I have always been a firm believer in the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” motto. The two family dogs we have had were both rescues: the first from the Kearney Area Animal Shelter and the second from Hands of Hope Rescue.
My family welcomed Bear, our second family dog, into our home on Halloween 2015. He is a lover who will never be capable of scaring away any intruder, and he befriends anyone and everyone he meets. I may be a little biased, but he’s also the cutest.
We found Bear through a non-profit organization called Hands of Hope Rescue, which is in Kansas. Instead of having a facility in which they keep their animals, Hands of Hope is based entirely off of foster families. Through their Facebook page, anyone can see the dogs that they rescue, which are oftentimes from high kill shelters. They also take in strays and surrendered dogs. After a dog has been in a foster home for a while, Hands of Hope can post a more personalized description of the dog, their personality, and what kind of home they would be most comfortable in, rather than having people choose their family pet just based off of breed and physical appearance.
This organizations saves many dogs, and they are in constant need of fosters and “furever” homes. People can fill out adoption forms right from the Facebook page, and while the adoption process can be long and demanding (usually including a home visit), it’s only to make sure that each dog is placed in a safe, loving home that will benefit the dog and family alike.
I follow this organization even though I won’t be able to adopt another dog any time soon. Hands of Hope, along with other similar organizations, can be a gentle reminder that there are so many animals out there that can use our help. Maybe we should consider addressing those animals before calling up the purebred breeder or stopping by the downtown pet store to look at puppies.