Max has recently joined the ranks as one of our Les Amis long-term fosters. He was dumped at the refuge after spending all his life with his owners. As they had passed away he, like many other dogs in this situation, was left alone. His remaining family did not want him and short of making sure he was fed, his life was spent alone. . . and finally he was taken to the refuge. It happened that a member of Les Amis was there and saw his sheer desperation and confusion at being left in such a peremptory manner. It was pitiful.
And so a call went out immediately to see if a foster home could be found. Because his situation was so sad, a temporary foster home was found very quickly. However he could not stay there indefinitely and when an unexpected bereavement hit, he had to be moved. He demonstrated severe separation anxiety, not to mention his severe skin condition. Little by little all improved until he totally won over his foster Mum and Dad's heart. And so he became a Les Amis long-term foster which simply means we remains responsible for his vet's fees but he belongs entirely as part of his new family.
Timmi's success is quite simple. Dogs know when they are 'at home' - and this was the case for Timmi with his second foster family. He fitted right in there straightaway. He was walking off the lead within a couple of days, demonstrated that he had excellent recall and just generally made himself at home. It is for this reason that his foster family decided they would foster him to end of life. What does this mean? It means that he will stay with them as 'their' dog, and all veterinary costs as they arise will be paid for by people who have generously donated in one way or another to the work of Les Amis des Animaux.
Long-term fostering is one of the best ways to help "oldies" have a comfortable and loving life in whatever time they have left.
Well it looks like I have landed on my feet. My mate, Teddy, had a quick word with my fosterers telling them that he didn't want me to leave and that I didn't either. I just so happy where I am and I have never felt safer. Imagine my surprise when they said 'yes, I could stay, I was just overjoyed! Now I am still gaining in confidence and I hope one day I might be able to welcome some other dog who does need fostering like I did and help them to find a forever home.