Be a Foster Caregiver
When you foster a dog in need, every minute you spend offering kindness, guidance and a safe haven, paves the way for that dog to find lifelong security and love.
You'll provide this one special dog a unique opportunity between abandonment and adoption - to transition into knowing what being in a good home feels like. Your time and effort will allow your foster dog to feel safe, secure and to heal his or her wounded heart. He or she will learn to trust your touch, your guaranteed return from work each day, a steady feeding schedule, and how to be alone and remain stress-free. Many of these things can't be taught in a kennel situation. The intimate knowledge you gain about your foster dog; such as favorite toys, treats or places to explore, to things that create discomfort -be it cats, other dogs, or children - will help situate him or her within the perfect family situation. Whatever your foster dog's unique situation calls for, thanks to you, he or she will have the best chance possible at settling into a new life without reason for return. Many fear becoming too attached and having to say goodbye and therefore do not volunteer to foster. The average foster time is 4-6 weeks and a bond will form between you and the pup. The joy of knowing you helped a pup who needed you more than anything, a pup you have come to love and care about, far outweighs any of the sadness you may feel having to say goodbye. Nothing is as rewarding as receiving an annual Christmas card, seeing your foster pup happy, safe, well-adjusted and loved with their new family and knowing that you helped get them there! Most forever families understand the bond that is formed between foster parent and dog and will send updates, pictures and keep you informed on how well your foster pup is doing in their new life. Saying "Good Bye" only means saying "Hello" to the next pup that needs you. Please don't let your fears of sadness and saying goodbye stand in the way of helping out a dog that truly needs you and your love!
Be Part of our Transport Team
If you like to drive and can help transport our dogs from area shelters to our veterinarians, or from the veterinarians to their new foster homes, etc., we can use your help. A crucial need is for people available to pull dogs from animal shelters and animal controls to their foster caregiver. We also need responsible individuals who can pull dogs for us in remote locations or other cities and transport them to their foster caregivers and those who can transport adopted dogs to their new homes and families. Our transport team also performs tasks such as transporting crates and other supplies when needed, from one foster home to another. This may sound menial, but it's a huge help in knowing you helped played a big role in helping to save a dogs life.
Make a Donation
Or, if you prefer, you can donate a heartworm treatment, a spay/neuter or vaccinations directly to one of our participating vet clinics, specifying your funds for a Brittany rescue dog. Buy us an ad in your neighborhood newspaper to generate adoption applicants. There is always a need for premium dog food, crates, bowls, collars, leashes, bedding, cleaning supplies, dog shampoos, and chew toys such as bully sticks, compressed rawhide chews, Nylabones, Kongs, etc.
Sponsor a Dog
You can also choose to sponsor a dog in our program - BE A GUARDIAN ANGEL! Pay for a dog's vet care, and we will name the dog after you, or someone of your choosing, send you its picture, and teach it to shake your hand. If you can't afford to sponsor a dog, get some dog loving buddies together and ask if they will pitch in with you to give a deserving dog a new "leash" on life. Sponsoring or saving a dog in someone's honor would make a very unique birthday, Valentine or Christmas present - and one that can last many long and loving years.
No question about it - Brittany rescue is tough work, and North America (United States & Canada) is a vast area to cover. To make matters worse, our beloved breed is gaining in popularity. Unfortunately, we often find that we're flooded with homeless dogs immediately following bird season. Why? Because with Brittanys becoming a top choice for bird hunters, we have to deal with the fact that many of these "hunters" aren't equipped with either the expertise or knowledge to properly train a gundog, and irresponsibly turn them loose, or hand them into shelters if the dog doesn't perform up to their unrealistic standards after little or no training. As always, it's the dog that winds up losing…and suffers the fate of abandonment. In addition to that, the breed characteristics add to the difficulty and cost of rescue. It is harder to find good foster and adoptive homes for active dogs such as Brittanys when people have the preconceived notion that Brittanys are "outside or kennel dogs" simply because they are a hunter.
It's been said that purebred dogs tend to attract both the worst and best kind of owners. The worst create all our problems. If you're one of the best, please join us and help us with the solution!
Sponsor A Dog!