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Lone Star Labrador Retriever Rescue (Lone Star Lab Rescue) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to preventing the needless destruction of purebred Labrador Retrievers in the DFW/Dallas/Fort Worth/North Texas area.

Thoughts From a Foster Dad

I’ve been involved with animal rescue for over 20 years; always as a “foster dad”. I’ve fostered cats, mixed breed dogs, and for the past 15 or so years, Labrador Retrievers. When I talk to people about rescue, whether we’re at our weekly Meet-n-Greet, an event like The North TEXAS Irish Festival, or talking to friends and co-workers, the most common question I hear is “How can you foster? Don’t you get attached?” Maybe I just think differently, but my response has to be “How could I not?”

The alternative to fostering is to see a dog in a shelter (“dog pound” to someone my age) and say to that dog “No, today is your last day on earth because I might get ‘too attached’ to foster you.” The dogs that get to be fostered have won the lottery!! These are the dogs that will go on to families that love them. These dogs will live long, pampered, healthy lives.

As for “getting attached”, sure I do. I have a special place in my heart for all of my foster dogs. That’s why I’m so careful about where they go. As a foster parent, I get to meet the family that will adopt my dog. In most cases, I will do the “home visit” where we take the dog to meet the family at their home. I’ll see where my dog will sleep and the backyard or park where he’ll play ball. I get to help families that have never had a dog learn about training and feeding and being a good dog “parent”. I get to help families whose dogs have passed find another dog to fill the void in their lives. Sending a dog off to their “Furever Home” is the most wonderful feeling. It means that that dog is safe, and that my home is available for the next shelter lottery winner.

The biggest thing keeping Lone Star Lab Rescue from saving more dogs is the lack of foster homes. There’s no shortage of Labs in shelters or of families that want a Lab. There is a shortage of people that open up their homes and hearts to dogs that have been lost, abandoned, and scared so that those dogs will have the chance to have the family that they deserve. If you can foster a Labrador please fill out a foster application at www.LoneStarLabrescue.org/foster.php.

 
CanonCannon

Lone Start Lab Rescue needs foster homes!

Each rescue group needs foster homes and Lone Start Lab Rescue is no exception. The more foster homes we have, the more Labradors we can save. There are so many dogs in shelters that we can help, if we have foster homes to put them in.

Characteristics of a Lone Star Lab Rescue foster home are:

It doesn't take much to be a foster home, just a willingness to open your heart and your home. Labs give us so much, this is one small thing we can do for them. Fill out the Foster Home Application or come chat with us at one of our Meet-n-Greets on Saturdays.

BosleyBosley

From http://LuckyDogRescueBlog.BlogSpot.com/2011/06/truth-about-fostering.html
"Fostering a pet is no different. Well... it's slightly different in one aspect... when people don't step up to foster... animals die. That's the cold, hard reality.. a reality that YOU have the power to change.

Otherwise, the foster experience is very much like parenting a child, and eery bit as rewarding... it not more so. fostering is about taking a deserving creature into your home during their time of need, nursing then back to health, removing the pain of their past... loving, teaching and guiding them... and then sending then off to live the lives they deserve. Fostering is about diving a dog ghe one thing they've never had... hope. And with the simple act of opening up your home to them, YOU are able to grant their one wish. YOU are able to make their dreams come true. YOU are able to save their life.

How many times have you actually been able to save a life? I don't mean watching on the sidelines as a life is saved... I mean litreally pulling a dog from death and bringing them back to life. It's an incredible experience... there's nothing like it. But far too many people let the inevitable pain at the end of the experience blind them from the joy of the journey.

For a short time, I am everything to these dogs. I am their world. I represent comfort, love and hope... when they've only known pain, hatred and despair. In providing these gifts, I receive so much more in return... more than I could ever describe in words. During that time, I make them whole, and in turn, they make me whole. They remove any sadness, anger or hopelessness I may feel, and replace all of the bad in the world wiht the purest good that exists. In truth, they repair my soul."

Consider becoming a foster home for Lone Star Lab Rescue!!!

 

Your donations are what help us save Labradors, one dog at a time. Every dollar of your donation to Lone Star goes to help the Labs that desperately need help. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to save Labradors in Texas.

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