Fetching Hope Rescue

Looking for good foster homes!

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:28AM by Amber



Foster families are life savers…literally! Fetching Hope works with the Wynne Shelter in Arkansas to place homeless dogs. Their chances of adoption are infinitely better when we can get them to Maine, and they are healthier and happier once they get out of the shelter and into a home. The transition to a permanent home is much smoother once the dog gets experience in a foster home. Our sister shelter is always full to overflowing, and every foster we bring up makes room for another dog in need. 


Foster families come in many shapes and sizes.  You may already have a dog, or maybe you just lost one and aren’t ready to adopt a new dog just yet.  Maybe you’d like your dog to have a playmate for a few weeks, or just love dogs and want to help. Whether you live alone, or have kids, cats, even chickens, we will work with you to find a foster dog who will fit in. You can also let us know if you are interested in a particular dog. Personality information, life experience and photos are always available by using the Available Dogs link on our FB page, or through our website at www.fetchinghope.com


Fostering is a great way to learn about dogs. You’ll meet cuddlers and runners, clowns and princesses, explorers and dogs that won’t leave your side.  Some will arrive at your door already knowing house manner and commands, some may need your help to learn the basics or overcome fears. An important part of your job as a foster is to see how the dog reacts in different situations, and help us figure out what kind of home will work best. Do they ride well in cars, like kids, chase cats? How do they interact with people and other dogs, and what makes them afraid or happy? Our goal is to place dogs with families who will love them for the rest of their lives. You will work with the adoption coordinator responsible for your foster. She will process applications and update Petfinder information with your help. New photos are a huge help! The goal is to make a good match for both the dog and the family, and the information we get from fosters makes all the difference in a successful adoption.


Fetching Hope foster dogs all come from our sister shelter in Arkansas.  Animal welfare laws require that dogs be healthy and up to date on vaccinations, and test negative for the tick-borne diseases and intestinal parasites before transport. In addition, our dogs are all spayed or neutered and microchipped. Topical flea and tick treatment is applied, heartworm preventative is given, and they are vaccinated against kennel cough.  The transport brings dogs to New Hampshire almost every Saturday. We have transport volunteers who pick them up and bring them to Maine to meet their foster families. Fetching Hope provides monthly doses of the heartworm preventative, and we have crates and other supplies to loan if needed. If veterinary care is needed, Fetching Hope will make arrangements and cover costs. Foster families just need to provide food and love.


I’m not going to tell you that it’s easy saying goodbye when your foster dog goes off with his new family. We encourage adopters to keep in touch, and send updates often, and it helps to see how easily they settle into their new lives. You can feel good about the fact that many of these dogs would never have found a home if you hadn’t fostered them. By taking a dog into your home, you made room for another one to be rescued, so you really saved two lives!  Please contact us about fostering for Fetching Hope. You will not only make a huge difference in a dog’s life, but your own as well!


Our Foster Coordinator is Alissa Laitres. Please email her at fosterfetchinghope@gmail.com or fill out a foster application using this link: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/FI7a3hz9RP7T4ebEw




From Wynne to Maine

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:39AM by Amber

Wynne to Maine is a journey. A journey that many puppies/dogs at “Wynne Friends of Animals” (Arkansas) undertake to find their forever homes.  This write up is dedicated to all elements that involve themselves and co-ordinate together to make it happen. I am amused to think that if I were a dog and I was supposed to take this journey then most probably I would see myself imagining the whole process as a tunnel, and at the end of which lies the happiness of meeting my family members. A moment in waiting that will make a family of humans complete with my addition. A happy union. A complete picture. A happy moment that would be captured and tucked safely in a snugly little corner of our hearts.


If I could only have a small part of this moment, what joy would it bring to my life! My wife and I have experienced it first hand and have seen so many others feeling the same. It’s been a little over a year and a half but the memory is still so fresh and vivid that I remember every detail of that ecstatic moment. Every time we pass by the “Drop off” point which happens to be very near to where I stay, I never fail to reminisce and say “This is where we got Bud”. That day was not only joyous but also very important. Our family grew that day.


