Foster Care Gets Even More Personal

Foster Care Gets Even More Personal

The past couple weeks have been hard ones for two dogs in rescue – and for their foster families.

Spiral, a 14 week old puppy recently underwent surgery to amputate a deformed front leg, and Ravioli, who’s been in rescue for over a year, fell ill to an ongoing neurological issue/injury. Both dogs are getting all the care they need thanks to Save-a-Bull’s ability to pay for surgery, MRI’s, exams, medications and more.

The foster’s for these dogs have already gone above and beyond to get them to appointments, keep up complicated schedules of medication, and attend to their recovery in their homes. In addition to that, they’ve both set up personal fundraisers on Facebook to try and raise money to recoup some of the expenses the rescue is paying out for their treatments.

Lorelei Noire, Save-a-Bull Foster Manager, and her husband Ian, SAB Vetting Manager and board member, are caring for Spiral. When Spiral arrived in rescue we knew her leg would need to be amputated, but she also needed some TLC to gain weight and get healthy before hand. Ian and Lorelei took care of Spiral and got her ready for the big day. Now post-surgery they are helping her recover and adjust to her new life as a tripod. You can read her story and donate to her fundraiser here:

Nan Hildebrandt, Save-a-Bull Marketing Manager and board member, and her husband Todd, SAB Brewery Tour Manager, have been fostering Ravioli for more than a year. A young dog with crazy high energy, Ravioli has been a non-stop challenge to keep up with until he suddenly presented with all-over body pain and loss of energy. Nan and Todd have taken Ravioli to multiple late-night emergency vet visits looking for answers and are working day and night to keep him comfortable while he stays on four weeks of strict kennel rest. Read more about Ravioli’s condition and donate to his care here:



Save-a-Bull is fortunate to be stable enough to cover the medical costs of illness and surgeries, both planned and surprised. But as the money for care goes out, it has to come back in so we’re ready for the next dog who needs us. We are so very grateful for foster families like these that go above and beyond the physical care of our dogs, but also help us address the financial needs as well.

If you want to help, please consider a donation to either Spiral or Ravioli’s medical expense fund, or with an overall donation to Save-a-Bull Rescue. Every dollar counts and no amount is too small!

Everything we do for these dogs is possible because of the support of our community. Together we’re able to make a difference in these lives and in countless others to come! Thank you for your support and for sharing our passion.

Are you compassionate and caring and interested in being a part of our foster network? We promise not all cases are this hard! We’re looking for loving families to care for puppies and dogs who are waiting to find their forever homes. We’ll provide everything you need and you’ll be paid in puppy kisses and gratitude. Click here to find out more then fill out a foster application to get the process started.

Meet Dawn Stolee

Meet Dawn Stolee

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I foster puppies. One day I hope to successfully fail and keep one (or 17…?!)

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I started following Save-a-Bull around at adoption events for a bit, but just started fostering puppies in September.

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I happened upon some Save-a-Bull folks at a table at some random event. I had gotten a pit bull earlier that year and wasn’t aware of all the judgement and hatred surrounding pit bulls. So many people from family to strangers felt compelled to “voice their concerns” about pits. People even let me know that they thought all pits–which would include mine, sitting sweetly at my side–should die. Save-a-Bull had info about pit bulls, and I appreciated it being succinct and something I could show to people.

Fast forward a year or so and my friend and I wanted to go see puppies. So we went to a Save-a-Bull adoption event. And then a couple more. Somebody talked about fostering, and specifically about fostering puppies. We moved to a place where we could foster, and now I’m four puppies in and I love it.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Getting to see and be a part of the development and growth of puppies. And getting to help them explore the world and try new things. Like it hadn’t occurred to me before that they have to both learn how–and then get the courage to try–to go up and down stairs! Or discover that they like to lick things. Or try to figure out what snow is. It’s so cool to see them experience the world for the first time.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
Naomi Girlfriend, the aforementioned pit bull. She has changed my life in so many ways, one of which has been an urge to champion pitties. She is the best dog ever. She definitely isn’t for everyone, but she is the best dog ever for me. I feel like she is a matching puzzle piece to me. Having the foster puppies coming in and out is awesome. And, I’m so thankful that Naomi Girlfriend is the one that doesn’t ever go.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
Investing in “at-risk” youth. Dog training. Photography. I’m a homebody so I love a night with dogs and a movie. Write. Build stuff. My interests are kinda random.

