Please read the following letter and tell me if it sounds good. DH and I need to let the animal rescue agency we are volunteering with that we no longer can handle the commute.
Just over a year ago, we were introduced to "Missy" by a neighbor, who we learned was a foster dog who was
recently rescued by Rosa's Rescue. We were thinking about adopting a second dog for some time
and the idea of fostering sounded safer than adopting a dog outright. We saw fostering as a
tentative adoption that would give us time to see if the fostered dog would be a good fit for us
in the long run. So, when we learned Missy was available to foster, we decided to take the
We soon understood that for Missy's sake, we needed to keep open the possibility that someone
else might want to adopt her before we made up our minds about her. So, we began to driver her
to the adoption events at the Florence Petsmart twice a month. It was an interesting experience
for us. We had volunteered at an animal shelter before, but the idea of taking the pets to the
people was new to us. We could see that we were carrying out an important service for Missy
and the other rescused animals. Nevertheless, the commitment had its challenges.
First off, Missy was very bit boisterous during her visits to Petsmart. She would bark loudly, as
beagles have a tendency to do, at almost every dog within her sight. We tried putting her in a
crate and covering it, but that kept prospective adopters from seeing what a really great dog she
was. Needless to say, our early efforts at getting Missy adopted were a bit stressful. We got a lot
of great advice on how to work with her to get her to behave better. We worked at our own slow
pace. Her behavior at our home improved gradually, but the commotion at the Petsmart store
proved to be too distracting for us and Missy. We eventually came to the conclusion that no
prospective adopter would ever get to know her the way we already did at our home and with
our dog, Kirby, and we were not going to let her get away from us. So, we adopted her.
Another challenge for us was commuting. We didn't question it too much when we were driving
Missy back and forth from our home in Anderson Township to Florence. it was where the
adoption events took place. That was her best chance at getting adopted. After we adopted her,
we transported other rescued cats and dogs out to Petsmart. This added even
more to our commute, especially when also picking up and returning the cats/dogs to their foster homes. But we came to understand that, as with Missy, this was our best chance
at getting these pets adopted. It makes sense to take them where the most people are going to see
them. People who most likely already have cats and/or dogs, or people who have been working
up the gumption to take the plunge like we did with Missy. Since there are no big Petsmart-like
stores in southern Campbell County, Florence seemed like the best option.
We came to realize that the commute in and of itself was becoming very difficult for us, because
it became a full day of traveling. Even once a month was a lot for us. So, we had tried to figure
out different ways to make the commute easier, including trying to only have to transport one
way. We readily volunteered at K&M, since that was less commuting for us and we normally didn't have to transport cats/dogs to and from there.
We have come to the conclusion that as much as we want to help the dogs and cats find
forever homes, we are not able to handle all the commuting that is required. Therefore, we
regretfully must terminate our volunteering with Rosa's Rescue.
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