I feel fortunate to be part of the one of the numerous such moments and I would like to thank and congratulate people for their selfless dedication to make it happen again and again.

Please allow me to introduce them good folks who are instrumental in generating so much good karma in this world. The ball is set rolling in a southern state of United States of America, Arkansas. In Arkansas, City of Wynne is home to an organization “Wynne Friends of Animals” that owns and operates “Wynne Animal Rescue Shelter”. If you can spare some time then please read through the website of WFOA. Like I felt, I am sure you too would feel that this is one shelter that is definitely one of its kind. It has been taking care of strays/surrendered dogs since the year 2007. It has been surviving on grants, charities, donations, love, care and kindness. It has been voted The Best Shelter in Arkansas every year since 2007 (year of inception). That is some serious feat. But they don’t stop here, they go far beyond this. They have been recognized among top 100 shelters in whole of USA. Producers from Animal Planet, and a film crew have visited them, filmed at their shelter, interviewed people there and while leaving they complimented on the cleanliness there. Another glorious feather. I guess, these are enough evidences to tell me about the dedication, seriousness and passion of the folks running WFOA. And, here I wish to congratulate not only the founders (co-founders) but also all the volunteers who help with the chores regularly. Really exceptional people. The animals who come here are really lucky dudes.


WFOA houses about 125-150 dogs on premises and is always full. There is always a wait list for admission. WFOA is connected by a network of good friends/rescue groups such as Fetching Hope. Friends/Partners like Fetching Hope help dogs find their forever homes. Writing this sentence seems simple enough but tons of details goes into the co-ordination activity till a lucky dog finds its forever home. As a first step, WFOA distributes a list of adoptable dogs to their friends/partners. A dog at WFOA goes through a full check both physical and psychological before it can make it to the list of adoptable pet. The folks at WFOA first make sure that they understand each and every aspect about the dog and make a profile. This profiling is very important as this helps the rescue groups in selecting the right family for the dog. After a dog makes it to this list, it can be safely assumed that he is fully updated on his vaccines, is healthy, is neutered/spayed and is mild tempered.


The volunteers at Fetching Hope then creates an online profile of every dog on that list at https://www.petfinder.com/ (great site to adopt these loyal BFF). This profile matches the profile provided by WFOA. Interested parents or prospective adopters then contacts Fetching Hope providing them with all requested details as mentioned on https://www.petfinder.com/ . The application is then reviewed in detail by a volunteer of Fetching Hope. Once the interested parent has met all the conditions and satisfactorily passed background checks/Vet checks/Reference checks then the volunteer schedules a home visit of prospective parents to ascertain and match dog’s temperament and energy level with that of the family. This is the last step and the parents are approved for adoption as soon as it is established that dog will be happy at the prospective parent’s place. This is an important step as the goal of every rescue is that the dog does not end up abandoned again. So, checks and double checks are a necessity.

You may argue here that this just one side of the coin. What about the prospective adopter’s need to meet and greet the dog? Shouldn’t prospective parents be allowed to meet and then make a decision about the dog? Absolutely yes, I agree. Consider a scenario when the adopter resides in Arkansas and likes a dog at WFOA. They can go to the shelter, meet the dog and if they are approved by WFOA they can then easily adopt the dog of their choice. This was a simple case. But consider a case where the partner rescue is in a faraway state like Maine such as Fetching Hope. Meet and greet is a challenge in such cases. In the real world, there is always a dearth of foster parents given the rate at which dogs are abandoned. As a result, the shelter (WFOA) ends up lifting most of this heavy load. Hence, most of the adoptable dogs remain in Arkansas. But technology comes to the rescue here and try to bridge the gap. WFOA or available fosters prepare a video profile of dogs and upload at https://www.petfinder.com/ or on www.youtube.com . WFOA and Fetching Hope, in this way, try to work around this logistical challenge with the hope to satisfactorily provide an insight about the dog in question to the adopter. Moreover, Fetching Hope provides a two week return policy keeping in mind the wellness of the dog. They give every opportunity to prospective adopters to make themselves fully comfortable before making a full commitment towards a dog. If there is even slightest of doubt in prospective parent’s mind then Fetching Hope does not shy away from taking the dog back and provides it with as many chances that it may take to find the perfect forever home. Fund raisers are organized, adoption events are organized and every such opportunity is provided to help a dog find its forever home. They never compromise with the wellness of any dog that they undertake. A very motivated and committed group.


