Here is an urgent plea from the Director of Havanese Rescue Incorporated. I thought I'd share as I know that many of you forum members have become new fosters and some are thinking about it.
Dear Friends of Havanese Rescue,
This letter is a plea - a very real and genuine one. We desperately need your help in our foster care program. We continue to receive dogs in unprecedented numbers.
Very soon we will be at a terrible place in the history of our organization - a place that brings more dread than I can express. We will have to turn away needy Havanese, any needy Havanese - whether an owner-turn-in, one rescued from a mill or one reported in a shelter. When there is nowhere to place a dog there is nothing we can do.
This past month has been a busier one than ever and we once again saw our foster families rise to the challenge. But that help came at a cost. We are almost completely out of foster homes. Over this past weekend alone we were asked to take an additional five dogs. While these dogs have been accepted into HRI, we haven't yet placed them in their foster homes. That is going to take work - lots of it - to find enough places for these five. And then there will be next week and beyond.
Foster parents are our heart. Without them we simply CANNOT exist!
Please look into your hearts and homes. See if you can find some room for a little dog. Having done this job many times, I can attest to the happiness that comes from taking in a needy dog, giving comfort, love, better health, and a chance for a better forever life. You can actually see their gratefulness, the new bounce in their step, and the "smiles" on their faces. For your reward you receive bushels of love, countless doggie kisses, and the very pure joy that comes from having helped a helpless soul.
Keeping a hopeful heart,
P.S. To register as a foster home, please visit http://volunteers.havaneserescue.com
or indicate your willingness to foster by checking the appropriate box on the adoption application.