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Foster Homes Needed Shelter Family Pets!

Foster homes are needed for families who are living in shelter facilities in Santa Fe. Help is available to people but their 4-legged friends are not permitted to be included in special housing.  Some of the dogs and cats, whose humans are in shelter facilities do have foster homes, but only temporarily.  Sometimes it takes longer for the humans to find permanent housing and so, we need more foster homes; both for the animals already in foster care and for animals who still need foster-home placement.

If you can provide a home for a dog or cat for a family who is currently in a shelter facility in Santa Fe, please let us know.  We ~sort of~ became the De-facto "go-to" rescue for this, but are trying to develop a "path forward" towards a more "formal" arrangement for families facing these difficulties.  Thank you - Donna.

PS:  Right now there are 2-dogs and 1-cat that need foster homes.  If anyone can take a sweet cat who is currently living in the "van" in a crate, please let us know today.  If anyone can take "Lucky", see pix, he's a great dog, 10-years old, gets along with everything and has been in foster care but the commitment time is up.  Thanks!! The other dog is the companion animal to the "cat" but the "son" is sleeping in the van w/the dog and is not ready to give the dog up to foster care yet. 

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Comment by Donna on May 22, 2012 at 12:07pm

We did reach out for and received advice and support from F&F and developed a template with a contract that we will be using.  However, after having a lovely and long conversation with Karen Cain, I hope the collective "we" can help each other figure out how to assist community members when they are faced with these hard decisions.  I will be happy to post ongoing developments as they occur!  And, a huge thank you for all those who have extended themselves (regardless of the results) and for whom we look forward to working with in the future.

Comment by Mary Shepherd on May 22, 2012 at 9:49am

Shari, Bless you for what you have done for these animals! :)  And I am so sorry for the punishment you received in return!!! You're right, it is the worst when people cause you harm as a result of your kindness toward them.

I think when people are down they do especially crazy and devious things. All the more reason for caution and as much legal documentation as possible to protect yourself. Maybe the animal shelter is not a bad option for these animals whose people are facing such hard times? I never thought that before, but am now wondering what are the future prospects for these guys? Each situation is unique, I suppose. I appreciate Donna's statement about making more "formal" arrangements for these situations. There is a need for short-term animal housing and contingency plans for situations where short-term becomes long-term.

Comment by Donna on May 22, 2012 at 9:34am

uy veh....

Comment by Shari Shantasi on May 22, 2012 at 8:55am

You are 100% right when it comes to a contract, Mary. It's more than a shame when people take advantage of the kindness of others. I've taken in a cat or two for a short-term boarding situation, but after having difficulties with one owner, I don't do it any more.  I thought I had my bases covered when I loaned money for the vet bill for a family dog. Had a promissory note but was unable to sue because the owner filed for bankruptcy. There's that old saying again, "No good deed goes unpunished".

Comment by Mary Shepherd on May 21, 2012 at 11:36pm

This woman also has a 15-yr-old Dalmation dog named JAK that a lovely family had taken in and thought they had adopted last fall because she had no place for him to live. After she moved into my apt she went to their home and demanded to have him back. They were very distraught and tried to talk her into leaving him with them. She has the dog now. Seriously, DO NOT TAKE ANOTHER PERSON'S ANIMALS WITHOUT A LEGAL CONTRACT IN PLACE!

Comment by Mary Shepherd on May 21, 2012 at 11:09pm

Please be careful!  I took in 5 cats last December that were at SFAS and belonged to a woman named Toni Lynum-Young who was living in the Women & Children's Shelter. These 5 cats -- the eldest named Tux was 22 years old and extremely sweet - were living in her car until she was broadsided by a truck - not her fault. She said she would rent my apt where the cats were staying and moved in. Long story short: she received her settlement check from the accident on May 1 and told me to meet her at the apt on May 2 when she would pay me SOMETHING for the past 4 months of rent. I went there and the apt was completely empty. Gone. She and her cats had been there since the week before xmas and I was out over 4 months of rental income and facing foreclosure on the property.  Last week I received the water bill for the last month she was there --- $2830.  Yes, a one-month water bill for $2830.  I do not know what she did, but I am facing a huge financial disaster because I enabled this woman to keep her beloved 5 cats. I am beside myself with anger and grief at the state of humanity. DO NOT TAKE ANY OTHER PERSONS ANIMALS FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME WITHOUT A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT IN PLACE!  THERE ARE SOME REALLY CRAPPY PEOPLE OUT THERE!

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