As part of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we need to make sure we give a special heart-felt thank you to our dedicated foster families.
It takes a special person to step in as a foster parent. Yes, it is hard. There’s no question about that. It is not easy to open your home and heart to an animal you know you won’t be keeping. It is hard to care for them, to work with them, to love them as your own, knowing, in the end, they will not be. That all of the blood sweat and tears, the laughter and heartache, are temporary.
We know how painful it is when the time comes to part and there is no way to explain to them, “I am letting you go not because I don’t love you - but because I do.” Trust us, we know. It takes a strong, deeply caring person to be able to do this, and to continue doing it.
But without those incredible individuals, where would we be? Fostering makes room at the shelter so we are able to save more animals in our community. Fostering takes our most vulnerable animals – the sick, the elderly, the newborns, the confused and afraid, the ones struggling hardest—and it gives them a chance. It gives them a chance to recover their health and their mentality. It teaches them how to be in a home, how to give and accept love, and what it means to be a pet. It sets them up for success, so when their forever family comes along, they are ready to make that transition.
To our incredible and dedicated foster families, Gwendolyn, Nancy & Gary, Sandy, Jamie & Joel, @ingelin, Joel, Rachel, Jo Ann, Wendi, Marco, Shannon, Suzy, Tara, Catherine, @joe, Cheyenne, Sue, Kimberly, Lisa & Tim Gloria & Bill, Jennie, Kelly, Kathleen & so many more who have helped with our animals. We are truly beyond grateful. We thank you for giving our animals a chance and for all of the work and time you pour into them. For all of the love that you give them, each and every one, and for breaking your hearts over and over to give these animals their chance at a happy ending.
Call or visit us to join the foster movement today! <3 #foster #avhs #fosteringsaveslives #southhaven #itsthattime #puppyandkittyseason #weneedYOU