The Dog Lovers Ministry of the The Rock Church had its biannual Adoption Event on June 16. The article regarding this event can be accessed here.
Canelo, the Chihuahua featured in this article, is just one of many dogs that was brought to the Adoption Event. Like Canelo, all of the dogs at the event had one thing in common: a very sweet disposition.
At the conclusion of the event, Second Chance Dog Rescue, a rescue partner with the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, took a couple of the dogs, including Canelo, and placed them with foster families. However, there are many dogs still in need of a foster home, according to Sandra, the founder of Second Chance Dog Rescue in San Diego.
Fostering homeless animals seems somehow irrational. After all, foster “parents” are all too aware that the day will come when they must part with the pets with whom they have fallen deeply in love. So, why would anyone want to become a foster?
The fact of the matter is that fostering truly is a labor of love, and foster parents have a keen appreciation of the big picture – that fostering saves lives and sets pets up for success when they will one day transition from their foster home environment to their permanent home. Indeed, pet fosters are of a different ilk.
Nevertheless, there are rewards to fostering, as well. April Mitchem put it this way in her article, The rewards of fostering a homeless dog:
[K]nowing that you have saved that dog’s life, literally, and placed him into a good home so that you have space to save one more from death, that is why we do it. It is rewarding to see that dog and his new human a year or two later, as many rescues have reunion days, and see him happy and loved. It is rewarding to see a person who needed a dog in their life have so much joy from that poor boy you took in, the half-starved one who was scared to death of sudden movements and loud voices until you showed him love and kindness.
Mitchem makes another good point. “Rescues can only save as many dogs as they have foster homes.” So it is with Second Chance Dog Rescue.
If you live in the San Diego area and believe you have what it takes to be a foster to a homeless pet, Second Chance Dog Rescue would like to hear from you. You can either submit a foster application to Second Chance Dog Rescue by clicking here, or email Jami Oakley, the leader of the Dog Lovers Ministry, at RockChurchDogLoversMinistry@gmail.com.
Anyone interested in adopting Canelo should submit an Adoption Questionnaire to Second Chance Rescue. The following is his background information:
- Age: 2 years, 1 month
- Gender: Male
- Breed: Chihuahua, short hair
- Color: Tan
- Canelo was picked up as a stray in a field. He is described as “spunky, feisty, and playful. Can get very mouthy if rough play is encouraged. Loves toys, tolerant of most handling.” He will do best in a home with children 14 years old or older. Look through the slideshow as it depicts how trusting and relaxed he is when held in someone’s arms.
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