There are some dogs that come into our rescue program that require more love, attention and medical needs than others. They may have chronic health problems which might require an unusual amount of care and expense, they may be severely disabled, they may be elderly or have behavioral setbacks which cause them to not be able to adapt to new situations of adoptive families.
We feel that despite their special needs, whatever it may be, these dogs should live out the rest of their lives in a safe and loving home and to be cared for with the respect and dignity they deserve. It is for this reason that GCCSR has a Forever Foster Program. Special foster homes have opened their hearts and homes to these dogs. GCCSR continues to provide veterinary care for these dogs and the foster families provide the loving home in which they can live out the rest of their days.
In order for us to maintain the best quality of life for our Forever Fosters, we need additional funding in the form of donations. Rarely do the donations we receive through our Adoption fees cover the medical expenses we've accumulated for the care of rescued dogs, especially those with special behavioral or medical needs which we have deemed to be Forever Fosters. By contributing specifically to this Forever Foster Program, your financial gift will help us continue to save many more dogs, and to provide our Forever Fosters a well-deserved life of ease and contentment.
Thank you for supporting the GCCSR Forever Foster Program, your donation will truly make the difference in their world.
Forever Foster Members
Kismet came into our program in September 2014 needing LOTS of TLC, heartworm treatment, and hip surgery. Even though he recovered from all that, he had other things 'wrong' with his lab work and issues with pottying inside, all of which eventually led to a diagnosis of diabetes insipidus. Regulating the condition with meds was a trial and error situation, and he's also struggled with one UTI after another, requiring a lot of UAs and cultures, and rounds of different meds. Recently, the pressure in his eyes have spiked, so with eyedrops and frequent vet visits, we're keeping a watchful eye on that. When someone expressed an interest in adopting Kismet, his foster family who has had him 26 months knew they couldn't bear to part with him, and the board agreed that given the current unknowns with his medical management, it would be in Kismet's best interests to keep him right where he's at. The fosters have agreed to send a quarterly donation to greatly offset the cost of Kismet's routine meds and appointments, but we know there will continue to be unanticipated expenses, as there have been for the past 2 years. Welcome to the club, Kismet!
Sweet Dixie came to us in February 2014 at 2.5 years old after being turned into a Galveston shelter by a citizen who 'found her as a stray'. It didn't take us long to realize this little girl had serious medical issues (mostly allergy/skin/ear related, but SEVERE), and we tried for 2.5 years under a dermatologist's care to get her 'stable''. In October 2016, we consulted with yet another specialist about new issues - hyperextended wrists and proliferative tissues between the pads of her feet, and this has added another layer of complexity to her care. She requires daily treatments and medication for her skin to help her maintain the best quality of life that she can, and she also requires a lot of vet appointments. While many are drawn to her due to her beauty and sweet disposition, no one has been willing to take on the investment of time or money she requires, so we have named her a Forever Foster. Her foster family adores her and is committed to doing whatever they can to help her, and we feel she's in the best place she could possibly be. Donations toward her continuing care are greatly appreciated.
Taken into GCCSR's program in August 2012, Cody quickly became a favorite of all who met/knew him. With an estimated date of birth of 8/1999, he is not without his share of medical issues. In November 2013, he was diagnosed with the initial stages of congestive heart failure, which we began medicating at that time. We are pleased to report the medical management is going well, and that Cody has since earned 'ambassador status' while his foster mom carts him around to adoption and other events. He just LOVES going! Recently, he's been a little more painful in his joints, etc. As a result, given the added issues, and with Cody being 17 years old, we have decided that it would no longer be in Cody's best interests to consider a move to another home... so he has since been inducted into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame.
With an estimated DOB of December 2008, Ethan came to us from a shelter in Louisiana. He went through several months of treatment for a really horrible ear infection, which also affected his ear drums. He was very sensitive to activity around his head and ears with people he didn't know. At first we thought that his sensitivity with his ears was the cause of some of his gaurdish behavior. His ears eventually healed and with proper maintenance have been free from infection for a while. Although he really is a loving, good-natured boy to those he trusts, and has never had any issues with people in the foster homes he has had, he is unpredictable with new people. Therefore, at least until some sort of sense can be made about his triggers, Ethan will stay with his foster in Lake Charles as a forever foster.
