Colleyville

Fostering and giving back!!!

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Are you on the fence about fostering to help an animal in need?  Fostering is one of the most heartwarming and rewarding experiences that I have encountered in my time while volunteering with rescues.  It is another way for me to give back along with the free rescue photo sessions that I provide through my Pet and Family Photography business.

Is it hard work?  Yes, it can be challenging.  Do they require love and attention?  They certainly do and they need structure and help figuring out the family’s routine.  Does it always work out perfectly?  Don’t make me tell you a story, everything doesn’t always work out perfectly.  However, I would rather give it a go and have tried than to have done nothing at all.  Is it difficult when they leave and find their forever home?  You bet it is!  However, I would rather cry watching them leave our home to live a life of joy in a loving forever home than cry because no one came to help them and they died alone, frightened, and sad in a shelter.

In the last 5 years I have had the pleasure of working with a great rescue named Legacy Boxer Rescue.  LBR is located in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas.  They are a wonderful organization that helps Boxers in need of a temporary home before they find their way on to a forever home.  We are on foster #19 with Legacy Boxer Rescue.  Our current foster has been with us for five months and may be here a while.  I don’t tell you this to scare you, I share this so that you realize that they can be with you a while physically but will be with you in spirit and mentally for the rest of your life.

Our average time with a foster has been approximately two months.  The shortest amount of time that we had a foster with us was three weeks and the longest amount of time that we had a foster with us was thirteen months.  Sugar is the foster that we had for thirteen months and I miss her every day.  I don't regret having Sugar here for one minute.  On the upside I get to see her whenever her family goes on vacation.  I tease her forever family that I will start entering them into vacation sweepstakes so that I can see her more often.

If you aren’t sure that you want to foster right away then try volunteering with a rescue or a shelter.  Then if they have something like a temporary foster program or a foster sitter program try that out.  If you like how you feel and want to do more then do more.   Something is better than nothing.   You might surprise yourself and save a life in the process, it might be your life that is saved because you feel again and make a difference.  It will certainly make a difference to the animal you saved.

Best wishes,

Jeffrey

Pets and Children in Hot Vehicles: How you can help!!!

Summer Pet and Children Safety

Heatstroke is deadly and our beloved pets and children can die in a very short amount of time when they are left unattended in a vehicle.  What can you do if you see or hear of a pet or child left in a vehicle alone?  Well, there are several actions that you can take.

One of the first things that you can and should do is call for help.  If this is for a pet call the local animal control or the police department to report a pet in a vehicle.  If this is a child call the police department. Tell the person that the pet or child appears to be in distress and is in danger.  Endangering a pet is against the law in many places and this is definitely true for children.

Try to find the parent/guardian of the pet or the child.  Capture the make, model, and the color of the vehicle as well as the license plate.  Go into the nearest store or mall and ask for security or a manager and have them announce it on their loudspeaker system if they have one.  Have them make the announcement as specific as possible regarding the type of pet or what the child looks like and that the pet or child is locked inside the car and is in danger of heatstroke.

Then go back out to the vehicle and check on the pet or child to see if they are still there and in distress.  The guardian may have come by and taken care of the situation already.  If not keep an eye on the vehicle and the pet or child and if necessary help them out of the vehicle if no one arrives in time.

Look up your state and city laws about pets and children in hot vehicles and what you are allowed to do legally.  The best thing you can do is educate yourself so that you are prepared to save a life if necessary.

Stay Cool,

Jeffrey

Pets on the Hill (Bringing a community together for Rescue Pets)

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I had the pleasure of participating in the Pets on the Hill adoption and awareness event this past Saturday in Dallas, Texas.  There were more than seven rescue groups from the surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth areas at the event.

I took over 250 pet and rescue photographs of Boxers, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Pit Bulls, Labrador Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Shepherd Lab puppy mixes, some beautiful cats.  The fabulous animals ranged in age from 8 weeks to 10 years old.

I love being able to give back to the community through my photography business.  I feel honored that I get to provide high quality images to help raise awareness of those in need by capturing their spirit through photographing them and using their images to help them find their forever home.  The animals are looking for homes in the Flower Mound, Grapevine, Dallas, and Fort Worth areas as well as several other cities in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

Have a great week!

Jeffrey