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Nonprofit Series: Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program Helps Those Who Need it Most

In 2014, Trupanion members donated over $104,000 to nonprofit animal welfare organizations across the United States and Canada. We’re now asking you to vote for the next nonprofits we should support. Vote through the online poll at Trupanion.com/trugiving. Voting ends May 14, 2015.

Speaking of Dogs LogoSpeaking of Dogs Rescue Program is a Toronto-based registered non-profit, volunteer-based dog rescue that has been operational since 2001. They are dedicated to assisting dogs from shelters, puppy mills, veterinary clinics and owner abandonments.

We asked Speaking of Dogs’ founder, Lorraine Houston, how extra funding from our members would help benefit Speaking of Dogs and all of the work they do. Below is what she had to say.

“Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program is focused on ending cruelty, abandonment and homelessness of man’s best friend. In pursuit of this goal we are dedicated to:

  • Finding permanent homes for dogs in need with responsible, caring and compassionate people and providing post-adoption support
  • Providing dogs with loving foster homes, medical care and, when needed, behavior modification training, until a permanent home can be found
  • Fundraising to help cover rescue related costs such as spay/neuter surgeries and other medical care, the Forever in Foster program, grooming, boarding, food and supplies (such a microchips, collars, harnesses and leashes)
  • Educating and enlightening people about dogs through public events, newsletter publication and the hosting of dog training and behavior seminars

Sadly, we are seeing more and more senior dogs surrendered to animal shelters and rescues as their aging owners are unable to financially and/or physically provide adequate care or, in many cases, are being admitted to nursing facilities. Although we’d like to think that provisions have been made for a beloved dog, more often than not, no arrangements have been made and families scramble to figure out what to do with the now displaced dog.

Since its inception, Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program has had a strong focus on helping senior dogs. While we have found permanent homes for hundreds of senior dogs, it was evident that more effort was needed to help those dogs who had conditions that were treatable yet often costly and ongoing.  To address this issue, in 2010 we launched a special program called “Forever in Foster”—an avenue that offers loving homes for senior dogs who would otherwise have few options. A host of caring, experienced foster parents provide heart and home, while the rescue takes care of everything else: quality health care, food, medications, grooming, supplies and whatever else our canine companions may require.

Currently in our Forever in Foster program we are caring for a number of dogs who have come to us with advanced age, special and long-term care needs including:

-Teddy, a blind senior dog whose owner passed away. He was placed in the Forever in Foster Program and gets along very well.

Speaking of Dogs_Forever Foster Teddy1-Wally, who was left at a shelter when he didn’t get along with new dogs in the household after a divorce, he had trouble being placed and soon after, found a home through the Forever in Foster program. Sadly, he was recently diagnosed with cancer, but his foster family says he is doing well and still loves life.

Speaking of Dogs_Forever Foster Dog Wally 1-Funny Face Hank, who was physically abused and became so stressed and confused that he started biting his previous family. Hank now lives with a wonderful retired couple who have worked very hard to rebuild Hank’s faith in humanity. After two years in care, he is no longer stressed.

Speaking of Dogs_Forever Foster Dog Hank

Cancer survivors, vision and hearing impaired, heartworm positive, arthritis, diabetes and kidney condition dogs all find solace and TLC with Speaking of Dogs Rescue. We are ever-mindful of quality of life concerns and work closely with our veterinarians to monitor and treat our charges. We are deeply committed to this life-saving program and are honored and proud to offer it.  Our hope is not only to continue the program but to enhance it, and Trupanion’s member donations would support that cause.”

For more information about Speaking of Dogs, visit speakingofdogs.com.

Also, for more information about Trupanion’s Shelter Support Program to help pets in need have a happy, healthy start in their new forever homes visit Trupanion.com/shelter.

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