This past weekend my son Gavin and I got involved with the transportation of 2 German Shepherd puppies rescued from a under funded, bursting at the seams, compassionate kill shelter in Hobbs New Mexico. These puppies and a bunch of other dogs were brought up by a group of compassionate people from Colorado. They bring the dogs up and foster them until they can find a forever home for them. This is the group that we got our Corgidor Stubbs from….
Anyway, we picked up the two German shepherds in Lone Tree, Colorado and from what I understand they had quite a day. They left Hobbs, New Mexico at 4:30 am and stopped a bunch of times along the way to drop off their lucky buddies. It was super hot day and they were in a kennel for over 10 hours by the time we picked them up, therefore they were very thirsty, hot and dirty from the trip. Gavin and I took them to our house, and gave them some food, water and filled up the baby pool. We gave them a bath and they played with Stubbs until their foster mom could meet us at about nine that night.
The foster mom, Kari Solberg, was then going to take care of and get to know the German Shepard puppies for a couple days, and then she will do a write up about their personalities and put them on about 3 different websites for adoption. She said that they would probably be adopted pretty quick, being puppies and all.
I reached out to the Lisa Negus, the Volunteer Coordinator (303) 960 7735 for CCR, while writing this blog and she explained how the organization functions.
“States like New Mexico and Kansas have a shortage of resources, personnel and space to care for their unwanted and stray dog population. Unless other rescues and shelters step in to accept the dogs at these overcrowded shelters, these dogs will be euthanized. Rescue groups like like Colorado Canine Rescue (CCR) receive regular emails with photos and brief descriptors of the dogs that need someone to step forward to adopt or foster them in order to prevent their euthanization. Volunteers transport the dogs to a local meeting site, and the different rescue groups show up at the transport drop-off to pick up the dogs their group has spoken for.”
She said, “Those who volunteer to provide foster homes through CCR receive support with the care of the dogs. Through donations and fundraising events, CCR raises funds to provide for vaccinations, spay/neuter, other veterinary care and microchips. The adoption coordinator reviews all applications from potential adopters and contacts references. Once the application is screened, the foster home plays the primary role in determining which forever home is best suited to the dog. While in foster care, the dog adapts to home and family life, allowing the foster family to understand the dog’s needs, which allows for more successful adoptions. There is always a need for more foster homes! It is so rewarding to see the dogs’ personalities blossom as they settle into the structure of the foster home and learn to trust and love their caretakers. Fostering is also a socialization opportunity for those with a dog already in the household, as the current dog shows the ropes of household routines to the foster dog and benefits from the companionship of the foster dog.”
“All work with Colorado Canine Rescue is provided through volunteers. We always need more foster homes, assistance with transports and assistance with fundraising events. For more information please check out our website and submit an application to volunteer: http://coloradocaninerescue.org/get-involved/volunteer/ or provide a foster home: http://coloradocaninerescue.org/get-involved/foster/.”
UPDATE! The German Shepard mix puppies that we transported are now up on the web site at http://coloradocaninerescue.org/adopt-a-dog-2/available-dogs/ They have been named Sasha and Athena, but of course you can name them whatever you want, they don’t know them yet… If you want to adopt one of them here is a link to the application.