Now, we have a fully approved adopter by Fetching Hope and also we have a dog ready to find its forever home. But the problem is parents are in a northern state and their “four legged companion/kid” resides in a southern state. P.E.T.S comes to our rescue here. They transport all the dogs from the shelter to destinations across the country and hence help close that important link that creates that special moment of happiness for the dog and their parents. An important link that creates that complete picture for some fortunate and kind families. P.E.T.S has some conveniently located fixed stop points in every state it drives. P.E.T.S also has stop points in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont is its last stop. Parents, approved by Fetching Hope, wait for this truck at the designated spots either in Connecticut, New Hampshire or Vermont and take possession of their dogs. At every stop that P.E.T.S makes they become a part of that moment when a parent holds the dog for first time. It is indeed a very touching moment. I have been there and I know the feeling.


This is how each lucky dog reaches the light that it saw at end of the tunnel when it started his journey. It marks a new beginning in the lives of so many families.



Are you ready for a dog?

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 11:14AM by Amber
“Dad, look!!! Uncle John has also gotten a dog for himself. Why can’t we have one?”
“Dad, I want a dog for my birthday!”
Many parents might have heard these questions umpteen times from their kids. Puerility or innocence or maybe just ignorance? I guess it depends from person to person. When I had asked this question to my parents it was a pure case of ignorance and also silliness to an extent because neither I had any idea about the seriousness of my demand nor I had any idea about the level of involvement required. For me, the movies had totally glorified the experience of having a pet especially a dog. Later in my life, thanks to my wife, I discovered that you have to be willingly ready to have a dog in your life. It’s a life full of commitment and compromise. It is not a toy that you can afford to get bored of. It has a personality, psychology, emotion and moreover a dog trusts with its life on you and you have to be prepared to reciprocate with all your heart. In short - It is parenthood. Read the rest of blog here: http://fetchinghoperescue.blogspot.com/

Mutts – The Impure

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 10:23AM by Amber

Mutt or Mongrel – Dog of mixed or unknown breed. Mongrel sounds more like a cuss words if used for name calling. Interesting, I guess!!! But today I am going to write about dogs of mixed lineage and also about my experience with them.


Bud, my Mutt <proudly>, enjoys playing so much that we make sure that we take him to the nearest dog park regularly. Not only Bud but we (parents) also get a chance to interact with other dog parents. At a dog park, the ice breakers are generally the questions about each other’s dog. After the usual pleasantries it is usual that we politely ask about each other’s dog. Questions such as “What your dog’s Name?”, “Is it a he or she?” or “What breed is he/she?” etc are considered the norm and falls within the boundaries of politeness. When it comes to the breed question I have had different experiences with different people. In the realm of dog parents there are owners of “Purebreds” and owners of “Mutts or Mixed Breeds”.  Read full article here: http://fetchinghoperescue.blogspot.com/2014/04/mutts-impure.html


