Fox Valley Animal Rescue Needs Foster Homes
NEW LONDON (NBC 26) – Since 2019, a Fox Valley nonprofit has been working to save dogs across the country. Now they are asking for help on their mission to find loving homes for dogs in need.
Relying solely on foster homes and volunteers, Our Pack Animal Rescue rescues dogs from different states and puts them up for adoption. Now animal rescue needs more foster homes to handle rescues until they find their forever home.
“We wanted to be a little different and try to help the underdogs, the intimidating races,” said Autumn Murphy, who helped found the animal rescue. “My goal was to help almost every state. So if someone reaches out and we have the space, we’ll make it work.
The rescue currently has 32 rescue dogs in foster homes. All dogs are up to date with vaccines, sterilized and sterilized, dewormed, treated against fleas and ticks and microchips, all thanks to partnerships with veterinarians and local shelters.
Foster dog owners say dogs often show signs of trauma in their past when they are first greeted. But after spending time in a loving home, dogs’ personalities slowly begin to blossom.
“Sometimes it only takes a day and they’re more out of their shell,” Murphy said.
“Once they feel comfortable in your home, it’s great to see their little personalities come out,” said Jamie Schwerdtfeger, board member.
Schwerdtfeger started welcoming dogs in March 2020 and says the experience has taught his children responsibility. A year ago, his son started JJ’s Pawesome Treats and started selling homemade dog treats to benefit the rescue. To date, he has raised approximately $ 4,000.
Foster dog owners say it’s gratifying to hear the success stories from their foster parents who have had a second chance.
“A foster family I had in the past named Panda, who was a mix of black and white bullies, she just received her first AKC award,” Schwerdtfeger said. “So this is really exciting and just another confirmation that we are doing some really good things.”
Rescue currently needs more foster homes to be the springboard dogs need to get a fresh start.
“These dogs are going to foster care because they need a little bit of rehab,” said volunteer Cheryl Vandehey. “They have to experience love and know what it is like to be in a family home and prepare them to be able to go home forever.
“If you are an animal lover and have space in your house to bring a dog, all it takes is a lot of love and a lot of patience,” said Schwerdtfeger.
To find out how to become a foster dog owner, adopt a dog, or donate to Our Pack Animal Rescue, you can visit ourpackanimalrescue.com or the Our Pack Animal Rescue Facebook page.