Intake – A Tough Job

April 24, 2009 on 9:20 pm | In It's All About the Dogs | No Comments

My name is Sherry and I am the Intake Coordinator for LSSTLAR. My job is to find placement for the little dogs that need to be rehomed through our rescue. Lately, it has been an especially tough job with the economy in the dumps. Before we can admit a dog into our rescue, we have to have the funds to pay for his basic vetting and a foster home for him to go to.

The current economic woes are effecting rescues in many ways. Donations are way down. Lack of funds causes a back log of dogs in foster homes. When we don’t have a steady flow of donations, it takes longer to get our dogs ready for adoption. It also means we might have to pass on some medically needy little fluffs. There are also more people unable to keep their dogs due to losing their jobs, moving, working more hours, or just can’t afford them anymore.

We also have a decline in volunteers able to provide foster homes. We always need new volunteers to foster due to our volunteers moving, adopting their fosters, or life changing events that no longer allow them to foster. Without enough foster homes, we have to turn down requests to take in dogs in need. Right now, there is a little 8 year old at one of our area shelters and we don’t have a foster home for him. He will probably be euthanized in the next few days. I am so sad for this poor little boy.

If you can help by fostering even one little dog at a time, please go to our website at www.shihtzu-rescue.com and complete an application to volunteer. If you have adopted from us previously, complete the form for previous adopters. You may even qualify to help us immediately. Maybe you can even save this little 8 year old boy.

8 Year Old Shih Tzu at Shelter

8 Year Old Shih Tzu at Shelter

As Teresa says, it is all about the dogs!

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