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Forever in Foster – Forever in Our Hearts

Many of you don’t see what goes on behind the scenes at Speaking of Dogs Rescue, particularly with regards to the senior dogs in our care. As some of you know, our rescue focuses on compassionate care for senior dogs. When these beloved dogs come into our rescue, they often have needs that are beyond the scope of adoption. Still others are up for adoption for months without finding a forever home, and they eventually become attached to their foster parents. At that point we often feel that it is not in the best interest of the dog to be uprooted and put into a new home, given their age. And so, we keep some of our senior dogs in our Forever in Foster program, which has been running for over six years and has seen many dogs live out their last chapter in a loving, caring foster home, cherished until they cross over to the Rainbow Bridge. Speaking of Dogs Rescue cares for these dogs financially for the rest of their lives, covering their vetting, food, and grooming costs.

We have had some exceptional challenges in terms of health-care costs, but we cannot let these dogs down. If you would like to make a donation to our Forever in Foster program and help us continue to give our senior dogs the care they deserve, please visit Canada Helps.    You will immediately receive a tax receipt, and all funds will go toward Speaking of Dogs Rescue.  Consider a monthly donation to enable us to continuously assist dogs in need.

We salute our Forever Foster parents and the dogs who are being embraced by the commitment and love of these special volunteers. As well, our fundraising volunteers are an incredible group of doggone dedicated folks, and without their help we would not be able to assist the many dogs who have blessed our lives and touched our hearts.

 Meet Our Forever Fosters

Diesel

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This feisty 14 year old toy poodle was left homeless when his senior owner passed away.  He had always been with the same lady and led a quiet life – he must have been so lost and confused when the lady’s daughter dropped him off at the foster home.  He was in desperate need of dental surgery and that was done right away by Speaking of Dogs Rescue.  Diesel is in a loving foster home with a wonderful foster mom who cherishes him and tends to his every need.  It took a while but Diesel did acclimate to his new environment and life.  He loves to snuggle and cuddle now with his foster mom.  If you would like to help support Diesel with his vetting and grooming costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Jessie

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Ten-year-old Jessie is an American Eskimo and Border Collie mix who was living with a house full of young roommates who could not properly take care of him. They listed him on Kijiji as a “free to good home” dog (never a good idea!).  Thankfully, Jessie had a guardian angel who stepped in and took him to her loving, stable home.  She called Speaking of Dogs Rescue to let us know the situation with Jessie.  We immediately took Jessie and his guardian angel under our wing and offered medical treatment for his chronic ear issues.  Due to some of his anxiety issues we felt it best he stay where he is safe and loved.  His ear challenges are being treated and assessed on a regular basis and some headway has been made. If you would like to help support Jessie with his vetting and grooming costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Maxwell

This handsome boy is Maxwell who is approximately 10 years old and was left at a local Toronto shelter. He was diagnosed with hip displacement and arthritis.  Due to his ongoing treatment for pain management we wanted to ensure he would never be without medical attention or be in discomfort so he is now a part of our Forever in Foster program.  Big boy Max lives with a loving retired couple who have embraced him whole-heartedly into their lives. He enjoys his daily strolls, road trips and stretching out for an afternoon nap in front of the sunny window.  If you would like to help support Maxwell with his vetting and special food costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Annie

Annie the lovable and charming Schnauzer came into the rescue from a local Toronto shelter as a “stray” in the fall. Her teeth were so badly infected and rotting that she ended up losing most of them during her dental surgery. She also had mammary masses that were removed and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Unfortunately, one of the samples came back malignant and our vet felt Annie should be placed in our Forever in Foster program. Annie is doing great and living the life in downtown TO making friends wherever she goes, keeping it real at the dog park and making sure her foster dad gets to work on time! Once dad is off to work, the girls (foster mom and Annie) make breakfast and work from their home-based biz!  If you would like to help support Annie with her vetting and grooming costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Minnie

Sweet Minnie came from a shelter in the Toronto area as a “stray” and is approximately 10 years old.  Dear Minnie has some health issues that require constant attention so she is now in our forever-in-foster program where she will be loved, cared for and financially supported by the rescue for life. If you would like to help support Minnie with her vetting and grooming costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Maggie

