It takes a very special person to be able to rescue a dog. Then to foster it, making yourself vulnerable, getting attached and then put it up for adoption. I’ve heard it said that though fostering is heartbreaking, it’s better than letting dogs die without that second chance.
Candace Miller is one of those special people who put aside her own feelings of emotional attachment to help dogs in need. Miller has fostered over 100 dogs ranging in ages from puppies to Seniors. She takes them in when they desperately need someone to care for and love them.
One of the youngest dogs she’s fostered is a pup named Penny. Penny was rejected by her young mother. The other puppies in Penny’s litter died. Miller acquired Penny when her eyes and ears were still shut at the tender age of 3 days old. Miller bottle fed Penny, provided a heating pad. She also enlisted the help of her other rescue dogs to help in the nurturing of Penny.
Penny thrived in Candace’s care. It did not take long for her to realize that this special puppy was to have a permanent home with her and her 5 other rescue dogs. All of the dogs that live with Miller have a unique story. None would be here today without being given a second chance at a forever home.
Miller would like to encourage people to check out their local shelters when looking for a pet. She wants to remind people that shelters are a stressful place for dogs. The animal you see is not necessarily how the animal will act when it gets home and has time to adjust. “A lot of people think that because you get a dog that has been in a bad situation, it’s ruined,” Miller explained. “The dog you see in the shelter is not necessarily by any means the dog you’re gonna have in two to three weeks after you get that dog home.”
Miller knows first hand about the love that shelter dogs can give to the person who provides them a forever home.
“They are the most incredible dogs, and they know that they were saved. There is something special about adopting a shelter pet.” Miller said.
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