Unfortunately, I have been unable to foster much lately because I’ve been more busy than usual with work. However, in the wonderful world of Shelter Dog (and Cat) Rescue, there are always little ways in which you can help. For me, that means helping friends fostering long term when they need to get away. While we can’t commit to foster a dog until it is adopted right now, or even for a one-week spay/neuter recovery, we can surely keep a dog overnight.
All of which is to say, meet our overnight guest, Kaluah Ann Cream! This petite husky/shepherd mix was a staff favorite at the shelter, and sadly, has been there since mid-October 2012, so she needed out before it was too late. In a kill shelter, even dogs who are adorable, healthy and sweet only get a limited amount of time for their perfect person to come along, so I’m so glad my friend, Amy, stepped up to foster Kaluah as the clock was starting to ticking loudly. I learned on Facebook though, the caveat was Amy could not take her last week if she didn’t have someone to take her tonight when Amy had to be away. That was my opportunity to help in the limited way that I can. If you want to foster, but can’t make the long term commitment, please leave a comment below and I’ll let you know of opportunities like the one I just got.
As for Kaluah, I’m shocked she has been stuck at the shelter for so long. She’s playful but submissive, sits on command, is crate trained, and hasn’t made a peep in my backyard kennel for the hour in which she has been there. And my friend, Sharon, who took Kaluah home last weekend for an overnight before Amy took her as a long term foster, says she is great with other dogs and even cats. And she didn’t have one accident in Sharon’s house all weekend. Here is Sharon’s take on Kaluah, in her own words: If Kahlua had a theme song, it would be “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Six months at the shelter have not dulled her enthusiasm for life or her love of people- especially children. Her shiny coat- the colors of kahlua and cream drizzled with caramel, does NOT SHED and is as soft as the petals of new spring flowers. Kahlua loves dog toys, but will improvise if none are available- a stick, blue jay feather or and old banana peel happened upon outside will launch her into laps around the yard, tossing her prize in the air with tongue lolloping and eyes aglitter. Full grown at approx 1.5 years old and 43 pounds, she is the perfect package for your lap, your bed. or your heart.
And here’s a link to Kaluah’s petfinder bio: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/25149415. You can arrange a private meeting or get more info about her from her foster mom by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
In an hour, I’m dropping off Kaluah at an adoption event at Orvis (Perkins Row) in Baton Rouge, where another volunteer friend, Ann, will stay with her for three hours in the hopes of finding her an adopter. I will take my laptop to Barnes & Noble and work and if Kaluah does not get lucky today, I’ll bring her home with me. Tomorrow, I’ll bring her back to Orvis again for a repeat. If you have a friend looking to add a perfect pet to the family, you can do a small thing too: send them to Orvis today from noon to 3. Or tomorrow, same time. Or have them email Amy and her husband.
The best part about my experience volunteering at our shelter is the opportunity to work on an incredible team. I have never worked with so many big-hearted volunteers who are willing to put the pieces together in big and small ways. All of this helps highly adoptable animals like Kaluah to avoid lethal injection.
Never think for a moment that there’s nothing you can do to help. The smallest of gestures can add up to great stuff. Just think, if Kaluah is adopted today, my one little gesture in combination with the big and small gestures of others could mean a whole new life for a pup who really deserves it.
If you want to help too, but have some challenges, leave a comment below and we’ll figure out how. Even if you live in an apartment, are strapped for cash, have too many pets of your own or very young kids, I promise, we’ll find something for you that will make you feel as good as I do now, knowing Kaluah is safe and sound and on her way to a new life. Maybe it will even be today. Paws crossed…
UPDATE: ADOPTED! Hooray for Kaluah!