Foster families. They are the center, the heart, of rescue. We can’t do anything without their caring, commitment and undying support. No dog can come into rescue if we don’t have a place to keep them, and our foster families open up their doors again and again to make sure we can keep saying “yes!’ to dogs who need us.
And fostering is incredibly rewarding to the people who care for, and grow to love, the dogs that pass through rescue. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked fosters “What makes your foster dog love-a-bull?” and they told us what they love about the dog they currently have in their home. You’ve seen these posted on Facebook all month, but here they are again, all in one place, for a powerful look at why fostering is so important both to rescue, and to the families who take dogs in as their own.
We 💖 Jeff & Alexa
What makes Remi love-a-bull?
When we get home, she’s so excited, that she’ll even help you untie your shoes! She gets really excited for treats that her tail will go so fast and she can’t contain how happy she is.
Her floppy ears have a mind of their own. Depending on her mood, they’ll drastically change how they are positioned.
Remi is the perfect size, petite but muscular and she is beyond beautiful!
We 💖 Kristina (& Stewart)
What makes Stella love-a-bull?
Stella is the ultimate super sweet and cuddly pup. She always wants to be around us, she’ll get up from any nap just to follow us to the next room.
She loves snuggling up next to her foster brother or her humans in the middle of the night.
She loves attention and being touched. She expects constant belly rubs if you’re nearby or she’ll put her head under your hand so you can pet her.
She is a professional fetch player. She will find a ball or toy, drop it off for you and bring it back every single time. She won’t stop until you do.
She prefers to lay on top of us, not next to us.
She vocally tells us how she feels. When she needs to go outside she barks really softly and runs to the back door and she shows her excitement for walks and food with loud whimpering.
When you ask her if she’s ready for bed, she gets up from whatever she’s doing and walks to the bedroom and waits for someone to help her onto the bed or open the kennel door for her.
She gets herself comfortable in her kennel as soon as she sees us putting our coats on to leave. No need to ask her, she is just such a good girl!
We 💖 Jill & Ciara
What makes Syrtia so love-a-bull?
Her gray muzzle and beauty marks, which give her character, make her look more distinguished and wise, and command respect.
The way she grunts as she makes a nest in her blankets.
She loves to cuddle and will cuddle with the cats, the dogs as well as her humans.
Being greeted at the door with a wiggly butt and ball in her mouth.
Her gentle demeanor, and big pittie smile.
The way she uses her big pittie head to gently push up against you and tell you she wants some love and pets.
Her high fives, paw shakes, and other moves she uses to impress you in order to get some treats.
The way her butt wiggles and her eyes light up when she plays ball and will bring her ball back to you to throw again and again.
She’s an easygoing dog and is already potty trained, knows basic obedience commands and walks great on a leash.
She loves to ride in the car and is a great car rider.
She loves everyone and gives great kisses.
Despite her age, she still has lots of energy and lots of love to give.
Overall, she is just the best elderbull in the whole world!
We 💖 Tammy & Jillian
What makes Beaux love-a-bull?
Beaux has the sweetest face that you just can’t help falling in love with.
We also love that Beaux is an amazing cuddler!
Everyday when we get home, Beaux is ready and waiting to greet us with the best wiggle dance you have ever seen!
Even though he came to rescue with some leg issues, he doesn’t let that get in his way! Beaux is just a happy-go-lucky puppy.
We LOVE his kisses!
Beaux has the happiest personality that can brighten any mood. You just can’t help but smile when you are around this little guy!
We 💖 Ricardo
What makes Peetie love-a-bull?
Peetie is a complete and total ham. He has a very playful personality and a huge handsome smile. He’s intensely curious about the world and will keep you company while you work around the house.
He’s an energetic dog who loves to play fetch, go on runs or long walks and wrestle with his rope toy, but he is equally lazy and snuggly at home. His new favorite thing is to lie for hours on the recliner and watch very quietly from the window as people and cars go by. When he’s not in the recliner, Peetie likes to snuggle with resident dog, Sheba, too.
His affection is universal!
Peetie has been with us since August and his transformation has been incredible. He’s become quite comfortable and relaxed in a home setting with consistently-enforced boundaries and expectations. He used to be very insecure, following me from room to room and crying if he wasn’t in the same room. Now, he’ll take long naps in the living room while you roam about the house, and he’ll enter and stay in his crate quietly when you leave for work or extended periods.
We 💖 Cassie
What makes Jezebel love-a-bull?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
The first thing you want when I get home is a scratch.
You are “outspoken” and spunky.
When I get up in the morning you don’t let me, you lick my face and snuggle in for an extra five minutes before you will let me get out of bed.
You play so well with the kitty cat.
Every dog you meet in a normal environment you get along with.
You love little kids.
You are always a work in progress like me.
You love love love food.
I didn’t have to teach you to fetch you just knew.
