At 23 I desperately wanted a dog but I opted to adopt two very cute and sweet cats. My mom talked me out of a dog because she thought I was too young to have the responsibility. I’m glad I listened to my mom. Sometimes parents do know best.. but only sometimes 😜.
I remember when I went to adopt my cats, the rescue didn’t want me to have them for several reasons, one being I was young and cats often get abandoned on streets when people move and the other because I was a renter. Well my mom went along with my desire to adopt the cats and adopted them under her name for me. I’ve never even had the thought of abandoning my cats. I’ve moved several times since and those girls have gone with me everywhere.
Three years ago I wanted a dog! I felt I was ready and I had my moms blessing, finally! So I did my research and I applied through rescue groups for several different dogs, all to be denied! I was shocked I was denied, but it happened. So I did more research and I went straight to the source.. the kill shelter. I looked online and looked. I eventually found “the one”, my boy Mason! He was at a kill shelter in Alabama. I contacted a rescue group in NYC that would often times pull dogs from that particular kill shelter and I asked if they would drive Mason to NYC, on their next trip. They agreed!
It was Good Friday and I asked my mom to go pick him up for me. As my mom and sister drove to NYC during rush hour to pick up my sweet boy Mason, I was beyond excited to be a fur mom. Not only was Mason rescued by me but he was also rescued by his now fur grandma and fur auntie.
They brought him home and a day later I met my mom and picked him up! He was all mine. My very first grown up dog. I knew I loved Mason from the day I laid eyes on him via the kill shelter website. Mason was due to be euthanized at noon on Thursday April 2! I’m so glad I took a leap of faith and rescued him.
Words could never explain how much I love him. I later found out more about Mason’s life. He was dumped in the middle of the road and found. Luckily he was found. The thought that someone would just dump him like trash was beyond me. Since adopting Mason I’ve adopted two other dogs from a rescue. Yes I was finally approved!
Because of my three rescue dogs and their stories, I decided I wanted to do more and save more lives!! So I’ve since become a very full time dog foster mom. My life gets crazy sometimes and sometimes I doubt myself and think “am I cut out for this”? Well yes I am. I’ve been fostering for a few months now and I’ve had 10 plus dogs come in and get adopted. It’s always super difficult for me to let them go because every foster dog has a story and every foster dog brings a little more love and little more happiness into my life. I absolutely love what I do and I do it with so much pride and joy. It’s difficult to explain how a rescue dog is different then a bought dog but they are very different. Rescue dogs love you a little bit more. It’s like they know you rescued them. The reason I know and say this is because I’ve known people who have bought and then decided to rescue and they themselves have told me the love is completely different.
Being a dog mom and a foster dog mom is amazing but it’s not easy. No job to love and let go ever is….