Animal Rescue, A Way of Life for Three Men

The decision to adopt from and volunteer with animal rescues led to positive life-changing experiences for Jim Draper, Matt McGraw, and Marc Rexroad. Jim has always loved dogs. Six years ago, when he felt ready to add a dog to his home, he took his time to ensure he picked the right dog. He wasn’t sure that he wanted a puppy, and so he spent the next two years contacting animal rescues with the idea of adopting an adult dog. “I was definitely surprised to see the number of dogs in these rescues and reading the stories behind why they … Continue reading Animal Rescue, A Way of Life for Three Men

A Glimpse into a Groomer’s Life

Many animal lovers would love to have a career working with animals, but often have to settle for volunteering with them instead. Tina Lassley has the privilege of doing both. She’s a groomer with Driftwood Boarding and Wellness and a foster for Dolly’s Legacy Animal Rescue. ALLISON: Why did you become a groomer? TINA: Grooming had never been on my radar. After many life changes, I was kind of thrown in to bathing at Petco. Even then, I never planned on that really going anywhere but it fit. ALLISON: What qualifies you to offer this service? TINA: I took Petco’s … Continue reading A Glimpse into a Groomer’s Life

My "Fishing Trip" with Nebraska's Pet Shelters and Rescues

This past spring, two things in my life led me to email shelters and rescues across the state. First, I’d been training my youngest cat in agility but failing to generate interest with pet organizations. Because I knew that some shelters were doing agility with dogs, I considered approaching shelters about the idea of cat agility. Then, around the same time, I attended an Animal Welfare Summit led by Best Friends Animal Society, where the focus was on animal welfare groups networking with one another. At the end of the day, I found myself wanting to know about the condition … Continue reading My "Fishing Trip" with Nebraska's Pet Shelters and Rescues

Fostering Dogs to Save Lives

No matter what their age or which organization they support, volunteers in the animal welfare world are connected by their desire to make a difference for animals. So far this week, I’ve told you about a four-year-old boy who asked for money to be donated to Lincoln Animal Ambassador’s Pet Food Bank, a nine-year-old boy who helps out at Big Dogs Huge Hearts events, and a college student who volunteered at the Capital Humane Society as part of her veterinarian studies. Today I’d like to introduce you to Tina, who regularly fosters for Dolly’s Legacy Animal Rescue. It’s hard to … Continue reading Fostering Dogs to Save Lives

To Ireland, Who Stole Our Hearts

Earlier this month, a cry for help was posted on the Facebook page of the Lincoln Pet Exchange. A woman from outside of Lancaster County shared a video of a neighbor’s pregnant cat that had been hit by a car. The cat had been hurt severely and was now in a lot of pain. The neighbor didn’t have any viable transportation, nor could she afford medical bills. The plea to the public was for help from anyone who could transport the ailing cat to an emergency clinic and/or pay for the bills. Continue reading To Ireland, Who Stole Our Hearts

Tributes to Foster Pets

During our first year of fostering Gizmo, we discovered that no one was interested in adopting a senior silky terrier with Cushing’s Disease. This left only two options: Gizmo could bounce around from foster home to foster home for the rest of his life, or he could live out his remaining days in a kennel. Not liking either of these, we decided that our first foster would be a failure—that is, we made Gizmo a permanent part of our family by adopting him ourselves. In this final article, I’ll talk about the types of companion animals you might foster, whether to foster or adopt, and share more insights from local pet fosters. Continue reading Tributes to Foster Pets

How to be a Pet Foster Parent

Our foster dog was happy-go-lucky, full of energy, acting more like a puppy then a senior. He loved to destroy his toys. He loved walks and unhealthy foods. He loved our poodle. When there was nothing to do, Gizmo would sit and wobble like an excited R2-D2. Even after an injury left his back legs paralyzed for a few weeks, not once did Gizmo lose his zest for life. My husband and I admired his positive outlook on life and felt mixed emotions in the spring of 2013 when Gizmo found what we hoped would become his forever home. In this third of a four-part article, I’ll explain how to be a foster parent for a pet, what happens after you foster, and share more insights from local pet foster parents. Continue reading How to be a Pet Foster Parent

Challenges of Pet Foster Parenting

If you talk with those who have pet fostered, you’ll find that while fostering can involve challenges, discovering solutions can be a fun part of the pet fostering experience. In this second of a four-part article, I’ll talk about responsibilities involved with fostering, offer tips on how to handle whatever challenges might come your way, as well as share more insights from local pet fosters. Continue reading Challenges of Pet Foster Parenting

Joys of Pet Foster Parenting

In the winter of 2012, the lives of my husband and I changed when we become pet foster parents. Both while growing up and during my adult years, I had adopted pets privately or through shelters. Thus, I felt confident about what lay ahead when we filled out our application. Turns out, I was somewhat naïve. Fostering a hearing- and vision-impaired senior silky terrier with Cushings Disease was a rollercoaster ride. In part due to our experience with Gizmo, I became interested in researching the entire pet parent foster experience, with all of its joys and challenges. In this first article of a four-part series, I’ll talk about what fostering is, benefits of fostering, and share insights from local pet fosters. Continue reading Joys of Pet Foster Parenting