York is a rescue dog from Joplin, MO. He is a mix of German Shepard and black Lab and his age was guessed at about 1 1/2 year old. He's mainly a black dog with some exceptions. There's some white hair in his chest area and his tan eyebrow dots match his "socks" on his legs. It looks like he has tall tan socks on his hind legs and shorter tan socks on his front legs. His picture on the rescue sight showed his paws trying to climb the chain-link fence & begging for freedom with his eyes. Steve and I immediately knew we wanted to foster him and get him out of doggie jail. We already had 2 dogs (on the bigger side) and a small house, so there was never a discussion of anything other than fostering him.
York arrived in MN off the "freedom van" late at night. He was scared of the car and we had to pick him up in order to get him in. Once home, he fell asleep almost right away after meeting the other two dogs. However, in the morning he was spry, tail wagging, and eager to start his day. I'll never forget the moment he had me. We were in the kitchen and I just finished giggling at his reaction to our coffee maker. After barking at it, he sat down and looked right up at me with a huge grin, tail wagging about 300 miles per hour. I leaned down to pet him and he wrapped one paw around my leg, as if he was embracing my leg. That was it. It only took a matter of hours for York to melt my heart and I knew he wasn't going anywhere. And he didn't.
All of our dogs are rescues. In addition to York, our current dogs Layla and Simon have come from local groups, as well as Calvin, Dakota, Hobbes, & Duke; all of whom have passed over the rainbow bridge. My husband and I volunteer with Safe Hands Rescue, driving the rescue transport that comes from KY, fostering, and any other activities that go with the rescue work. Rescue groups work very hard, we see it first-hand. They're non-profit and typically the volunteers also hold down full-time employment. Rescuing dogs is their labor of love and they do it tirelessly and passionately trying to save as many dogs as possible, while relying on donations to help accomplish their work.
Since I have proven to be a "foster fail," I had to come up with a additional ways to help these dogs in need. A lot goes into rescuing dogs, the behind-the-scenes activities. For example, there are a lot of high-kill shelters, especially in the south. These rescue groups need the funds to send vans/vehicles down for the transport, which requires gas, blankets, food,cleaning supplies, kennels, leashes, collars, toys, etc.. for the trip alone. They also provide veterinary assistance and food for the dogs while they are in foster care, which helps the kind folks to foster on a regular basis.
Anyone who has adopted a rescue dog (or cat) knows how in reality, it is they that have rescued us. The joy and unconditional love that they share with us is something indescribable. In a perfect world, I would own hundreds of acres of land for all homeless animals to frolic and play on, whilst getting full bellies of food and plenty of TLC. However, the reality is that I, in fact, am not a land owner, but a lover of all creatures. Especially dogs. So I'm starting with my own pocket of the world by spreading pawsitive karma by donating sales to local dog rescues via sales percentage of York's Karma Bits dog treats. For all the joy that the dogs have given to me in my life thus far, this is just the beginning!.