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The Joy of Fostering Homeless Pets

The Joy of Fostering Homeless Pets

The Joy of Fostering Homeless Pets

Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas is a foster based rescue organization. We depend on foster parents to help us improve the quality of lives for animals in our community. ASVT has been active in rescuing homeless and abandoned pets since 2010.

Sometimes we have to ask, who is really getting rescued, the animals or us? Animals’ love is unconditional and they are so eager to constantly demonstrate how much they adore us. As with any love that we are fortunate enough to receive, we must not take it for granted.

EVERY DOG HAS A STORY…

Zeppy

Hi Everyone! I’m Zeppy! That’s my nickname for Zeppelin! I’m in the process of recovering from my leg amputation. My wonderful foster mom is a veterinarian and is taking great care of me! Before I came to ASVT and my foster home I lived in a storage shed for the one and a half years of my life. We were let our for short periods of time, but during one of those times I was hit by a car. It broke my leg and it hurt so much. Then a nice lady came and rescued me and my sisters and brought us to ASVT. We are so happy now in our wonderful foster homes. Mom says I’m ready to be adopted to my forever family. I’m a good boy! I’m potty trained and love to be loved. Please submit an Adoption Application and come to meet me! I’m pretty cute too! I’m only 15 pounds and going on two years old.

       

Raven

Hiya Peoples! It’s Raven here! I found myself wandering the streets and soon after found myself a girl in trouble. No home in sight! I found a safe place in the woods to birth my puppies and was blessed with 8 healthy babies. It was hard to find food to be able to feed my babies and keep them warm in the cold weather. One day a nice lady was taking a walk around the neighborhood and I gathered up my babies and followed her home. She took us in and got us settled in her yard. ASVT stepped in and took over getting us all vaccinated and dewormed. We are now in their program. Two of my puppies have been adopted but me and my other puppies need fosters so they can be made ready for adoption. Many thanks to the nice lady that took us all in! Please send a Foster Application or Adoption to help us!

       

WHAT IS A PET FOSTER HOME?

Being a pet foster parent, you provide a temporary home for a pet on the way to adoption. The number of pets that ASVT can save depends on the number of fosters who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

WHY DO ANIMALS NEED FOSTER CARE?

Fostering saves two animals lives when shelters are full. The one you foster and the one that can now take the empty kennel left by your foster. Many times homeless pets are found on the streets having been dumped by uncaring humans or simply lost and don’t find their way back home. ASVT can take these pets into our rescue only if we have a foster home for them.

Whatever the reason, these pets need extra love and care before they can be adopted. Providing foster care can be a lifesaving gift for a homeless pet.

ON THE FENCE ABOUT FOSTERING?

I would rather cry watching a a foster pet leave my home to live a full life of happiness and joy in a loving home… than cry because no one stepped up and the animal died alone and frightened and sad in a shelter,

FOSTERING SAVES LIVES, PLEASE TRY IT!

HOW IS IT DONE? Fosters find their forever homes by ASVT networking on numerous pet finder websites, on our website, Facebook page and adoption events. This gives people looking to adopt a rescue pet a wide venue to look for their dream pet.

If you would like to help the homeless pets of our community and become an ASVT foster, just visit our website and submit a foster application www.ASVTexas.org

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE.

It’s not easy to say goodbye. Giving up a pet you have fostered can be emotional. We all shed our tears of joy. Seeing your foster take their final freedom ride with their new family will help you remember that he or she has found a wonderful new home because of you.

Foster parents are the unsung heroes of rescue. They offer compassion, love and temporary shelter for pets on their way to a loving permanent home.

Please consider adopting a rescue pet.

SPRING PET SAFETY TIPS

As spring arrives and the weather gets warmer, we’ll start to head outside more with our dogs and cats. But it can also introduce some potential hazards into your pet’s environment.

• Some plants are an everyday hazard to pets as many of them can cause issues for them. Spring starts to see Sago Palms produce seed pods. These seeds can be fatal if dogs ingest them.

• During this time of year, Lilies can cause serious concerns for our feline friends. Exposure to any parts of the plant can result in kidney injury and gastrointestinal upset. Some cases can be fatal.

• Watch out for bees and wasps. If your pet gets stung by a bee, carefully remove the stinger and apply an ice pack. If the sting is around the head, mouth, or nose keep a close look to make sure there aren’t issues with breathing or swallowing.

• Protect the paws! On hotter days, take the temperature by putting your palm on the ground before you head out for a walk with your pet. If it burns your hand, it will likely burn a paw!

KROGER PLUS CARD

Kroger grocery stores will donate a percentage of your purchases to ASVT. Every time you shop, be sure to use your Kroger Plus Card or Alt-ID at checkout.

Use the link below to sign in or create a Kroger account. When you edit your Kroger Community Rewards information, be sure to enter ASVTs NPO# HJ136. THANK YOU Kroger shoppers!

https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

HOW CAN YOU HELP US HELP THEM?

ADOPT, SPONSOR, VOLUNTEER, FOSTER, DONATE!

• You can visit our website to sign up to volunteer and/or foster and donate using our DONATE button. Donations help us pay for medical expenses, food, supplies and transporting animals to areas with high adoption needs.

• ASVT also sponsors a Spay/Neuter Program for community animals whose owners cannot afford to have their pets altered. This helps decrease the rise of community puppies and kittens that will end up in the shelters.

• The accomplishments of ASVT would not be possible without partners like Wiesner Automotive, Ransom’s Steakhouse, Animal Hospital of Montgomery, Bruce and Toni Sellers, Pet Supplies Plus, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.

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