About the Author


Renée Bacher is a writer and a volunteer at a municipal animal shelter Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Columbia University, Renée’s work has been published by The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Parents, Travel & Leisure and many other national publications. Her essays have been featured on-air at WRKF, the NPR affiliate in Baton Rouge, and she has appeared on television talking about her work.

In 2011, her city’s animal shelter began posting its euthanasia list on Facebook, which was when Renée and many others in her community began pulling dogs from the shelter one at a time to foster temporarily in their homes. Renée was delighted and amazed to find that between simple word of mouth, networking foster dogs on Facebook, bringing dogs to offsite adoption events and listing them on petfinder.com, each of her foster dogs was adopted in less than three weeks. One was adopted in only five days! Addicting, to say the least.

This is a real time chronicle of her ongoing adventures in finding homes for homeless  dogs. A native New Yorker, Renée  has lived in Baton Rouge since 1998 with her family.

Stella (sweet and ancient black Lab); Luna (tan Beagle/Terrier/Hellion who runs the show); Crespo (brindle Boxer/ Mastiff/ Sabertooth Tiger and faithful servant to Stella and Luna)

The author’s dogs, Crespo, Stella and Luna (L-R). Sadly, Stella passed away in 2013.


11 thoughts on “About the Author

    • Thanks, Ashley! I am “outing” you here as the “Forever Mama” of my first shelter-dog foster last year. You turned out to be such a stellar adopter you made me want to foster again (and again and again). Stay tuned for a brief recap of Rosie’s story in a blog section I’m planning called “Happy Tails.” And let’s talk by email because I have plans for an even bigger platform for Rosie. And with your permission, I’ll be able to do it really nicely.

  1. ooh, I have a fellow blogger writer friend now! Very nice site! And nice to learn the background on all you do for dogs – they are a new discovery for me, as I have my first one ever. My poodle pup is my best buddy!

  2. Renee, I love your blog and the work you do! I need some help figuring out how to find a new home for a rescue dog I have that doesn’t fit in with my other “doggie kids”.

    • Thanks, Tracy! If you live in Baton Rouge, visit this Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Positive-Alternatives-to-Shelter-Surrender-Greater-Baton-Rouge/202225519839525?sk=info. They can help you network the dog into a good home. If you don’t live in this area, write up a great bio and take some terrific pictures of the dog. Look on petfinder.com for examples of really good bios. Then make a flier and put it up in vet offices in your area and make a post on Craigslist. If the dog is not spayed or neutered, do that first. Charge an adoption fee that will cover the cost of the surgery. Charge the fee even if the dog is already spay/neutered. Dogs advertised on Craigslist for free sometimes end up in very bad situations (read: Bait dogs in dog fighting rings. People don’t want to pay for a bait dog, so charging the fee improves the chances that the adopters intentions are good.) Create an adoption application and have anyone interested fill it out first. If you go to Labs4Rescue.com online and look at their adoption application, it seems to cover all the bases (and then some). I use a modified version of this with anyone who wants to adopt one of my fosters. Meet any interested adopters in a PUBLIC PLACE only and bring a friend with you. If you don’t get a good feeling about them, move on to the next person. You can just say you don’t think the dog is going to be a good fit. You won’t feel good about giving up the dog unless you know it’s going to a good home. But if you are sure it’s going to a good home, you will feel great! I always do. Best of luck to you. And thanks for rescuing :}

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