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Glad to see you checking our brand new blog. With the launch of
our new website, we wanted to take advantage of the blog to share
stories, examine issues and connect with you in a different
Why are some dogs in foster care for so long?
The journey of every rescue is different. Some dogs that we
rescue are ready and able to spring into the arms of an adoptive
family. Some dogs have endured cruelty or difficult situations and
need to learn to trust before they rush into an adoptive home. Some
dogs have medical issues that they require treatment for before
they can be adopted. hart foster parents offer a range of different
supports for each dog based on their own background and
Jetta is an extreme example of a long-term foster dog. Living in
and around Nisku for at least six months, Jetta had been crossing
the QEII many times each day. How she avoided the traffic and
stayed alive is a testament to her survival skills.
hart received calls from dog lovers travelling to and from the
airport regarding "a little black dog" running around loose. This
dog would gently take food from generous people, but did not trust
to engage in further interaction. Knowing that the temperature was
dropping and the speed of traffic in the area, we needed to help
somehow. Jetta was so wary, it took three day-long attempts to
finally coax her into a safer life.
We do not know how Jetta came to live by the airport, but what
we do know is that when introduced to a domestic environment, it
all seemed new and frightening for her. Jetta's foster family has
invested countless hours working with her, getting her used to a
home, human touch and new dogs. Jetta has responded slowly and will
eventually meet the right adoptive parent who has experience with
fearful dogs and lots of love and patience.
Jetta's journey has involved being in foster placement for over
a year. hart is committed to provide care and socialization while
we work to find the right match for each rescue dog. Each rescue
dog has a unique personality and set of behaviors that need to
align with a potential adoptive parent or family. Until that match
comes along, hart rescue dogs stay in the safe, comfortable, and
loving care of our foster volunteers.