The Sniffer

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 3:06PM by Shashank

Why do dogs sniff?? If they meet a human they sniff, if they meet a fellow dog they sniff, if they have to poop they sniff, if they need to pee they sniff, if they have to eat they sniff, if they walk they sniff. This question has intrigued me a lot. Afraid of the admonition this question may generate I have not dared to ask anybody about this funny curiosity of mine. Imagine yourselves asking this question to an acquaintance. Do you think their response would be any different than “Coz, they are dogs.. genius” or “Dogs are supposed to do that dude” or even “DUH, Einstein!!” You may laugh at me but I have finally taken the courage to ask this question to myself. I sincerely hope that I am able to satisfy myself by answering this question. Somebody said “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”  Boredom or curiosity, I have no interest in channeling my energies into finding that out but at the end of it, the question, for me, still remains – “Why do dogs sniff as if their life depended on it.”

Read more here- http://fetchinghoperescue.blogspot.com/


Check out our new blog post!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 3:27PM by Amber

The Ritual

Point your ears towards the slightest sound of a ruffling jacket – Leave your toy and watch intently if daddy is going to put his shoe on – stand next to daddy, checkout his shoes and socks and ask for a rub on the back and neck – if daddy is giving a goodbye hug to mommy, demand a hug for myself too – trail daddy till the main door – watch daddy go out of the door with such deep eyes that daddy could easily see how much you anticipate his return.

This happens every morning, without fail, when I start getting ready for work. Sounds like a ritual. Right? Yes, this is the daily ritual of my dog Bud when I am ready to leave for work every morning. And it always amazes me how he has associated the jacket, the shoes and the hug with my departure for work. There are so many things that amaze me about Bud but today I am going to concentrate on the ritual aspect of our relationship.

Over my period of co-existence with Bud, although short nevertheless growing joyfully, I have come to realize that the ritual not only has meaning for Bud but also for me. Surprisingly, I feel something is missing if Bud deviates from this morning behavior of his. And interestingly, this little ritual or routine if you may say inherently tells me that everything is alright and Bud is safe and sound. By the way, off-late it has become one of my top priorities.

There are many other rituals that we are bonded together with, although small and sometimes subtle but these are the rituals that help me communicate certain things to Bud. Such as, if I do all the things described in the 1st paragraph and also pick up the poop bags, then Bud understands it as “Buddy, it's time to go out. Playtime!” And, I was quite surprised when I realized that Bud too uses this tool to communicate with me. For example, if you offer him his favorite treat, he has a particular dance in which he bends half on his fore and hind legs, wags his tail furiously and jumps around this treat.  He does a similar dance when he gets a new toy to play and he has similar reactions to little pleasures of life. I have understood that he performs this particular ritual to tell me “Daddy, good job!! Eh..”.  

These are just some of the moments, of the many joyous activities, that I really look forward to having with Bud. The excitement Bud shows when I am home after work really makes my wife jealous . Ha ha..  To tell you the truth, I have always noticed the same level of excitement each day and never ever less. When he is around, it is difficult to think of other worldly tensions/garbage. He has truly uncomplicated our lives. Bud has accepted us as his parents and we have taken him as our child. Bud showers on us unconditional love and we try our best to keep him happy. It is really difficult to fathom his affection for us and put them in words here but I can surely say “It's an amazing feeling to care for Bud. For all three of us, it's just love – no questions asked”. My non-human child had taught me to be human again. You may feel it dramatized or very cliché but I find truth in it.  To humor you, proof of it may be provided in the fact that we have taken in an abandoned baby bunny (looks like bought during last Easter) but there is not a hint of regret. And to let you know, Bud has gone against his ancestral instincts and has found a friend in the new Bunny. Yes, Bud is that nice and noble.

-Shashank S.


Testimony of Adoption

Monday, November 11, 2013, 8:06AM by Amber

We received this letter, in response to an approval of dog adoption yesterday. We are all so proud of our amazing volunteers and the shelter we work with for such professionalism.


