While it is difficult to always tell because of the negative stories portrayed in the media, there are actually some very fine people in this world that are attempting to make life better for everyone around them. Whether that betterment is for humans or animals or both, betterment it is.
Take for instance the Blessed Bonds program offered through A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville, Illinois. Their goal is to keep people and pets together. If a family experiences a crisis and feels that they cannot take care of their beloved pet any longer, Blessed Bonds steps in to care for the pet until which time the family or individual is back on their feet again and can once again take care of the pet they love so dearly.
The program works like this: When a experiences a personal crisis such as illness, hospitalization, rehab, domestic violence, foreclosure or eviction and they do not want to give up their pets, Blessed Bonds explores options for short-term foster care. Pets are reunited with their family once the family is able to care for them again. ALL AT NO COST TO THE FAMILY!
This program provides options that not only help the family keep their pet, but they also know that their pet is safe and sound. No one will call their pet their own but them!
Then, just today, there was another story published about an elderly woman that was able to be reunited with her beloved Shih Tzu. After having taken a fall while walking her dog, one family member thought it best to get rid of the dog, thus eliminating the opportunity for a repeat performance. But if that individual had thought long and hard about their decision, they may have actually looked into alternatives before stripping the woman of her everyday loving companion. Sometimes the loss of a furry friend is taken harder than the loss of a human friend simply because pets give unconditional love at all times; something human beings often forget about.
Thanks to the Fur-Ever Fosters program initiated by Niles, Indiana resident Clare DeHaan, the elderly woman was able to get her pet back in her home for a few hours of quality time each and every day while a foster parent does the heavy lifting the other 18 or more hours each day. This way, there is still the loving bond without all of the other responsibility to deal with. What a perfect setup!
Thanks be to all of those caring individuals that make like just a little easier for pet lovers that are going through some hard times (including aging). With people creating great programs such as these, more people will feel secure in the fact that they will not have to be rid of the pet they desperately love and want to keep in their lives!