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Foster Homes Needed

“Fostering an animal isn’t a lifetime commitment…it’s a commitment to saving a life”

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Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary (BCFS) is a registered charity animal rescue that helps farm and companion animals through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, long-term care, and education.

BCFS operates primarily through a foster-based rehabilitation system. Our animals are cared for in loving foster homes – not in kennels – before being placed in their forever homes. These foster families help with basic obedience and socialization and show our animals what it’s like to feel loved and secure. In this way, foster parents serve an invaluable role in our rescue.

We are currently seeking additional foster homes in order to assist us in continuing our life-saving work.

What better way to understand the value and impact of being a foster parent to an animal in need, than to hear from some of our long-time fosters? We are grateful to Leah and Raye for not only opening their homes to many of our dogs, but for taking the time to write testimonies regarding their experience as part of the BCFS foster program.

From Leah:

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Why did you decide to foster with BCFS? Why is fostering important to you?
I believe that BCFS shares some of the same core values I have. Adopt don’t shop. Educating people about adoption and the importance of sterilization of pets. Educating the public to be aware of puppy mills to ask questions and find out where that cute puppy in the window is really coming from. I love and respect the work Amy and her volunteers do. I love that she takes in many animals not just dogs. I see a huge importance in her Rescue regarding top notch vet care. I think it is very important for animals to be healed physically and mentally before being adopted out. One thing that fosters can really provide is one on one time. I love that Amy never puts an animal up for adoption unless that animal is ready and has made big process healing both physically and mentally. I see the importance of big shelters but some dogs do not do well in a shelter environment. They do much better in a foster setting and get the extra time they need to heal. I like that animals are never pushed through this rescue everything is very thought through. I think it is very important to have a board of directors and BCFS has one made up of some pretty great people. People who know what they are doing and want to always do what’s best for any animal in BCFS care. I foster because it is close to my heart and I love BCFS.”

What has your experience been like as a foster parent? (joys, challenges, etc.) 
“It has been extremely rewarding. It has been something I have wanted to do for many years and I feel very blessed that BCFS has helped me fulfill that dream. It is challenging but it a good way. It can be tough on my dogs from time to time as they really are the three amigos and they sometimes get a little jealous of the newcomer. I have a hard time also with letting go of the dog I have been fostering. It has now been a full year of taking in fosters at our farm and I fall in love with every one every time lol! I trust in BCFS adoption process. I know they will do everything in their power to find the best possible home for my foster pup so at the end of the day it will be happy tears I will crying! I love when adopters give me pupdates on my previous fosters. It brings me great joy and happiness to know they are so loved and safe and it also opens the door for me to take in another which I will no doubt fall in love with!”

What would be your advice to anyone considering being a foster parent?
“I would say what are you waiting for? It has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. You are truly saving a life. Every time one of my foster dogs makes any sort of progress I feel so proud. It is so much fun to see these dogs learn well how to be dogs again. It is wonderful seeing them enjoying their lives the way it should be safe, happy and with lots of love and snuggles.”



From Raye:

Tia was a little chilly in the pumpkin patch; she got a snuggle from foster mum Raye!

Why did you decide to foster with BCFS? Why is fostering important to you?
“I became a foster mom for BCFS because I met Amy B at canine camp getaway along with Lisa T and we became friends on facebook. Then one day I saw a desperate post from Lisa about this toy poodle named Sophie. She had bought her from a back yard breeder mill situation to save her but had a bulldog who did not take to strange dogs. She needed a rescue and  foster home. I contacted Amy with the idea I would foster her if Amy would intake her into the rescue. Amy quickly agreed  so  my Hubby and I headed to Buffalo NY to meet Lisa at Timmies and bring Sophie back.
Sophie stayed with me for a couple of weeks until I got her neck healed up and then we took her to Beaver Creek to meet her forever family. Amy is a very savvy lady and passed me a lovely spaniel saying  if I won’t mind for a couple of weeks. Taffy was adopted within a week so back to the farm for a meet and greet.  Amy somehow had 2 Chihuahuas in my car to foster before I left the property and a foster home was born.
Fostering is important to me. I have learned a lot about myself and about humanity. It gives me the chance to help heal some of the injustices humans inflicted on animals. They are innocent and need of our help. I find the more I see the more I prefer dogs.”

What has your experience been like as a foster parent? (joys, challenges, etc.)
“Fostering is not for the weak of heart. The biggest challenge is not to keep them all. You must keep telling yourself that if you keep one that spot could of helped 10 others. That being said I have adopted some of my foster dogs. One was a puppy mill mama who was so shattered emotionally that by the time she could function enough to face the world she was so bonded to me I would crush her if I sent her away. The joys are watching the wagging tails as they walk down the road ,  or as they come to you truly glad to see you. The challenges are getting them to overcome neglect, both physically and mentally, house training, destructive behaviors, and gaining their trust while maintaining a space reserved for their forever home.”

What would be your advice to anyone considering being a foster parent?
“Be aware these animals may have health or behavior issues and as fosters you are offering to help them. You are not alone though BCFS will help give you the tools to work on the issues they also will do their best to let you know what to expect with each new intake. Occasionally something slips under the screening but it is not through lack of trying or dedication.  That being said some of the dogs just need a quiet place to relax and be a dog. As you gain experience you may want to foster the more challenging cases or you may enjoy continuing being a loving quiet place for a lost soul. You may also want to take breaks to recharge between souls. Fostering can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.”

So, to quote Leah, “what are you waiting for?” If you are interested in fostering for BCFS, please submit a complete application to our Adoptions Coordinator, Silvana Cronier (scronier@rogers.com)

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