Friday, August 21, 2009

Foster Mommas, Angels in the Shadows

OWEN and his foster Momma Susan. Owen was found in the streets and was left unclaimed. He is now a TBFR foster looking for a forever home.

Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue [TBFR], has parents of rescues who volunteer to foster other Bichons. TBFR pays all medical expenses and extraordinary expense of all fosters.
What is a Foster Parent? A foster parent provides a temporary home for Bichons in need. Fostering can last from a few days to several months depending on factors such as the amount of care or socialization or behavioral modification that is needed. It is the love, care and devotion provided during this time that affords a dog a second chance to be adopted by a loving home. What are the rewards of fostering? The intangible knowledge that you made a difference, the tangible change in that dog's life; the love, attention and devotion of that fostered dog. KARMA points for the foster mommas. Yes Karma.
Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue operates out of White Cottage. Shout out to my buds at White Cottage - Wooohooo!!!! But, space is limited. 17 dogs with special needs is a lot of dogs to care for. Providing adequate housing and an easy transition is crucial to rehoming. Foster homes are ideal. Many times, a dog will need special care and individualized attention, like a very young puppy or a very old dog or a dog with health or behavioral needs. Often, without the temporary foster families, many of the animals would be have to be turned away., their fate unknown... FOSTERING saves lives!!

When we have our annual Bash I love to sniff out all the foster mommas. They are the ones most willing to give you a two handed belly rub, none of those anemic one handed absent minded pseudo rubs!

Truly those wonderful mommas are angels in the shadows. Their act of compassion and kindness is extended even when life is inconvenient. And, [I am chuckling now] I love it when a fostering momma fails fostering and adopts her foster. I am chuckling because that means that her Bichon truly understood how lucky he was and he "worked it"... Hiiiii Ferguson.... And to all to those mommas THANK YOU!!!!! You are Angels in the Shadows, but we see you and we love you and we appreciate you.

Fostering is another way Tidewater Bichon Frise accomplishes its mission. Nina who was recently adopted, was a foster!

And ya'll, how cute is Owen????!
vying for that cool mill to keep the rescue mission going!!!

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