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Foster-Based Pet Rescues: What to Know & How to Help

Overcrowded shelters, death row and subpar medical care. Here’s why foster-based pet rescues are a better alternative to shelter rescues.

What is a foster-based rescue? You may ask.

The term “foster-based” could encompass a variety of rescue types. Some, like county shelters, can have foster programs, but what is the difference?

In our rescue, Hope of Deliverance, Inc., we took years of volunteering with county shelters and working with multiple rescue organizations and started our foster-based dog rescue to do everything the way we felt it should.

Some of the rescues we worked with prior did not provide supplies, more than basic medical care, and never assisted with any training—which is essential for rehabilitating the often severely abused and traumatized dogs.

While volunteering for other rescues, we overwhelmingly noticed the preference for people adopting from a foster-based rescue rather than directly from the county shelter.

A home versus a shelter causes less stress on the dog, and the adopters can know valuable information about behavior, health concerns, and needs. Dogs taken from the shelter can decompress, receive adequate medical care, start any training needed, and live in a home environment so we can assess the best fit for that dog in a permanent adoptive home.

Our foster-based rescue Hope of Deliverance, provides food, crates, bedding, toys, treats, collars, leashes, and any other tool for that dog. We also cover complete medical care—whether a $500 case or a $5,000 case—and training if needed for the foster or directly for the adopter. And any supplies required for the specific dog also go with them to their forever home.

The story of Mr. Bean highlights the peak of foster-based rescue.

One year ago, Mr. Bean began his life with his mother in Mexico.

Unbeknownst to him, his human was in a domestic violence relationship. The man killed his mother and beat Mr. Bean so badly as a 10lb puppy that ...

To read more of this blog and the story of Mr. Bean check it out on here on Vocal.

About the author

Bree Kishman is the Director of Hope of Deliverance, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dog rescue in Tucson, AZ. Bree graduated from Molloy College in Hempstead, NY, with a degree in Pre-K -- 12 Visual Arts Education, but has focused on dedicating her life to saving as many dogs as she is able by providing exceptional care for those neglected. Bree resides in both New York and Tucson, with her toddler, Emery, husband, Tony, and 5 personal dogs, Lucy, Oliver, Rothko, Stuart and Rocco.

If you’d like to be a part of our rescue journey at Hope of Deliverance you can like/follow our Facebook page!

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