Michelle & Steve, Bedford, Ohio
We have been fostering for Secondhand Mutts for just about a year and a half now. It all started when a sweet hound mix floated across my Facebook page with a message that said; “I need a foster home so I can heal from my heartworm treatment.” And so it began.
Since that first dog, Rollo, we have fostered for 17 other dogs.
There have been so many different types of dogs that we have taken into our home to foster: young, old, small, large and with every dog and every new personality came a new set of unknowns:
Are they housetrained?
Are they crate trained?
How will they act when I go to work?
Will they get along with our dogs?
The one thing that remained constant through it all is the program directors and volunteers at Secondhand Mutts. Someone is always there to be sure things were running smoothly. We have access to everything from a dog-trainer to a vet-tech to daycare and boarding.
The times we have run into a medical concern our questions have been answered quickly, our concerns treated seriously and any issue needing attention was appropriately addressed. Secondhand Mutts has even been able to find volunteers to transport our foster dogs to and from their veterinary appointments and they always have volunteers in place to chaperone them to adoption events.
One of the more memorable fostering experiences we had was with Maia. Maia is a 100lb, 7 year old Doberman whose transition into needing a home and into foster was anything but smooth. Maia was admitted into the Secondhand Mutts program scared, shy and timid but she also had a urinary tract infection, a large mammary tumor and still needed to be spayed. It took more than a few days to settle into our home but soon enough all Maia wanted to do was to sit on our laps! Maia was spayed and her mammary tumor removed. Maia’s recovery was rough due to her age and because she was slightly overweight. At one point it became evident she needed some emergency medical attention; Secondhand Mutts did not hesitate to authorize me to take her in for care. Fostering Maia was honestly the most difficult experience we had with a foster. A part of me really wondered how Secondhand Mutts would ever find her a home but: they pulled through! They found someone to adopt Maia, someone willing to give her the special care that a 7 year old Dobie with cancer would need. When that old girl curled up in the arms of her new family, it made every moment of worry I had felt totally worth it!