April 24, 2014

I Most Likely Smell Like Dog Pee: Confessions of a Foster Mom

A sweet long-hair Chihuahua named Foxy who is currently available for adoption.

A couple of years ago a friend asked me if I wanted to help her find homes for some dogs that had been used for breeding at the facility where she worked. Not really knowing what I was getting myself into, I said “sure!” I think I thought that it would be a few dogs here or there. It has been hundreds in the last two years, and it could have been more if I had more room. My first foster dog was a little long haired Chihuahua that I named Senor Scaredy Pants, Senor for short, because he was so scared of humans. I spent countless hours chasing him around my yard when I needed to bring him into the house. I have since learned to put a harness and leash on all new fosters for the first few weeks until they let me handle them. It took 6 or 7 months, but he eventually started to come to me for small amounts of affection. I still remember the first time I saw him run in my back yard just for fun, not because he was scared. The look of pure joy on his face still brings tears to my eyes. A nice older couple found Senor on Adoptapet and gave him a great home. I still get updates from time to time on his progress. I still miss him. There has now been about two and half years and more than a hundred scared puppy mill dogs have passed through my house. Each one of them has taught me something new about patience and love.  This blog will be about my journey as a rescuer, as well as some of the other foster parents from A Soft Place to Land.

Bowling for Meatballs – A Big Thanks!

We have so many thank yous for Sunday’s event! Let’s see if I can do it!

Tannis Roeder and Chipper’s Lanes Scott’s Import Specialists The Cupboard
Perennial Gardener Brand Spankin’ Used Thrift Store Martha Stiles
Therese Clemmens Adam D’Antonio and Odell Brewing Equinox Brewing
New Belgium Brewing Josie Furney Eileen Donahue
Cara Mitchell Buttercream Cupcake Kali Johnson of Namaste Salon
Namaste Salon Bath Nursery Wagz
Jackie Berezoski and Poudre Feed Natural Balance Petsmart
Build-a-Bear Maximum Boutique at Centera Brinda O’Grady of Lia Sophia
Lynn Cercere of Party Lite Camp Bow Wow City Park Animal Clinic
Palmer House Flowers Aspen Grove Vet Clinic Rover’s Ranch
Michelle McAnally Walrus Ice Cream Kilwins
Rover’s Ranch Bean Cycle Merrick Dog Food
Julia White

….and everyone who was able to attend and/or donated!

Thank you!

2011 By The Numbers

We’re proud of the great work we did in 2011, but couldn’t have done it without the help of our supporters! Whether you fostered, volunteered, donated some of your treasure, sponsored a dog, helped with taxes, participated in our meet ups, or anything else.  Thanks to everyone for making 2011 a success!

  • 47 adoptions
  • 54 dogs sprung from puppy mills
  • 5 dogs taken in from owner surrenders
  • 1 stray dog taken in
  • 11 dogs taken in by Shiba Scout and Luck Star Cavalier Rescue
  • Countless people to thank!!

Soft Place to Land is 501(c)(3) organization

As of September 19, 2011, A Soft Place to Land, Inc. has been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.