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Foster Program Key to Home for Good Dog Rescue’s Success

Home for Good Dog Rescue recently reached their 1,000th adoption milestone. The organization’s continued success, however, is dependent upon its volunteer fosters.

On Sunday, April 29, Home for Good Dog Rescue reached their 1,000th adoption milestone; something its founders could never have imagined 21 months earlier when they started their non-profit organization. For a volunteer-based dog rescue, averaging more than 45 dog adoptions per month, this achievement is nothing short of a miracle. The organization’s continued success, however, is dependent upon its volunteer fosters.

Home for Good specializes in rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters and placing them in suitable “forever homes.” By doing this, Home for Good is saving the dogs' lives and giving them a second chance at life. The link from the shelter to the dog’s “forever home” is the foster home; where the foster parent or foster family unselfishly provides their time and a warm, loving home environment until the dog is adopted. The foster home provides the dog an opportunity to recover from the stress of being in a shelter.

If you love dogs, why not donate your time by fostering a dog? To continue to save lives, Home for Good desperately needs more individuals and families willing to foster.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster to a deserving dog or know someone who is, please contact us. Make new friends by fostering; it’s a great way to meet new people who care about dogs. What could possibly be more gratifying than to save a life?

According to Laura Decotiis, a Home for Good foster, “Fostering is critical in saving lives. At Home for Good, we don't have a shelter. We simply rely on the foster families to welcome the dogs into their homes and prepare them for their forever home. As a foster mom to many of the dogs, my philosophy is to have the mindset that the foster pup or dog is someone else's pet. It is my job to provide a loving environment and to let them go to the right home. Every Friday, I look forward to picking up my foster dog. I have been fostering for Home for Good Dog rescue for more than a year. The experience has made me a better person, dog owner and volunteer. As a foster, I have found that each dog has different needs and I have to be responsive. As a result of this, I have learned how to deal with all types of canine personalities.”

As the Rios Family, of Westfield, have come to realize, fostering a dog is a wonderful, life-affirming project for the entire family. Donna, a Home for Good foster explains, “My family has been fostering dogs since Home for Good began. My daughter, Sophia, is a volunteer and she begged us to let her foster. It's now something that the whole family looks forward to. People always ask me how we can give up the foster dogs to their adopted family and I tell them that by fostering, we get to love the dogs for a few days and then my family is actually happy for the dogs when they find their forever homes. And most importantly, that allows us to foster again and save more dogs. It makes us all feel like we are doing a little something to help reduce the number of dogs that are unnecessarily killed in shelters every day.”

Fostering is fun and rewarding. With fostering, you’ll never be bored. There is always something to do with your foster dog from playing fetch to spending quiet time together. Getting a shelter dog ready for adoption by giving your love, time, and friendship is such a rewarding feeling.

“I never thought that wanting to pet a few dogs would have unleashed my passion for helping dogs,” said Home for Good Trustee and foster Gale Mellusi. “I find such great joy in seeing the progression of the dogs and seeing the joy they bring to families. I have been lucky enough to get periodic pictures from my foster pups. People say, "I don’t know how you give them up." I tell them that if I keep them, then I can’t help save another one. Of course I shed a few tears when they leave, but there's always another [dog] waiting to lick them away!”

While a foster’s hardest role is saying goodbye to their little friends, it’s the memories, as well as the smiles and happiness seen on the faces of the dogs and their new family members in the “Happy Tales” photos, that keeps them going.

For more information on fostering or volunteering, including junior volunteering (16 and older), contact Susan Strell at 908-598-8212.

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Anna Tivade December 15, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I wish I had a good experience, but I can only say that Home For Good Dog Rescue disappointed me to the point that I nearly lost faith in the pet adoption process. I believe people need to know that in an adoption process you should not put your heart into; not only will the rude organizations let you down, but you will be let down because you may set your eyes on a sweet pup and you'll see him or her slip through your hands because the administration is not trained to deal with human emotions. I just received this e-mail today: "All of your emails have been answered. All of these puppies have scheduled meet and greets with other adopters who applied for them SPECIFICALLY. You asked about several dogs. Apparently we are not the rescue for you, you should try another rescue organization."
Robert Barnes December 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I am sorry to hear that your experience was not a happy one. I adopted my dog from Home for Good Dog Rescue in September 2010 and began volunteering for the organization (which is a volunteer based non-profit organization) a year later. Personally, it has been a great experience. The organization has placed over 1,500 dogs from high-kill shelters into loving homes. Today, Home for Good Dog Rescue was able to unite Molly with her new adoptive father, Richard (a childhood friend of mine). I know that both Molly and Richard will have a great life together. I am glad to have played a part in the process.
talktoomuch February 02, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Anna, I know exactly how you feel right now. I've inquired about a few from HFGD dogs (they've accepted my application) and I only received one response saying the dog I was interested is wasn't a good fit. I've even called several times--There are some rude people working at Home For Good Dogs. I am a responsible person, have had pets in the past who were taken great care of. Don't treat me like I am a second class citizen. Who are these people who already applied for these dogs in advance? We are trying to help dogs with putting them in a good home. Why be such pet owner snobs when you don't know us? What a terrible experience.

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