I really want you to know how much we think of your organization. I have filled out several applications over the last few weeks and Fetching Hope Rescue is at the top of our list. The others don't even come close.
The level of communication, response times, and everything else was top notch. The other organizations (with the exception of two) never even acknowledged my application!
Julie was wonderful - full of knowledge about your ogranization, the adoption proccess, etc. at our home visit and Kathy at Wynne Rescue was just as informative regarding Ginersnap specifically.
Thank you very much for helping us adopt. We will definitely keep in touch regarding Gingersnap as we adjust but ongoing down the line as well. We are giving her a new name - Lovey.  It may sound funny, but has great signicicance to us as a family.
Thank you again for all you do.

This Sunday!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:17AM by Amber

Hello Friends of Fetching Hope,

Next Sunday, we will be at the Whole Dog Market at Willard Square in South Portland to show off some of our adoptable friends.  Please stop in and say hi! We would love to see some of our Fetching Hope alumni, and encourage you to bring friends who need some puppy love.  
The dogs will be there from 11-2, and unless someone gets adopted before then, we are expecting Bubba, Julius, Ally, RIta and Tito. We'll also have lots of pictures of dogs who are waiting for the chance to come to Maine in search of a better life.
Spread the word! 

Kennel Cough Information from Falmouth Vet

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:06AM by Amber

This information was taken directly from the Falmouth Vet Newsletter:

Over the past month we have seen an outbreak of kennel cough in the greater Portland area. Since we have had so many confirmed cases of this bacterial infection, we thought it would be good to send along a little article (from our friends at PetHealthNetwork) for you to learn a little more about what it is and how it's treated.

Kennel cough, or tracheobronchitis, is an infectious bronchitis that could be compared to a cold with a scratchy throat in people. The most common symptom of canine kennel cough is a harsh, hacking cough that sounds as if something is stuck in your dog's throat. While it may sound as if your dog could cough up a lung, in general, kennel cough isn't serious and it usually resolves on its own, just as the common cold does with people. Unfortunately for the concerned pet owner, this can take days to weeks. You will notice in most cases, despite the hacking cough, that your dog will want to eat, drink, and play normally.

This annoying cough is most commonly caused by highly contagious bacteria; in other cases, the cause can be viral. Dogs in highly populated situations such as boarding facilities, doggy day care, and dog parks are most likely to get kennel cough, which can be transmitted by air or by contact with infected surfaces. Puppies and younger dogs are at the greatest risk, but older dogs can also become infected.

The signs of kennel cough can vary greatly. The most common symptom is a hacking cough. It may sound as if your dog is trying to clear something from her throat. Sometimes the coughing causes retching or the vomiting of fluid, and is often worsened when your pooch becomes excited or active.

Additional symptoms can include:

Irritated eyes
Runny nose
Dog Sneezing
Loss of appetite
Breathing difficulty

Many cases of kennel cough can be diagnosed with a complete physical exam and medical history. Your veterinarian will want to know if your dog has been exposed to other dogs recently. They may examine your dog's neck to see if it is sensitive, perhaps inducing a cough. In some situations, your veterinarian may recommend other diagnostics to rule out other diseases. These could include blood tests and x-rays.

Treatment of kennel cough depends on the severity and cause. Your veterinarian may prescribe a cough suppressant to help control the cough. In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed, as well.

There are several things you can do to help prevent your four-legged friend from getting kennel cough. Especially when he is young, limit your pet's exposure to other dogs of unknown vaccine history; this will help keep him free of many diseases, not just kennel cough. You should strongly consider vaccinating your dog for kennel cough, especially if you plan on bringing him to doggy day care or boarding her at any point. The vaccine has proven to be safe and effective, and your veterinarian will recommend the right vaccine protocol for your pet.

If you have any additional questions about kennel cough, please talk with your veterinarian; they are the key resource for information about the health and well-being of your best friend!


Information from our vet

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7:04AM by Amber

We just got this important link from our vet and thought our readers and pet owners would benefit from the information about ticks and disease: http://www.dogsandticks.com