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
Estimated at 6-7 years of age when he came to us shortly
after we formed in July 2010, we thought the biggest challenge we’d face with Lucky would be to find the resources he needed to undergo heartworm treatment. This beautiful, buff boy had been returned to Harris County Animal Control by the family of his deceased owner, as they couldn’t be bothered with him. Thankfully, we found the needed foster space and were able to raise the funds for his treatment, but not long after that we figured out that he has a chronic bronchial condition requiring daily meds and constant monitoring for the rest of his life. Furthermore, he is a ‘spirited’ little guy, aka mischievous, and he was returned to our program 3 times. After the increasing difficulty he had readjusting after the third return, his foster, decided she would never put him through that kind of trial again and promised him a place to live out the rest of his days for as long as he needed it. Lucky was our first inductee into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame, and despite his rotten nature, he brings a smile every day to his family’s face through his crazy antics,a few of which you can see here: http://secure.smilebox.com/ecom/openTheBox?sendevent=4d6a63324d7a6b314e6a56384e544d774d7a457a4f54673d0d0a7026sb=1
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.
Dexter is a sweet, old buff boy who came to us in September 2012 from a shelter in Ft. Worth. Since he has been with us, he's had one health problem after another, most recently including a pretty serious bout with demodex. He also received an injection to relieve the pressure in one eye in which he has glaucoma, and he is completely blind in that eye. His ears are more problematic than most, requiring constant attention, and his joints are old and achy, requiring several daily supplements. Dexter has done very well in his foster home, but doesn't enjoy adoption events AT ALL, and it seems to be difficult on him. No one ever gives him the time of day either, so we've recently decided to induct him into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame. His foster is committed to keeping him happy and comfortable the rest of his days, and we're grateful to be able to offer him that stability.