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.
Mira has found her happy forever home with Peter and Ine, she has settled in very well and loves every moment of ther new life
Sometimes it takes the prospect of finding a forever home for the fosterer to realise that they do not want their protégé to go anywhere. Such was the case for Taxi. His Mum had found him, coaxed him, fed him, protected him, promoted him . . . and finally decided that he was staying, and so adopted him. And so she wears her "Failed Fosterer" badge with pride and Taxi has the only home he has ever known . . and life is good!
I am one of the lucky ones! The dreadful leishmaniosis had got me and I was taking a time to recover. My fosterer took great care of me and then decided she couldn't let me go! The better I got, the more lively and full of joy I became. I just love living among so many other lucky dogs, cats, birds, and far too many other animals to mention. My life is wonderful.
Sometimes things happen for a reason. Jaeger's original fosterer injured her knee and was laid up. He was getting bored . . . and consequently naughty so it was thought best to find a new home for him.
Just onto our books had come a new fostering family who knew setters - a gift from the universe! And so he went to stay with them - and it was a match made in heaven. He even looked like their other two setters! It was not long before fostering became adoption and there is no-one more delighted than us for this boy.
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.
And find the right family I did! I am a very lucky girl as I live in the countryside which is what I love. I can hunt lizards and other things that move quickly. I thought I might not like being an only dog because I had never just been on my own before but I actually like it. Lots more treats for me!
It's been ever so hot recently . . . and my Mum got me my very own paddling pool. I just love it!