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Wish for: FUNDS FOR FURRY FRIENDS Rescue Dogs

FUNDS FOR FURRY FRIENDS is a Foster Home based Animal Rescue. This organization has saved and found homes for over 1250 animals since 2001.  
 
 
With the recent influx of dogs and puppies in need, FUNDS FOR FURRY FRIENDS Animal Rescue URGENTLY requires Foster Homes. The sad reality is that if we do not find Foster Homes immediately, intakes must be suspended. That means abandoned dogs and puppies will not be saved. They will be euthanized.  
 
When you foster a FFFF Rescue Animal, food and supplies are provided by the rescue. All we need is for people to open their hearts and provide a temporary home until the dog is adopted to their Forever Home. Foster families assist with showing their Foster Dog to people who are interested in adopting, which is coordinated by the rescue.  
 
We welcome Foster Homes in the westman area, not only Brandon!  
 
There are several dogs, each unique in personality, size and temperment. The Foster Home Coordinator is skilled at finding a match between a dog and a family. Please see the following link http://www.fundsfurfriends.com/fostering.htm then contact the rescue directly at 573 8333 or email adoptions@fundsfurfriends.com. The Coordinator can answer any further questions you have and discuss a dog that is ideal for you.  
 
We are a Foster Family, and I highly recommend it. People ask me how, when they are adopted, I can let the foster dogs and puppies go. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can!  
 
p.s. To get a glimpse of FFFF Rescue Dogs available for adoption, watch this video http://www.ebrandon.ca/video.aspx?video_id=4227  
***13 dogs are patiently waiting for a Foster Home***  
 

 
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Comments (19 total)


maddiegirl
7/7/2011 3:32:53 PM
Member since:
Sep 2009
It is soooo rewarding..we love fostering. I encourage anyone to consider a foster..and help spread the word!
slurpeegirl
7/7/2011 6:49:41 PM
Member since:
Feb 2010
i have, and others that i know, offered to foster dogs recently, with plans to adopt them. the lady i had spoken to by phone told me that the animals would only ever be temporary and had to spend a great deal of time in a kennel. i mentioned that i would not like to keep an animal caged up and she then explained that it would eventually damage things, and not to worry because the kennel would be provided to me at no cost. i have a big house with a big fenced yard....i do not need to cage a dog. that discouraged me and my coworker from being interested in fostering. i would like to believe that this is not the norm, but i have yet to learn otherwise.
alogal
7/7/2011 7:41:38 PM
Member since:
Dec 2009
My family has fostered for a few years now. We love it! It's very rewarding. There's almost no better feeling than when you go to the kennel or the pound and you meet your new foster. During your way home together and the first day together they look so happy and grateful for all of the attention. I thought I'd have a hard time dealing with letting the dogs go, but it's actually not that hard at all. You get to know the family that's adopting your friend and you know that dog (or cat!) is going to a loving home. Some times are harder than others, you can get really attached to the animals. You just have to remember that every one that gets adopted makes you availble to save another. And it's always so exciting to start the adventure over again with a new foster!
Rescue Pets
7/8/2011 12:05:42 AM
Member since:
Oct 2010
Slurpeegirl, don't be discouraged. I once thought the same way as you :) I hope you understand that if Foster Homes fostered with the intention of adopting, then it is really a trial adoption and the dog is not really available for inquiries. They deserve to find their Forever Homes. If you are interested in adopting, please take a look at the rescue's dogs available for adoption and speak to the Dog Adoption Coordinator about meeting the one that interest you! About crating a dog...I was once opposed to the idea, but after 19 foster dogs and puppies (not all at once, of course), I now appreciate the importance of it for training, safety and adoptablity. When appropriate, and for limited periods of time. Once they are crate trained, they actually love their quiet spot. Now I wish I would have crate trained my dogs when they were puppies, knowing that eventually it would rarely be necessary. Not all rescue dogs need to be crated, and the Foster Home Coordinator gives excellent advice as to which dogs should be crated, and when. BTW, we don't expect Foster Homes to foster 19 dogs & puppies. We're ecstatic if you'll foster one, because that one life is precious!
Sandra 50
7/8/2011 12:42:12 PM
Member since:
Nov 2010
Slurplee girl,  
Are you sure you were speaking to Funds Fur furry Friends. I foster and I have never heard of this.  
Make sure you know who you are talking to. Easy to get mixed up and I would not like to think FFFF would miss out on great foster people like you and your friend!!!!
slurpeegirl
7/11/2011 8:47:51 PM
Member since:
Feb 2010
i would have adopted for sure! my friend eventually did, but it was dragged out for a very long time
Rescue Pets
7/12/2011 10:49:09 AM
Member since:
Oct 2010
The Animal Rescue is run 100% by volunteers, each working full time jobs in addition to their rescue work. Sometimes there are unforeseen delays, particularly if the volunteers and the potential adopters timing is not coordinating. It doesn't happen often, and the Dog & Cat Adoption Coordinators try very hard to make the process as seamless & efficient as possible. Their goal is to get the animals into loving Forever Homes, and their intentions are always good. Until then, they also work tirelessly to get the dogs, puppies, cats & kittens into Foster Homes!  
 
