Rescue dogs in search of quiet country living

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A GTA dog rescue is looking for foster homes in quiet rural or suburban settings, including Wellington County, where it's reached out to potential foster families through an Elora/Fergus Facebook group.

“We do have a lot of foster homes in Toronto and the surrounding area,” Fetch + Release Dog Rescue co-founder Morgan Sinclair said. “But for some of these dogs, those settings are overwhelming.”

For pups who have spent their whole lives in rural areas the noises and activity of a busy city can be unfamiliar and scary.

Because Fetch + Release is a foster-based rescue, it relies on volunteer foster homes to house dogs, while it provides food, toys, leashes and other supplies.

“As we transition them into our care, a quieter setting allows for dogs to kind of decompress and then we can find out who this dog truly is and set them up for success in their future home,” Sinclair explained.

Sinclair said Fetch + Release currently has around three dogs who are living with fosters in the city but would do better in a rural setting. Lucky Johnny, also known as Lucky, is one of them.

The two-year-old cattle dog mix was scheduled to be euthanized at a Texas shelter after being dumped in a remote area by his former owners. Through a partnership with a local rescue, Lucky found himself in Catch + Release’s care.

His current downtown Toronto fosters describe him as “a dream dog when it comes to being in the house or on adventures.” But the city bustle and high traffic areas have him on edge when he sees other dogs on leash, Sinclair said.

“Lucky is one dog who would do best in a foster who lives in a rural area like Elora/Fergus,” she explained.

Meanwhile the Guelph Humane Society (GHS) reported it doesn’t have a shortage of foster families looking for dogs, but they are seeking foster homes for kittens and bunnies.

Nathalie Thomas, GHS manager of marketing and communications said it’s too early to tell what’s caused the spike in bunnies, but an uptick in kittens is an annual occurrence this time of year.

As for older cats, for those who aren’t suited to a household environment, GHS operates a “working cat program,” which matches feline outdoor enthusiasts with barn owners in need of rodent control.

“On average, GHS sees about two cats a month looking for a barn,” Thomas said.

Because the cats best suited for barn life generally don’t do well in a shelter environment, GHS tries to limit their time at the shelter as much as possible, said Thomas.

“When we take them into our care, we are quickly looking to place them with a barn so that we aren’t putting them in a situation that stresses them out,” she said.

Thankfully the organization has a wait list of eager barns.

Alison Sandstrom, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com

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