Surrendered to BARC in April 2015 at the age of 16 when his family moved, Bobo came into our program with a lot of medical issues. More than the extent of his issues, however, was the size of his heart and his zest for life. In the fall of 2015, Bobo really started to thrive, and medically he's really started to turn around. HIs eyes are stabilized (although still blind for the most part), and his cushings disease is being controlled well with the current dosage of Vetoryl. His foster mom is feeding him like the king he is, and his coat is filling in and getting shiny. He's got more pep in his step than ever before... and at 16 years old, we and our vet feel like the best thing for Bobo is to keep him right where he's at. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Keeping him in GCCSR's program as a Forever Foster will ensure that the rest of his days are pain free, and that he's given every opportunity at the best quality of life he could possibly have.
We were contacted in December 2011 about a 12 year old dog who was suffering from an infection his owner couldn’t seem to cure. Having exhausted all financial resources, they turned to us for help. Here is Coffee’s story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwMHp-kDXyM&feature=email
We spent 2 months taking him to various vets and specialists, until someone FINALLY knew what the problem was. He underwent a series of two operations to correct a double ear ablation gone wrong the week of April 30, 2012, and we are pleased to say he handled them like a champ. Since then, Coffee has inspired a nation (they call themselves Coffee Nation), teaching them lessons about courage, forgiveness and tenacity, and he has also found his ‘forever home’ with Momma Steffanie and Wut’s Her Face. Check out our Facebook page for his daily antics: https://www.facebook.com/#!/GCCSR.Houston
Although Coffee is much better than he was when he came to us, he will always be a dog who needs constant medical care, and your donations to the Forever Foster Fund will ensure he has that care.
Meet Carly, our third inductee into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame. Carly came into our program in January 2011, after having been picked up as a stray. Someone had wanted to adopt her from the shelter, but that fell through due to her heartworm positive status. In April, after jumping off her foster's bed, Carly found herself unable to walk, and had emergency back surgery at A&M. In June 2011, she lost her foster home, but found herself in a WONDERFUL home, with two other GCCSR alumni, two kids of her very own, and a Foster Mom who works from home. She has remained there ever since.
Although Carly's pretty face attracts a lot of attention, once people learn she is at risk for future back injuries, they are leery to adopt her. Because of this, and because she has been in her current foster home for over a year and a half, as of January 2013, she is being inducted into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame, and will stay put for the rest of her days. She has done well there, and we hate to uproot her after all this time. Your generous donations to the Forever Foster Fund will help us make sure sweet Carly has the very best of everything going forward.
Hope is our fourth inductee into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame. Hope's prior owner tearfully surrendered her to us just before Christmas 2011, as she could no longer afford her care. The owner provided an inch thick file with all the vetting she had done, trying to help Hope with her severe allergy condition. After a year of diet changes, various medications and other treatments, our vet referred us to the Dermatology Department at GCVS, and Hope has now begun allergy injections.
Although Hope is a very sweet dog, she did not show well at adoptions. She is incredibly shy and would hide behind her fosters' legs. However, in time, she really opened up at their home, enjoying the company of her two and four legged siblings immensely. They also took incredible care of her, bathing her often, constantly giving her meds, and always following dietary restrictions to a T, all of which are required for her comfort. In order to ensure Hope's happiness and continued vetting which has proven to be a 'tall order', we have inducted her into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame. Thank you for your donations to the Forever Foster Fund which will help us make sure Hope lives the rest of her days comfortably, peacefully and happily.
Meet sweet Lady, who was surrendered to a vet clinic in Bryan by someone who was unable to properly care for her. The clinic offered discounts on her care and found a potential home for her with a long-time client, but after they cleaned her up and got her anemia in check, they spayed her and removed 3 mammary masses, 2 of which turned out to be cancerous. The adopters backed out, but thankfully, one of the vets at the clinic has now lovingly taken her into her home and will keep her comfortable for as long as Lady has left. She is using holistic methods for treatment, and said that Lady definitely isn't 'feeling sick' yet. While she naps plenty (and loves doing so & sleeping with the oldest child), she also has plenty of energy when they're out and about and is loving her new life. Sometimes all we can do is show them love for a short time before they cross over to The Bridge... but at least we know they left this earth knowing that their life mattered, and that people cared.