You love to be outside.
You are a Class A snuggler.
You love to jump in the bathtub.
You will be so hard to let go when you find your forever family!
We 💖 Lori (& Peter)
What makes Perdy love-a-bull?
Perdy is “love-a-bull” because she was the underdog. The one who found herself pregnant in a shelter with a euthanize date.
We brought Perdy into our home and she fit in perfect with all of our dogs immediately. We have a very diverse pack including a dominant female queen of the house. Even our queen bee shared with and befriended the beautiful Perdy.
She is a loving family pet who almost didn’t get the chance to shine.
Since having her babies, Perdy has gone from being a wonderful momma dog back to the joys of being a happy-go-lucky dog. She loves to play with her toys, run with the dogs and just be the sweet love-a-ble girl she is.
Perdy is the perfect Valentine’s sweetheart!
We 💖 the Farrelly Family
What makes Hallie love-a-bull?
Little human Maddie:
She is so big and snuggly, I love my buffalo!
Little human Leighton:
Eye, ear, nose. (We think she’s beautiful too, Leighton!)
Foster Mom, Nicole:
I love how much she loves Leighton and Maddie. She gets very excited to wake them up each morning. There are times that she is impatient and will bop Maddie’s bedroom door open with her huge melon because I am not moving quick enough for her.
I love when she gets excited about something and flips on her back squirming on the floor with an upside down smile.
I love that she has presence, she sounds like a heard of elephants coming down the hall!
Foster Dad, Desmond:
I love that it doesn’t matter where she is in the house, if I sit down on the couch she is immediately next to me. Then she will proceed to nuzzle behind me, pushing me to the edge of the couch. If I change couches to give her more room, she does it again. She loves to be with her humans.
I love that she will find blankets and burrow in them snorting and rolling around like a boar.
We all love how much Hallie likes to make us happy; she likes to please her people and loves praise.
We 💖 Jolene & Steve
What makes Alex love-a-bull?
Alex loves to argue and stand his ground. You tell him to stop bugging his foster siblings, drop a toy or come to you when he feels he doesn’t need to listen and he will just talk right back to you, similar to your typical teenager. (Trust me, this is hilarious)
Alex is a major cuddler and loves to snuggle up on the couch and watch TV with us.
Boy does Alex love to give kisses. He knows he was saved from the streets of Indiana and shows his appreciation daily.
To think about the condition he arrived in, patchy fur and sickly looking, to healthy young man with a beautiful coat of fur has really made our hearts soar.
When Alex arrived he acted as if he had never experienced the joys of having a toy to play with. The experience of finding Alex a toy he connected with was such a rewarding experience. Now, he loves all toys!
Alex also acted as if he had never heard the word “treat” before. Trust me, this is no longer a hidden mystery to him!
We 💖 Jeanette
Roscoe has been adopted! But what did you love about fostering him?
He wakes me up by crawling over the bed and putting his paws and chin on my face.
He is very smart and loves mastering new tricks and training.
He tries to sneak more food when I’m not looking and has fallen into his food bin more than once.
He has a weird obsession with underwear.. LOL
He soothes himself with mouth nibbles on me or his doggie foster brother, especially when he’s tired and wants to sleep.
He loves meeting new people and is friendly to everyone!
He is quite good at fetch and is starting to be coordinated enough to catch the ball in air.
He snorts when sniffing the ground like Pumba from the Lion King.
He really loves to cuddle and he’s not too big to be a lap dog.
We 💖 Ashley, David & Lane
What makes Tina love-a-bull?
Tina has an amazing smile that brings our family so much joy! She loves to snuggle and every morning greets me with a great snuggle sesh.
She is a very happy dog and has a great head tilt. When she hears noises on TV, she looks around and tilts her head every which way. She has a big ol’ head that is just adorable.
My nephew loves that he can play with her and cuddle her too. He said he loves her great personality.
Overall, we love Tina so much and can’t wait for her forever family to love her too!
We 💖 Danielle
What makes Kelsey love-a-bull?
Kelsey is the most beautiful dog in the world. She has stopped traffic with her gorgeous looks!
She is a low rider, seriously one of the lowest to the ground dogs you can think of!
Kelsey is a major snuggler. She can find you no matter where you are in the house. If you are down for a nap, Kelsey is in!
She snores like no ones business. We are thinking she is probably part pig because of it!
No joke, Kelsey needs negative exercise because she is seriously so lazy.
She is OBSESSED with children of all ages and all people. Kelsey is the definition of a lover.
When she gets random bursts of energy it makes me laugh so hard!
Her one blue eye is to die for!
We 💖 Lorelei
Foster manager Lorelei and the Lion King litter.
Save-a-Bull’s foster manager, Lorelei, is the glue that holds our foster program together. Not only does she take dogs into her home, she offers coordination, mentorship and support to the dozens of families that currently foster for the organization. If you’ve ever considered fostering a dog, Lorelei would like you to share the following insight with you:
We need you! Why foster?
