Are you an animal lover? Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent to a pet? It’s something that never crossed my mind until recently.
According to the ASPCA, 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and 3.9-million of those are dogs. 1.2 million of those dogs will be euthanized. There are shelters that will take in strays. The problem is, even in “no kill” shelters it’s not the ideal environment.
That’s where Dogaholicks Rescue comes in. It’s the brainchild of Carmen Moorer, Sheri Minkema-Lopez and Rene Douglas.
Three friends, all animal lovers, all involved in dog rescues at some point in their lives. Rene is actually an animal control officer. They’ve seen far too many abandoned and abused pets and decided to do something about it. These ladies came up with the idea of a foster parenting program for dogs while sitting in the kitchen one night discussing the growing problem of homeless pets.
Dogaholicks opened it’s doors in January. They are based in Indiana but will take foster homes from the Chicagoland area and even bordering Wisconsin communities. Dogaholicks has already helped more than 50 dogs find homes.
“It’s a small chunk but it’s still a lot. Now currently, we have 8 dogs in foster homes so the more fosters we can get the more animals we can save,” said co founder Carmen Moorer.
The program works like this: prospective foster parents apply, a Dogaholicks team comes over to do a home check and then tries to find the right fit for the foster family. The organization pays for all expenses. The dog is spayed, neutered, medical bills taken care of and they’ll even provide crates and toys. “We just ask you to provide the home and the love for the pup,” said Carmen. If you already own a pet, they’ll make sure the foster and family pet get along before they make the move. Carmen says the average stay for a foster pet in your home is about two months unless the dog has a medical condition that needs to be addressed.
That’s what happened with Trooper.
He’s an American bulldog/pit bull mix. He was found homeless and emaciated weighing only 61 pounds. According to the vet, Trooper should have weighed at least 110. Carmen says someone left him on the streets and that Trooper was emotionally torn down and ready to give up. She says the first time she saw Trooper there was no life or excitement in his eyes. Almost three weeks later, he’s gained 8-pounds and is happy to see Sheri and her crew when they arrive. He’s currently still recovering.
Dogaholicks has plenty of other animals who are healthy and who’s owners had to let them go for various reasons. They only take in dogs but have been known to help out people trying to find homes for everything from cats to bunny rabbits. Carmen says the main goal is to find what they call a “furever” home for a dog who just wants a good family and some love. But what they need more than anything right now are foster parents and donations to keep their rescue program going.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent to a dog or want to just help the effort you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their Facebook Page, Dogaholicks Rescue.