We are so grateful to everyone who stepped up to foster one of the dogs or puppies who tested positive for distemper and needed immediate foster placement. Because of you, we exceeded our goal of finding 20 fosters and more than 150 people signed up to help, so we’re able to save even more lives than we imagined!
“I hadn't planned to take on another foster for a few months, but this was too extreme of a situation to ignore. Goofy is an extremely cute dog, so I hope he will get adopted quickly,” said Cassie Swayze, one of the Austin fosters who answered APA!’s call. “Since the pandemic, APA! has made fostering super easy because you can do everything online! They also have a huge shed with tons of supplies like leashes, toys, beds, and crates.”
Goofy in his foster home with Cassie.
Gary in his foster home.
Another Austin resident who volunteered to foster one of the dogs recovering from distemper is Sierra Gonzales. She is fostering Gary and said, “I sleep better at night, knowing that I helped save his life. Gary is so playful and I like him so much.”
We would like to extend a huge shout-out to our local media partners who helped us get the word out immediately to as many people as possible, and special thanks to our colleagues at Bastrop Animal Services for working alongside us to get these dogs to safety. While this situation could have turned out very differently without the mutual collaboration of our two organizations, the compassionate team at Bastrop got to work to get them into foster homes and save their lives. We’re all in this together and we are so grateful for our partnership with them.