Wanted: Short-term home with a loving foster family for puppies seeking adoption | New
Menlo Park resident Molly McComas started fostering dogs with her mother Sue when she was 15, after she adopted Pound Puppy Rescue. Now, 12 years and over 100 puppies later, her 7-year-old daughter is learning to respect and care for animals through the same process.
Founded in 2001, Pound Puppy Rescue is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization operating throughout the Bay Area that rescues approximately 300-400 puppies, pregnant and nursing dogs each year. Run entirely by volunteers, the rescue relies on local foster families to provide temporary care for the puppies while they are available to be adopted into their forever homes.
Recently, the number of pets in shelters has increased dramatically, leaving the organization in dire need of more foster volunteers. Volunteer Indrani Stangl said that during the early days of the pandemic, shelters were almost empty due to a sudden and widespread desire to have a dog while he was stuck at home. Stangl has volunteered with the organization for 15 years, serving as president for three years, and currently serves as a contact for shelters to connect rescue animals with foster families.
She noted that over the past year or so, many dogs adopted amid the pandemic have been abandoned or abandoned.
“I probably get a ping 20 times a day about a puppy or a litter or a pregnant female dog, and I have to say no because I don’t have the resources to take them,” Stangl said. .
McComas describes the fostering experience as truly rewarding, citing the feeling of saving a life and being directly involved in the process of placing a puppy into a loving family.
“Everyone always tells me, how do you let the dogs go?” McComas said, “I always tell them the best part is interviewing all these different families and you meet these great people that you know instantly, they’re going to give these dogs the best life.”
Colleen Kaiser, a Belmont resident who fostered Pound Puppy for nine years, expressed similar sentiments about the value of contributing to a puppy’s life by getting to know it.
“They all have such unique personalities, they’re all special in their own way,” Kaiser said.
She has bred nearly 50 dogs and described the feeling of placing a puppy as fantastic.
“It feels so good,” Kaiser said, “and then a lot of times you get these follow-up photos of the pup settling in, I even get Christmas cards from some families, with the puppies on them.”
While McComas and Kaiser note the effort the promotion takes, both mentioned the value of Pound Puppy’s strong support system. On June 23, McComas welcomed an 8-week-old puppy named Socks, who she described as super cuddly and very smart. A few days later, Kaiser took Socks out for a few days to help out due to a planned trip, an example of volunteer support that happens occasionally.
When a foster family takes in a puppy, Pound Puppy covers all expenses and works with its network of volunteers to help foster families when they need it, from dropping off food to coordinating transportation.
“It’s a pretty tight-knit community,” Kaiser said, “we have a Facebook page where we can ask questions or get help.”
In shelters across California, puppies are routinely put down due to the amount of effort it takes to care for them, part of a national trend of rising euthanasia rates. Pound Puppy receives a significant number of puppies from shelters and individual contacts in Central California, including Fresno and Coalinga. By placing puppies in foster homes, Pound Puppy strives to reduce the number of puppies being euthanized and reduce crowding in shelters.
Unlike some programs that offer a “foster-to-adopt” program, which allows families to have temporary care of a pet to determine if it is suitable, Pound Puppy uses foster families only to providing care while looking for a permanent adoptive family. .
Unlike some programs that offer a “foster-to-adopt” program giving families a trial run before eventually adopting the animal, at Pound Puppy the end goal of every foster placement is to find the best possible new home for each animal with someone else. . More information about Pound Puppy, including how to apply to adopt or adopt, is on their website, poundpuppyrescue.org or via email. [email protected] Her Facebook page regularly posts descriptions and photos of puppies available for adoption.