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Three Dogs Who Are Chock-Full of Thanks

This has been a big year for Foster Dogs, with our increasing foster placement rate, bigger events, stronger volunteer crew, additional rescue group collaborations, and overall growth as an organization! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to highlight three special dogs who made an impact on us – and we are sure that we impacted their lives for the better – thanks to our donors, foster parents, and volunteers. Meet Loxy, Essie, and Brett.


Saved from Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Labrador mix Loxy found a foster home through Foster Dogs Inc. Her rescue group Muddy Paws Rescue was able to transport over 100 animals to NYC, and her foster mom discovered upon her arrival that this was the easiest foster dog she’s ever cared for! Loxy was one of the lucky dogs to get adopted at our Bissell #EmptytheShelters event in Manhattan, living happily ever after in NYC.

Loxy and her new mom at our Bissell event. Photo: Robert Stoetzel


Essie at our ShopBop event. Photo: Sarah Brasky

Our Puppy Parties & Corporate Events lead to some pretty incredible adoption stories, in unexpected ways! During New York Fashion Week, ShopBop invited us to bring puppies to mingle with celebrities and influencers. Fashion blogger Something Navy shared adoptable puppy Auburn from Found My Animal Rescue, and one of her Instagram fans Judith immediately felt a connection. “I’ve been looking in to fostering a dog and it’s quite serendipitous that Auburn has appeared. I went to school at Auburn University and I’m a loyal alum with awesome Auburn pride.” Lo and behold, they were a perfect match. Judith renamed her puppy “Essie,” but Auburn will always be their beautiful bond!

This adoption story is sure to cure your #MondayBlues and give you all the feels ❤️🤗 @judith4au writes: "I'll never spend another NYC winter alone! It all started on Thursday when @fosterdogsnyc & @foundmyanimalrescuemission teamed up with NYFW to do a puppy adoption event. A fashion blogger (@somethingnavy) I follow was at the event and shared photos in her Instagram Story. That's when I saw a photo of a little dog named #Auburn. Given that I'm an #AuburnAlum with unconditional school pride, I immediately became curious. […] I contacted FMA immediately and shared my story of growing up in #Alabama, graduating from #AuburnUniversity, and now being a 12 yr NYC resident looking for a sidekick. I was invited to attend an adoption event today at @lovethybeast in the East Village to meet Auburn. […] As if the story couldn't get any better… When I saw her paperwork, I discovered she was born in a neighboring city to my hometown in Etowah County. The same county where I was born and bred. Talk about a heavenly match. Two Southern Belles found each other in NYC. I totally cried! She's 4 mths old and was saved from a high kill shelter in Piedmont, Alabama […] The rescue is going to connect me with the families so we can all stay in touch and have sibling visits. While the name Auburn is special and is what immediately attracted me to her, I've decided to change my little Southern Belle's name. There's a special story behind the name I've chosen. Many people in my life know I've hoped of one day having a daughter I could name Esperanza (which means "Hope" in Spanish) with Essy as her nickname. I'm uncertain how my path to having a child will unfold, but I've decided that Auburn will become my little Essy!" #fosterdogsnyc #fosterdogsinc #adopted #adoptdontshop #happytails #shopbop #nyfw #happytails #dogsofnyc #dogsofinstagram #instadog #instacute #rescuedog #petsagram #dogs #puppies #rescuepuppies #puppiesofinstagram #rescue

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When their previous Fospice dog Max passed away in January, Aubree and Laura reached out to us for another match when the right dog came to our attention. In March of this year, PupStarz Rescue needed a Fospice home for their gentle-giant Brett, a super-senior Shepherd mix. We connected Aubree and Laura with PupStarz Rescue, and this amazing couple committed to keep him as their “forever foster” before they even met him. Upon arriving, they knew it was the right decision. Now, he has a cat and another large dog and to keep him company, and a beautiful backyard in Brooklyn! Read Brett’s story on our site.

Brett in his Fospice home. Photo: Marshall Boprey

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