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Columns : Gina Spadafori, 12 Oct 2002 [cached]
June 8, 2003 -- from Janice Thom: I imagine like in everything else in life, some rescues are too picky and some not nearly picky enough.
There was an older couple in our area that did rescue for a smaller breed.Just her and her husband.She wouldn't adopt to a home with a smoker in it or to an apartment, no exceptions.She was too picky and too reluctant to place her dogs.
She had about 30-40 dogs at her house.She would complain that she never got to go anywhere because of all the work and there was no one to care for the dogs.I had a good home for one of them, fenced yard, nonsmoking retired couple, my vets parents.I'd been to the house an knew them well.She wouldn't take my word for the home visit and didn't feel like she had time for the hour plus drive to their home.
(Gina's note: Janice is with Kansas City Doberman Rescue.)
Kansas City Star | 08/06/2002 | Foster care prepares abandoned or abused animals for new homes, 10 Aug 2002 [cached]
In nine years of providing foster care for dogs, Janice Thom and her husband have cared for about 200 Doberman pinschers.She seems to remember the story behind every one.
As Thom flipped through a scrapbook of dogs they've taken in, she showed pictures with labels like "Hans, found in snow bank along I-35."Another Doberman, Mel, was discovered guarding his owner's dead body.Troy, who still lives with the Thoms, was rescued from a puppy mill.
"They all have a sad story," said Thom, who is president of Kansas City Doberman Rescue.
People who take in lost or abandoned or mistreated pets work to turn those sad stories into happier ones, keeping dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals in their homes for weeks, sometimes months.They try to teach occasionally wayward animals to be sociable and give them veterinary care and affection.
Then comes the bittersweet moment when the animal they've cared for goes to a permanent home.
Groups like the Thoms' Doberman Rescue, funded mostly through donations, organize the process: They screen volunteers to be foster-owners, place animals in foster homes that suit them and then find adoptive owners.
"Without the foster homes, more dogs would die," Thom said."You wouldn't have such successful adoptions."
Volunteers say they don't look at the extra company as a burden.
"You don't want one dog with a temperament problem to spoil it for thousands of others," Thom said.
Most rescue organizations require potential foster homes to complete a stringent application process.
"We learned the hard way you have to be careful" about who fosters animals, Thom said.
Thom estimated that for every 10 applicants to be a Doberman Rescue volunteer, only one is chosen.
The adoption process for a potential owner is usually lengthy, with many questions about previous pets, their living space and plans for the new pet.
Eventually the time comes for a foster owner to give up a pet that they have kept for several weeks or months -- or in the case of the Thoms' foster dog, Troy, two years.
Volunteers have mixed feelings about the event.Some feel like they are losing a pet of their own, but they also know it is best for the animal.
"It's always hard to give them up, but we know they're going to a home where they don't have to share their mom and dad," Thom said.
Doberman Rescue - Kansas, 4 April 2006 [cached]
Janice Thom - President KC Doberman Rescue, Inc.P.O. Box 681166, Riverside, MO 64168 816-587-9212
COPE - Official Doberman Rescue Directory, 17 April 2000 [cached]
Janice Thom - President
Kansas_City Doberman Rescue , Inc3620 NW 50TH ST , Riverside , MO , 64150816-587-9212dobe4u@juno.comUpdated 8/00Wichita
Janice Thom - President
Kansas_City Doberman Rescue , Inc3620 NW 50TH ST , Riverside , MO , 64150816-587-9212dobe4u@juno.comUpdated 8/00
COPE - Official Doberman Rescue Directory, 31 Mar 2001 [cached]
Janice Thom - President
Kansas City Doberman Rescue, Inc. P.O. Box 681166, Riverside, MO 64168 816-587-9212
Janice Thom - President
Kansas City Doberman Rescue, Inc. P.O. Box 681166, Riverside, MO 64168 816-587-9212
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