One of the questions we often get from people interested in rescue in general is, “How do you find dogs for your program”? This is one such story with a happy ending for a boy named Bo. A goal of ours is to try and service people looking for help with rescue in the Northeast areas that do not have a lot of rescue organization options easily available to them. One such area is central and eastern Pennsylvania. We had corresponded with a rescue friend, Diane Buhl, in New Ringgold, PA on a number of occasions and were going out to visit their kennel, Charwill Kennels. Diane had received a call from an elderly couple in Pennsylvania, who were moving unexpectedly and had no luck finding a home for Bo, their 9 year old German Shepherd. When we visited, she let us know that Bo’s owner had less than 10 days to find him a home.
Space was tight but we would work hard to get Bo a new home. Within a few days, one of our volunteers met Bo and immediately brought Bo home to foster. Our volunteer also had a German Shepherd at home, Sheba, who was not fond of any other dogs in the house. However, Bo was out of options, so after a few days, Sheba and Bo came to a temporary truce. It wasn’t long before we found Bo a nice foster home with no other dogs. Bo’s final foster home was a short foster, because they instantly fell in love with Bo and within 3 days decided to adopt Bo.
It would be nice if all our stories and adoptions worked so quickly as it did for Bo, but the ‘average’ time a dog stays with us is about 3 months. We were happy that all the pieces fell into place with Bo. In rescue, one never knows where the dog will come from but where they are going is to a new happy home.