Three years ago, Joel and I were the happy owners of four Springer Spaniels when we got a phone call that changed our life.
A stray Springer had been turned into the local shelter, but the shelter was full. A volunteer for a Springer rescue group (springerrescue.org) asked if we would foster him for until he could be adopted. Cooper was a cuddly, smart, energetic, ball-chasing dog whose new family still sends us updates and gratitude. Since then, we have helped rescue and foster 19 more Springers and I have volunteered to transport dozens of dogs from other states to Minnesota rescue groups.
Some dogs and cats enter shelters and foster homes very sick, and many of the veterinarians and technicians featured in this issue have been crucial in giving rescue animals a chance at a long life. They examine, vaccinate, medicate and spay or neuter our animals to assure they’re healthy and ready for their forever homes.
Because I found out that five out of 10 dogs in shelters and seven out of 10 cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them, I show my own dogs every day how much I love them. And when the foster call comes in, we don’t think twice.