These are some of the hardest, but most rewarding days in rescue.
Meet Chaps, a dog who has been deprived of everything. Every single noise and movement is traumatizing. He came to us covered in his own feces and urine due to the stress of the unknown. His fur, matted. Stained with a smell that will only be removed when he is fully shaven down. He will likely need surgery on his eye, and his teeth, desperately needing a full dental. He is too timid to take to the groomer - his body fell limp from simply bathing him.
The first 24 hours, he had to be carried in and out of the home. Touching him, caused his body to shake uncontrollably.
But today..... he lays peacefully inside the house, he can be touched. He finally walked into the home by himself and ate a special treat (not yet from our hands). Yes, he still jumps to a new noise or sudden movement, but we have come so far, and it feels SO good!
Fostering is HARD! It’s agreeing to take on the unknown. However, fostering is life-changing. It’s teaching our children, our neighbors, our friends to open their home and their heart to a dog who is unwanted, unloved and desperately deserving of a second chance.
Try it... your heart will thank you.
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