Happy #NationalBestFriendDay- Adopting And Fostering Can Be Life Changing And Rewarding!


Our beloved pet icon Lucky Diamond passed away on June 5, 2012 – Her Story…

Fostering An Animal Can Be Life Changing And Rewarding!

Lucky and Baby – The only picture of the two together.

The loss of my beloved little Lucky Diamond was heartbreaking for me, and I’m still devastated. Lucky was truly one of a kind, and simply irreplaceable. She was my furry sidekick, roommate, business partner and puppy love of my life. Lucky had separation anxiety and would never let me leave her home, day or night. She came with me to work every day, political events, to the United Nations, on dates and fundraisers. Lucky was the best travel buddy and ventured to meetings with me around the globe.

Lucky inspired me to help animals, and I never imagined she would become a celebrity dog. At Animal Fair Media, we celebrate celebrities and their worthy causes including animal rescue. Hundreds of people sent messages about new Maltese to rescue. Wonderful gesture but I was not looking to replace Lucky.

Lucky was not Lassie, Benji or Rin Tin Tin; nor created to gain fame or fortune.  She was Lucky, a dog who stood on all four paws beside me hoping that in her lifetime there wouldn’t be any more homeless animals. When Lucky and I launched Animal fair Media (fairness to animals) in 1999, there were 12 million dogs euthanized in shelters yearly, that number has dropped to 5 million. My wish was the next dog I rescued will see Lucky’s dream of making the Unites States a No Kill nation come to fruition.

Life can be ironic and magical at times. I was truly blessed when a friend asked me to foster an older dog three weeks prior to Lucky passing away. I never planned on keeping the dog. This little Coton de Tulear, named Baby, a little ruff around the edges,  was truly heaven sent.  Hardly a baby  – she was 7-years-old at the time, but so adorable!

The morning Lucky passed, I found Baby sitting right next to Lucky, by her side. It was as if they had their own spiritual canine code, Baby comforted Lucky as she went to the big doggie park on the other side.

The greatest decision was to adopt Baby after fostering her for three weeks. Welcome Baby Hope Diamond! At first I thought Baby was much younger than her actual age. After realizing Baby was seven-years-old, I looked past her age and recognized the joy and comfort she brings everyday!

Baby Hope is now LUCKY! NO – I am LUCKY now that I Have Baby Hope:!

Fostering and adopting a senior pet can be a rewarding experience and we encourage people looking to rescue a shelter dog to give the seniors  hope! The shelters try to put senior dogs in foster homes after they have spent several weeks or months at the shelter without being adopted. Most people wanting to adopt pick pups or kittens, overlooking their more seasoned counterparts.

Fostering an animal is a responsibility but also a great way to help your local animal shelter, besides giving an animal a chance. The shelters try to put dogs in foster homes after they have spent several weeks or months at the shelter without being adopted.

The following are tips on how to foster an animal. I encourage fostering an animal – it can be a life changing and rewarding experience!

  1.  A foster volunteer helps to correct some of the behavior problems which may be the reason the dog was abandoned or left at the shelter in the first place.
  2. The average foster dog is medium-to-large, adolescent and untrained. These dogs are overlooked at the shelter because they are past the adorable puppy stage, but still have plenty of puppy energy that needs an outlet!
  3. Aside from daily care such as feeding, grooming, and exercise, basic training is often needed like housetraining, walking on leash, sit, down, and behavior modification such as jumping, mouthing, barking, destructive chewing, dashing through doors is also a usual process.
  4. Taking a foster dog to the park might be the walk in the park you expect, socialization and temperament evaluation is absolutely necessary to determine whether the dog is good with different types of people and other animals.
  5. Basic medical care is a must, dispensing medication and taking the dog to vet appointments.
  6. Lots of love, playtime and attention will do your foster dog a world of good, and help prepare them for a permanent adoptive loving home!
  7. Prospective adopters will have the opportunity to meet the dog in your home setting, bettering the chances of an adoption. But all final adoptions take place at the shelter.
I am grateful to be a foster failure….

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