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A Weekend at Home: Foster Community Responds to Call for Help

Due to the extreme cold last week, the heating system at the Humane Rescue Alliance's New York Avenue facility was struggling to keep up. While we worked to fix the issue, our foster department mobilized in an incredible effort, reaching out to our network of fosters for help.

Needed, were short-term foster homes for the displaced dogs originally housed in our adoption kennel. Due to size, most of these dogs would not have been ‘easy’ candidates for foster placement, but our foster community responded overwhelmingly, and 23 dogs went to temporary foster homes within 24 hours of the plea!

Traditionally, these short-term fosters run as part of HRA's "In Real Life" foster program, which focuses on learning more about the population of dogs over 40 pounds through a short 2-3 day stay in a foster home. 

Not only was our immediate need for placement met, but our team now has additional insight about what these dogs are like in a home environment, helping our adoptions staff make the best possible match for animal and family. For example, three-year-old Sophie's foster learned that she's a sucker for cuddles. She reports, "Sophie loves cuddling and is 100 percent a lap dog—so expect to lose use of a hand if you ever sit down." 

Pogo, who has been with HRA since early November, made quite an impression on his foster. She says, “We spend so much time snuggling and I just look at him and can’t believe he hasn’t been adopted yet!” He’s even made friends with their resident dog, Amy. Other dogs have used this time to catch up on their sleep; others have spent their time sightseeing around DC. No matter what they’re doing, these dogs prove that there’s no place like home. 

To learn more about HRA's foster program, visit humanerescuealliance.org/foster.


Meet Some of our Adoptables Below!


"I love Caesar. He is a very very easy dog, and can be extremely cuddly. He loves to sleep in bed with his human, RIGHT next to them."


"His family is going to be so lucky to have this big, sweet boy in their home!"


"Ava craves human contact. She's a great spooner and loves to follow you around the house."


"She LOVES mirrors! She always wanted to sit in the corner near my standing mirror and stopped by the glass exteriors of reflective buildings on our walks."


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