When little Maggie’s elderly owner could no longer care for her we were asked to take her into our adoption program.  A loving foster mom was found and we tried to find her a home however it’s not always easy finding a 13 year-old dog a new home.  Maggie and her foster mom became bonded and settled so we felt it was best that Maggie not be uprooted again and transferred her to our forever-in-foster care program.  She has some health and special dietary needs and we are happy to ensure she gets her monthly prescriptions and special food.  Her foster mom said that Maggie is a delightful senior lady who has made herself right at home and loves her daily walks, naps and meal times.  If you would like to help support Maggie with her vetting, grooming and special food costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Vanilla

Vanilla is a 10+ little Pekingese mix who came from a shelter in Quebec.  Upon examination with our veterinarian it was discovered that Vanilla has some ongoing eye issues and is in the early stages of renal failure. She is now in our palliative forever-in-foster program with a loving foster family in north Toronto.  She has a canine brother and loves when the grandkids come to visit!  Her foster mom says “she is the sweetest soul and loves to be loved”.  If you would like to help support Vanilla with her vetting and special food costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Dustin

Dustin came into our rescue in the fall from a home where his owner had been hospitalized with a long-term health issue and could no longer care for the sweet boy.  Dustin is an 11-year-old Shepherd and Retriever mix who was diagnosed with renal insufficiency (from his previous veterinarian) that will progress to renal failure.  We had Dustin up for adoption for several months but there was not much interest in him and no applications were ever submitted so we decided to place him in the Forever-In-Foster program after his latest urine and blood tests.  Big Dust (often known as the Walmart Greeter of Dogdom) will now stay with his foster parents and live the good life north of the city and welcome new foster dogs who arrive looking for love and stability.  If you would like to help support Dustin with his vetting and grooming costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Eve

We took Eve into our rescue on New Year’s Eve day from one of our partner shelters in south-western Ontario.  She was listed as a small, sweet, senior blind Labrador mix.  Once at the foster home it was evident that she was struggling with a medical issue as she was ravenous and drinking copious amounts of water.  During her veterinary appointment she was very quickly diagnosed with diabetes and her journey back to health and stability began.  We were lucky and blessed to find a forever-in-foster mom (with thanks to all our Facebook friends!) who herself is diabetic and has experience with caring for diabetic cats.  Eve’s blood curve results are not yet where they should be but it’s a work in progress and she’s well on her way now with a loving family and the healthcare she was previously denied.  We are all here for you Eve!  You’ll never again be abandoned! If you would like to help support Eve with her insulin, needles, special food and ongoing medical costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Chance

Chance is a 13 year-old Border Collie who came to us through an outreach email when his owner could no longer take care of him properly.  Thankfully, one of our long-time colleagues and a partner rescue was on hand to help Chance by taking him into her care right away.  Chance has some assessed behavioural issues that we feel would be challenging for an adopter and since he’s settled in well with his current caregiver we feel it would be best that he was not uprooted again.  His caregiver agreed to be his forever-in-foster mom and we are all delighted that Chance gets to stay! If you would like to help support Chance with his vetting, food and/or grooming costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Tara

Little Tara came to us from a family whose senior grandmother was experiencing health and dementia issues.  She had to move to a long-term care facility and could not take her beloved dog with her.  Tara is a 13-year-old shih tzu who has some ongoing medical treatments with regards to her eyes.  She is now in our forever-in-foster program as she has some trust issues with having new people handle her and administer her eye creams and drops but she has learned to trust her foster parents and our veterinarian.  Tara now lives (and will forever thanks to our FIF program) with a wonderful Toronto-based retired couple and a new best friend – a long-haired Chihuahua – who also has needs eye meds several times a day! If you would like to help support Tara with her eye medications, vetting and/or grooming costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).

Daisy

Senior lady Daisy came to us from a busy shelter in Quebec.  She was surrendered by her owners who noticed she wasn’t feeling well and instead of taking her to the vet, they took her to the shelter and left her behind.  Poor Daisy didn’t know what she had done to lose her family but what she didn’t know is that she was very ill.  Daisy came into our rescue and right away our foster mom noticed she was drinking far too much water and was always hungry.  We took her to the veterinarian the very day and she was quickly diagnosed with diabetes.  She is now being treated and feels so much better!  Who knows how long Daisy went untreated!  She is good hands now though and is part of our forever-in-foster care program!  If you would like to help support Daisy with her vetting costs please go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/speaking-of-dogs-rescue/ (a tax receipt will be provided for you).