Flexible, forgiving, family, future.
We all know the high-level reasons why you should become a Save-a-Bull foster home. Fostering keeps pit bulls out of shelters. It also frees up more space in shelters for incoming dogs and minimizes euthanasia rates. You are literally saving a life.
But did you know that fostering increases the chance of a dog getting adopted and prevents the chance of a dog being returned to a shelter environment? While in foster care, dogs learn appropriate socialization skills with humans and other animals. They experience all the things we take for granted (i.e. TV, noises from cooking, car rides, a regular schedule, baths, weather including snow and rain, couch snuggles, post person delivering mail, etc). You help them develop the skills needed to become a perfect companion animal and fit into a perfect forever home.
But, fostering is so much more!
Fostering is flexible.
There are no rules that you have to have a dog in your home at all times. You can foster a couple times a year, all the time, or temp foster on the weekends. You choose what age dog is best for your life style – puppies, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. We have them all, and thanks to our intake/matchmaking team, we can search out and find any kind of dog you may want to foster.
Fostering is forgiving.
You don’t have to be a perfect person, have a giant house or large yard. You can live in an apartment, work full time and go out on weekends. All that truly matters is that you have the ability to give time and love to a dog – that will love you in return. Many of our dogs come with sad stories but the compassion and care you show to your foster will change their lives forever. Pit bulls are all about instant forgiveness. If you mess up by putting the gentle leader on wrong, miss a meal or don’t open the door in time for a potty break, they will forgive you and move on. Lesson learned.
Fostering is about family and fun.
Fostering is a family adventure; everyone engaged in the common purpose of caring for the dog. Children of all ages can participate in family walks, responsibility of feeding times, poop pick up and discovering that through volunteering they can personally make a difference in the world. Entire families are welcome to spend time together at adoption events and Save-a-Bull gatherings.
When you become a foster with Save-a-Bull you join our family. Fosters, mentors, volunteers and leadership all join together in the mission of rescuing pit bulls from homelessness, neglect, injury and abuse. While rescue can sometimes be hard work, the Save-a-Bull community often comes together to celebrate each other and our pups.
Fostering is our future and foundation.
Foster homes are the heartbeat of Save-a-Bull. Without homes we would not be able to save lives and find adopters the perfect family pet. Foster homes also help groom good dogs that go out into the community to act as advocates for the breed. Dogs and volunteers as positive role models help build awareness and support of Save-a-Bull and increase our reach to help the dogs that would be lost without our help.
Fostering is about growing the size of your heart, about the unselfish act of loving and letting go. In the short term you are immediately saving a life. But in the long run you have no idea how fostering can fulfill and change your life until you give it a try!
Join this group of incredibly special people who open their homes and their hearts to a dog that deserves a second chance.
If you would like to help us save even more dogs, apply to foster with Save-a-Bull Rescue. You provide the love, we provide everything else.
Meet Gunnar and Sigmund. Both these boys came to rescue as strays, picked up by animal control and who’s owners never came for them. And they both suffered from severe cases of mange. Mange is a condition where mites live in and burrow through the skin of a dog. Severe hair loss, scabbing and infections are painful and if left untreated can compromise the dog’s immune system and even lead to death.
Mange is a difficult issue to treat, but the outcome is generally very good given enough time and diligent TLC. Save-a-Bull volunteers are some of the most dedicated people you’ll ever meet and will never hesitate to take in and help one of these dogs.
So what does it take to treat mange? It takes only two small doses of Bravecto, which is the easy part. It also takes daily medicated baths where the shampoo has to sit on a wet, wiggly puppy for at least 10 minutes. It takes coconut oil rub-downs every single day to keep the scabs from drying and tearing the skin. And lots and lots of laundry – not only to keep the dogs bedding and area clean, but because these mange dogs smell terrible! Their skins is oozing and pussing as it tries to heal and they feel most comfortable wrapped in a tshirt or coat that needs to be changed multiple times a day.
Who wouldn’t want a mange puppy?!?!
But our volunteers take in and care for these dogs over and over and the result, as they come back to healthy, happy dogs, is amazing – as these before and after photos will prove.
This year, we took in Gunnar and Sigmund, as well as Dexter, Newton, Indy, Penelope, Julio, Matilda, Knox and Leila and watched them all bloom into beautiful bully butterflies who were ready to start the next chapter of their lives without a worry in the world!
Thanks to you, Save-a-Bull has had the opportunity to rescue and rehome a lot of deserving dogs this year. But that’s not enough! Supporting spay and neuter assistance programs for our community will promote responsible dog ownership and breed advocacy which is an important part of the work we’re trying to do every day. Donate today and be a part of our Fix Your Pit program!