Thankfully, we were able to save one of the sweet puppies that we were desperately trying to make room for, and we are still desperately looking for Foster Homes!  
 
If you read the Brandon Sun last week, the Brandon Pound has had to euthanize 8 dogs in the last few weeks. That's only the Brandon Pound!  
 
We need Foster Homes & Forever Homes so we can save another precious life or two. Unfortunately, we can't save them all:(  
 
People are playing a dangerous game of russian roulette with their dog's lives. The dogs are losing.
Hmmmm
7/26/2011 10:06:30 AM
Member since:
Apr 2011
I fostered a dog and five of her puppies. The most rewarding thing I've done in years.  
I had never crated a dog, but as it was the middle of winter, being at work for long periods, it was nice to know that she was safe, content and feeling secure.  
I have gone on to be a foster failure- we kept the mum. the puppies were rehomed with their forever families, and we started training the mama for adoption. By the time ( ok it was a few weeks after I started the training) she was sitting, settling, coming to her name, using her manners with everyone, that I couldn't bear to see her go.  
When fostering, it cannot be with view to adoption. It's not fair to the animal, the organizers, or the people who wish to view the dog. We adopted ours knowing that we could not foster again( leaving the province), and financially providing for her along the way( FFFF provides what you ask for, but we were financially happy to provide as well), plus in the early days she was jumping up and very excited with newcomers( not at all territorial or threatening), and it was discouraging that some could not see she was just so eager to be loved and to please.  
If you can foster a dog or cat, please talk to some of us that have. Even my husband is keen to come home and see her ( surely me as well). And if you cannot care for a dog or cat there are plenty of other things you can volunteer for.  
The one you save could be your next best friend...  

opinionatedgrrl
7/26/2011 10:54:07 AM
Member since:
Mar 2010
I would love to foster, and maybe even adopt, but I have found their rules and application process too strict. By their rules, my family doesn't qualify to adopt. If I'm willing to open up my home, and have pets of my own, I don't think that I should be scutinized so much. Yes there are people out there that aren't nice to their animals, but we are, and have always been, and yet we're not good enough for FFFF.
Hmmmm
7/27/2011 8:31:54 AM
Member since:
Apr 2011
I agree that it is a pretty involved process, but well worth going through. Some of the reasons may be simply, you've never had a pet before( or not pet handling experience), and they may not want to give you something out of your comfort zone, containable areas in the house, so that the animal can't hurt itself while you are at work, the amount of time you spend at home...  
FFFF will not foster out a dog to persons they think are I'll equipped to handle a dog/cat... It may only be at the time of application or it may be simply a no thankyou. Remember their decision is entirely based on your application and references.  
FFFF try not to move the animals around, foster to foster. It is unsettling for the animals, some get really withdrawn as then they never quite know where to call home.  
I had my dog in boarding with a friend for two weeks with her rescue dogs, and although my dog loved the playmates, she was quite uneasy every time we left the house, or became our shadow when we were home.  
They have had a lack of permanency and often cuddles and gentle voices. Some are immediate prize possessions, others gulp their food and throw it up again because they still don't understand that they aren't going to starve. Some get excited and jump up and dance because they are no longer freezing.  
If you are still keen to foster, get to know the team. Volunteer for vet runs - that's how I started. Or for fundraising events. Or clean out the garage, have a sale and donate some proceeds or unsold blankets or toys.  
We need like minded people - committed to the welfare of the animals.
shanerek
7/27/2011 9:55:43 AM
Member since:
Apr 2010
I sent a letter offering up a foster home place in my home and recieved NO response!( Nothing! I left all my information. I am completey discouraged!!! If there is such a need, Then why is it so hard?
Sandra 50
7/27/2011 1:01:01 PM
Member since:
Nov 2010
Dear Shanerek, patience rather than discouragement is what is needed. Try the website or leave a message. The phone number is listed on the website. They are trying their best and everyone has fulltime jobs as well as running this organization.  
There is a great need for foster home. Keep trying good luck.
Rescue Pets
7/28/2011 10:21:24 AM
Member since:
Oct 2010
Really, fostering for and adopting from FFFF is not that difficult. I have adopted from FFFF and I foster, so I can attest to this! I'll do it again and again and again...  
 
