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Guardian Angel Basset Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Illinois, Indiana and the St. Louis, Mo. area
WHY WE FOSTER- AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO
Every day hundreds of thousands of dogs, some who were once loved, others who have never
had the opportunity to feel love, meet their end either in shelters or leave for the Bridge alone
and abandoned. Each of these precious creatures was brought into this world by an action or an
inaction of man. We can and must do better than this.
I am not foolish or idealistic enough to think we can save all of the Basset Hounds that need to
be saved. We can however make a huge difference to the ones we do. The more we save, the
greater the impact on both our beloved hounds and, I think, on the world around us.
I know fostering can be a challenge. I have seen hounds come into our home, scared, battle
scarred and with more emotional baggage than anyone deserves in a lifetime, and then I have
seen them go on to homes where they will spend their days knowing that they are loved. I can’t
save them all, but I can make a difference to the 1.
Think about this for a second. For every Foster Home we have it means 1 more can be saved.
For every Foster Home we have that takes one of the hounds in the boarding kennels we use,
that opens up one more slot. It gives us the ability to make a difference to just 1 more. Now what
if we had 10 more people agree to be foster homes? That 1 becomes 10. Over the course of a
year how many more lives will be saved and changed just because 1 person was willing to open
their heart and home to a basset who needs you?
We talk about the benefits to fostering and there are many. It is the only job that will make you
cry tears of joy and sadness at the same time. But, if I may, let’s get past us for a moment. Your
willingness to foster is literally the difference between life and death for many unwanted
Bassets. GABR is limited only by a couple of things, funds and Foster Homes. The Board of
Directors does a great job with the funds part . I have never been told “ no” when it comes to
taking care of one of my foster hounds. As good as the officers are, they can’t make people open
their doors to foster a rescued Basset.
How many hounds are out there that need us but we can’t rescue them because we have no
where to put them? 5, 50, 500? What if we reduced that number by just 1?
Today, you can make a difference to the 1. Today you can call and get signed up as a Foster
Home. Today you can give more than the gift of your time and money, you have the ability to give
the gift of life itself.
Will you be the 1?