#FamousFosters are en vogue!
Foster Dogs Inc and Susie’s Senior Dogs have teamed up to create #FamousFosters, a brand new program to place older shelter dogs into the homes of people in the public eye. With each “famous” foster parent, a new audience will be privy to the joys (and yes, sometimes – the challenges) of fostering, seeing the animal go from homeless to adopted! We’ve teamed up with several local rescue organizations and are debuting new #FamousFosters throughout the year, having just had our first success story!
Fostering saves lives! @susiesseniordogs & @fosterdogsnyc are teaming up to connect homeless senior dogs with some awesome humans who can help make a difference. CHARLIE, welcome to the #FamousFosters club! This adorable 7 year old guy just left the city shelter to get some R&R in a foster home! We’re showing the public just how incredible fostering is, and what a difference you can make to a senior shelter dog. Charlie is up for adoption with @shelterchic animal rescue.
Charlie lived with Kimiko for just under one week, and found a wonderful home after being viewed on Susie’s Senior Dogs. He went from rags to riches in a matter of days!
With dog rescue becoming chic and trendy nationwide, more animals are getting rescued than ever before. Through the help of innovative programs, no-kill rescue efforts, shelter improvements, positive adoption messaging, and celebrity support, animal rescue is on the rise.
Did you see the amazing story of Ginger the Pit Bull who found a foster home with Sir Patrick Stewart, for ASPCA’s “Get Tough on Dogfighting” campaign? C’mon, how incredible is that?
When a person in the public eye uses their celebrity status to promote a positive message and encourage kindness to others (be it animals or humans), they are making a real difference. In New York City alone, Animal Haven, Best Friends Animal Society, Shelter Chic, Muddy Paws Rescue, among other organizations, have encouraged celebrity involvement in order to promote their lifesaving efforts. Animal Care Centers of NYC have lowered their euthanasia rates from 60% of dogs and cats in 2003, to 13% in 2015 (Source: NYTimes). That’s an incredible difference, partly due to the following factors: more people choosing to adopt, local rescue groups taking shelter dogs into their care, reuniting owners with lost pets, positive and appealing marketing, increased city budget, counseling prior to surrendering a pet, improved shelter facilities, and of course – fostering!
Our first Famous Foster dog is Charlie, a 7 year old Shih Tzu from NYC Animal Care Centers. We placed him with actress Kimiko Glenn (Orange is the New Black, Waitress on Broadway, Broad City), along with her boyfriend, dog, and cat. Shelter Chic’s director Brittany worked quickly with the #FamousFosters team to get Charlie from ACC, who was thrilled to hear he was headed to a fantastic foster placement!
More shelter animals are finding homes every year, and it’s up to all of us to continue spreading the word about pet fostering and adoption. “Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). The number of dogs and cats euthanized in U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011. This decline can be partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.” (Source: ASPCA, 2017)
Says Tawny Hammond, Director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in northern Virginia, “We’ve seen a real revolution in animal sheltering over the past decade, so increasingly people associate their local animal shelter with hope, triumph and second chances, [a]nd that’s made a huge difference.” (Source: Huffington Post).
If we can change minds and reach out to new audiences about the joys of fostering and adoption, particularly of older dogs, we can expand our never-ceasing mission of saving lives.
Want to recommend a #FamousFosters caretaker for this experience? Email info [at] fosterdogsnyc.com. For typical foster placements, we encourage everyone to apply to our Foster Roster, and check out available dogs on fosterdogsnyc.com.
Note regarding #FamousFosters placements: Foster Dogs & Susie’s Senior Dogs will provide foster dog care materials, support with any questions, transportation assistance, and more.