The volunteer coordinator does need to ensure that the rescue pet, which has been through so much already, is going to be safe. There is a policy that the rescue cannot and will not bend on, and that is the vetting of any other animals in the home. Dogs and cats are being euthanized by the thousands every month in North America. FFFF has saved many rescue animals from certain death. The rescue pet has been vaccinated, de-wormed, de-flead and spayed/neutered. Any applicant who is (or potentially) an irresponsible breeder that does not spay/neuter, vaccinate and vet their pet does not qualify for our foster or adoption program. That makes perfect sense.  
 
Regarding the application process: When adopting from FFFF, a complete and accurate application makes the process go very smoothly. The most common delay I have seen is when the volunteer that is processing the application is challenged with verifying vet information. The delay is frustrating for the applicant, but incomplete vet information makes this step impossible for the volunteer. Yet the volunteers gladly give their best effort and work hard doing everything they can to assist. The other delay is contacting the reference or the applicant. Phone tag is not a fun game for anyone!  
 
BTW, if an applicant qualifies for adoption, but the pet they have applied for is not ideal for their home, we only ask that they consider. Prime example: if you have a baby or toddler, and have applied for a large teenage puppy that is still learning manners. Do you have the experience to know how challenging that will be? With sometimes 70+ dogs and puppies available for adoption, the Dog Adoption Coordinator is happy to assist you in adopting the ideal furry friend that will be a part of your family forever...and not back in rescue with a broken heart.  
 
Often the application process is efficient and we hope it's always effective. The dogs, puppies, cats and kittens deserve to live happily ever after in a Forever Home.  
 
I am thankful there are volunteers that dedicate their lives, and every spare moment and ounce of energy to rescuing animals. They have an amazing team to help, with every volunteer giving a little that adds up to a lot!  
 
Sadly, we can't rescue them all, and that is the biggest frustration for the rescuers. Those are only words to anyone who has never looked into the eyes of a dog or cat that cannot be saved. But every life is precious, and we have to focus on the ones we CAN save. To date FFFF has rescued and found homes for over 1250 animals in the last 10 years. It's the rescue's 10 year anniversary this September!
grem81
7/28/2011 3:26:21 PM
Member since:
Jan 2010
I tried to adopt as well. Sadly myself and a volunteer did not see eye to eye as I felt my house, work schedule and experience was more then enough to adopt. I ended up adopting from a kill rescue shelter in Minnisota as I met there standards. I really hope they can find foster houses and people to adopt these animals or review their process.
Hmmmm
7/28/2011 10:28:19 PM
Member since:
Apr 2011
I have some stuff to donate. Just some dry food and toys and old collars. Is it still possible to drop off at Escape day spa on 10 TH? I won't be around much afterwards to give it to the coordinators themselves.
Rescue Pets
7/29/2011 1:23:21 PM
Member since:
Oct 2010
Hmmm, yes thank you! Your donation is greatly appreciated! A wonderful couple dropped off some food, treats and a training pad this morning. Thank you! By donating food, supplies, money and by volunteering, fostering, and helping spread the good word helps us to save another precious life.  
 
And I've been given an update. FFFF Animal Rescue has saved and adopted 1271 dogs and cats in the last 10 years!  
 
Just this morning 4 more lives were saved! Oh what a feeling :)
shanerek
7/31/2011 8:55:11 PM
Member since:
Apr 2010
Still no reply. Get back to me and that number could be 5!
That's Enough
8/1/2011 8:52:27 PM
Member since:
Oct 2010
I would love to help but am hesitant as we live on a farm and cannot promise an "inside" home. What do you consider an "inside home only". I was looking at "Fetch" in particular, as we are partial to border collies but I feel they are more of an outside dog because of their energy level. We even adopted one from a Winnipeg shelter who eventually "loosened" their requirements, as the dog had been returned 3 times due to it's energy. It lived the rest of it's life with us and couldn't have been happier to have a place to roam, chase cattle, and be free. Now this isn't saying that we wouldn't watch the animal, as we do live near a highway, and in the winter we allow the dogs into the porch area. I'm just hesitant from the other comments on here. If you could clarify for me, perhaps you'll have another foster home!
Rescue Pets
8/1/2011 11:26:02 PM
Member since:
Oct 2010
Thank you both very much for the offer! I am the person making the wish, a Foster Mom to canines and felines and a volunteer for FFFF. I can tell you I love what I do, and highly recommend it.  
 
For information about the Foster Program please see http://www.fundsfurfriends.com/fostering.htm . All inquiries about fostering can be made directly to the rescue by emailing adoptions@fundsfurfriends.com or calling 573 8333. The Foster Home Coordinator will be the one to answer any questions you have. Thanks again!!!  
 
BTW, Fetch is an awesome dog with character! He is a real charmer :)

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