Kim & Anthony DeMauro
In the fall of 2015 our oldest son went off to college and our 2 senior dogs passed away. Our house seemed kind of empty. Fostering was something we considered from time to time but it never seemed quite right with our cranky older dogs at home. After the loss, we were not ready to commit to a new dog but fostering seemed like something we could do. We filled out the foster application thinking it was something we would do in the future if they needed us. Exactly 1/2 an hour later they notified us that they had dogs that needed fostering at the end of the day! We went to pick up our first fosters and we never looked back. It has been so rewarding for us! It's so rewarding when each of our fosters find a good family match and their lives are transformed!
I was thinking of adopting a second dog and fostering a litter was the perfect way for him to pick out his new best friend. It felt so good to help the puppies that I kept fostering after adopting scarlet. It also helps to have a playmate to get her puppy energy out!
I started volunteering with this rescue in August of 2013 when I was 13 years old. I had recently adopted my first dog and quickly became intrigued by the rescue life. After meeting Christina and Jennifer I immediately knew that I was in the right place. Since then I've fostered many puppies/adults and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience for myself and my family. Yes I have grown attached to certain dogs but learning where they came from to now living in homes with families that will forever love them is what brings me comfort to see them leave to go live their new and improved lives. Each foster is a new experience and each foster will always have a special place in my heart. This rescue is in itself, the best rescue out there. The amount of lives I've seen changed because of what this group does amazes me every time. I've learned so much from Jen and Christina like the little things of how to identify a dogs behavior to what medicines will help the dogs symptoms. In the future I see myself still with this rescue and still changing lives one foster at a time.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been passionate about animals. For many years, I volunteered at the local animal shelter before fate brought me to Animal Rescue “R” Us. Coming into the rescue, I was immediately impressed by the care, compassion, and love that was given to each rescue animal. The adoption events were well-organized and successful, which allowed many animals to find their forever homes quickly. Eventually, I started fostering for the group—taking on mistreated and misguided medium to large breed adult dogs. After a few months, my interest shifted to small-breed seniors. While they are harder to adopt out, watching a senior get a second chance is truly what rescue is all about. I’m extremely grateful to be able to witness these little miracles and thankful to be a part of the Animal Rescue “R” Us family.