What do we mean when we say rescues need time to “…

Imagine you have been on the run for weeks.

Scavenging for very bite of food and every drop of water.
Humans chasing you out of their trash.
Dodging cars as you run.
Kids throwing rocks.
Never knowing if it is safe to sleep.

Now imagine you are tossed in the back of a car.  
Carrier much too small. Or no carrier at all.
Scary noises.  Bright lights.
Cold hard floor.  Lots of dogs barking.
You still can’t sleep.  Nerves on edge. Can’t even eat.

This is what many of our dogs have been through before they are rescued from the streets or pulled into safety from the animals shelters.  They are scared, emotionally broken and untrusting.

Tia straight from the streets to a back seat.

Bridgette scared of all the volunteers; found safety in her crate.

Paquita & Emma relying on each other for safety.

Our rescues are not ready for a home when they are first rescued.  They need time to “decompress”.  Decompression is known as a state of relief from pressure; a return to normalcy after a stressful period or situation.

Our pups are brought into the center for approximately a week, temperament tested and given time to decompress.  This is when the dog is left to rest, learn they are safe and know they can trust the volunteers who care for them.

After a time in the Adoption Center, the dogs/puppy then enter a foster home that we believe is a good match for their needs.  Resident dogs, volunteers and children help the transition.

Paulie & Vixen went to a home together to help with the transition.
Vixen learning from resident dogs that toys are fun.
Vixen finally trusting humans for a snuggle on the couch.

It can take days or weeks for break throughs in our rescues.  The Brew Crew litter showed signs that they were not handled by humans as small puppies.  They cowered from touch and did not trust an outstretched hand.

Paulie learning that cat naps on the couch are better with a pillow.
Amber learning that a quiet house means restful sleep for a growing puppy.

Fosters and volunteers find the first night with their new foster pups the most satisfying.  You can literally see the decompression in their body language and their deep sighs.

Little Chloe was so stressed from being in a kennel that we knew we had to get her into a foster home.
A loving snuggle from a human and this little girl knew she was safe. 
Kristen is under weight, hair is limp and she is heartworm positive.
Her first night on knowing what it feels like to be pampered and spoiled.
Eventually she will come to expect such love and adoration.

It is hard to see them so sick, stressed and insecure; but we cannot turn our backs.  We are the “somebodies” who can help.  If you want to know how you can help, please visit our website at www.takemehomepetrescue.com

We have so many different ways you can help.  Donations of food, money, supplies are always appreciated.  Taking time to go through our volunteer program.  Cleaning the adoption center.  Donating time for administrative duties, loving on puppies, reading to cats or sewing blankets.  We need all kinds of help.

Want more information about volunteering?  Email info@takemehomepetrescue.com and someone would be happy to answer your questions.

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