortable for some dogs, and that's okay too)
Foster Dogs, Inc. is here to help, as are so many resources in NYC and around the country. Dog trainers, neighborhood play groups, city parks, Foster Forum support group, online Resources, and more.
Please keep up your devoted work fostering animals; it's easy to forget how tough this city can be, and this article is a nice reminder that amazing things are happening (including guide dog training!), and that dogs are very special creatures.
We save their lives, and they save ours.
Maya and former foster dog Rose reuniting in Manhattan. Maya saved Rose by fostering her, and Rose repaid her in love and affection. Photo by adopter Abigail Ericson
Thanks to all our friends, volunteers, donors, and supporters, we raised 162% of our fundraising goal for Strut Your Mutt: $48,000 and counting.
What an incredible team effort!55 team members + 34 dogs = 100% amazingness.
Strut Your Mutt fundraising is open until the end of October! There's still 9 days to help us raise more for our programs. Plus, if you missed out on ordering our fab "Foster Dogs Make Me Happy" team swag, you still have 3 days to order.