Meet Michele Cottle

Meet Michele Cottle

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I am a temp foster quickly turned regular foster. I also very much enjoy separating unsuspecting people from their money at events in exchange for merch and raffle tickets 🙂

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
Less than a year. I started in the spring of 2017.

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
My previous resident dog was a former foster of (exec director) Lori and that’s how we met. After he passed I said that when the time came I was going to let her know and she could play matchmaker for me since she knows I like the quirky, kinda broken dogs; especially the grumpy old men! I was missing the presence of a dog before I was ready for a new forever dog (I’m still not ready) and temp fostering seemed to be a good plan so I reached out to Lori. I reach out to her for everything whether she likes it or not because really, this is all her fault and I have zero regrets 🙂

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Rewarding/heartbreaking would be watching my first foster, whom I not so secretly fell instantly in love with, drive off with his new family. I can’t wait to do it again and again and I will cry every time.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I do not currently have any forever dogs and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I kind of like being available to take in a dog who might prefer being the only dog.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
When I’m not working for a major grocery retailer I am helping people feel and therefore look their most beautiful. I’m known to my clients as the makeup lady who is obsessed with tacos and pit bulls. I do alterations and costuming, ride motorcycles, and absolutely love hanging out with my son and my other half. They are super supportive of my crazy dog rescue endeavors and are always willing to love on our 4-legged house guests.

Meet Dana McCormick

Meet Dana McCormick

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
As a foster home, at events slangin’ merch, as a temporary foster, picking up dog food donations and driving dogs to vet appointments or tv shows! Oh, and washing poo off puppies from transport.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
Spring of 2013

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer
I Googled “pit bull rescues in the twin cities” when a friend of mine was looking to adopt a pit bull puppy. I met my first pit bull in 1995 and was immediately hooked by their amazing personalities and adoring behavior. I have had 1-3 of my own pitties plus fosters ever since. When I could afford it, I fostered on my own for 10 years. I began fostering for Save-A-Bull when financial changes left me needing help with foster dog veterinary care and supplies.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Rehabilitating dogs and seeing them find amazing homes.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I’m currently owned by one dog, Loki, adopted from Save-A-Bull a year ago. I usually have a couple of fosters as well. I enjoy fostering seniors and dogs that have medical or behavioral challenges they need help to overcome.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I own my own pet sitting business, Dog House Pet Care, and have worked as a graphic designer, and in veterinary clinics. I love to travel outside of the U.S., hike with my dogs, go horseback riding, rescue dogs with good friends, pretty much anything involving animals and nature.

Meet Allie Baer

Meet Allie Baer

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
Besides fostering, I am also a Content Coordinator. I’m in charge of “New to Rescue” posts on Facebook and make sure each available dog has a bio and pictures on the website.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I fostered my first pup in April 2017, so I have only been with Save-a-Bull a few months!

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I work with another volunteer, Mackenzie Miller, and she forced me to volunteer, Just kidding!  I will say, Mackenzie’s passion for rescue is contagious. It wasn’t long after meeting her that I was asking how I could get involved. I tagged along on a transport pick-up this spring and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Seeing my foster pups thrive in their forever homes. It feels amazing knowing that I was a part of their happily ever after.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I don’t have a dog of my own but I do have a cat that fetches… if that counts?

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am a Category Management Analyst at a retail representative firm in Minneapolis. I work with L’Oreal Paris and Target corporate on several beauty categories. When I’m not working, I enjoy hanging out with my family and being outside, preferably by a pool! I also like going to the gun range and target shooting.

Meet Nicole Farrelly

Meet Nicole Farrelly

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
My family fosters

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I have been part of Save-a-Bull for a year and a half

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
One of my friends adopted through Save-a-Bull and said how great the organization was. We had just moved into a new house and were thinking of adding an additional 4 legged member to the family but were on the fence. We weren’t quite ready to add a permanent member but thought fostering would be a great alternative.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Taking a dog out of an unfortunate situation and helping them find an amazing family is the best. We have met so many amazing people and our children are getting involved in their community.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
We have a 6 yr old lab mix

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work for a grocery wholesaler. When not working we love to travel or spend time outdoors.