Trish has volunteered for Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (CCRT), a breed specific rescue organization, for four years. In that span of time, she and her husband Steve have devoted themselves to fostering eight chihuahuas. When her friend Kirsten told her she had gotten involved as a foster parent to the rescue dogs, Trish was inspired and proactively went online and completed a volunteer form. The need was immediate and so was their first foster dog assignment ─ she and Steve received a foster dog within two weeks. As foster parents, they have enjoyed the many different experiences they have had, and being part of the team that has safely re-homed a broad range of rescued chihuahua dogs with varying health and behavioural issues. That includes a 13-year-old senior who, despite its age and health problems, was successfully adopted through CCRT. We love happy endings!
With four dogs of their own, fostering rescues is both challenging and exciting as the relationship dynamics between their own furry kids and their foster dogs often change. Eventually, the dogs they foster find their place in the home during their stay. They seem to know who is in charge! But Trish does not have to feel badly about giving them up at the end of their foster stay. She rationally understands that the people who adopt these special fur-babies have made a very pointed effort to find them and will love them unconditionally as a result. The dogs she and Steve foster ultimately end up in homes with people who will take just as good care of them as they have.
Trish and Steve also love the opportunity to meet many wonderful people who are also involved in animal rescue. To share their experiences, and help make a difference in the lives of dogs in need, consider becoming a volunteer with any of the dedicated rescues that operate in Canada and the United States. Whatever your favour breed, be it chihuahua or Great Dane, their is a group devoted to rescuing those that have been abandoned, neglected, abused or simply need a new Furever home.
- Robyn Naster