Bogey has found a “forever” home, but it was a long process and he had plenty of help. For more than two weeks, Bogey, a small, white fluffy dog of unknown origin, lived on the Cameron Park Golf Course, evading golf balls and coyotes and surviving as best he could.
Numerous golfers saw the little dog and many tried to capture him, but, until a trap was obtained from the El Dorado County Animal Shelter, Bogey remained at large. He stayed at the Animal Shelter for 30 days, but no one came to claim him.
“I was coming to pick another dog, Waffles, to bring to our rescue and I ended up getting Bogey as well. He was completely shut down in his cage and terrified,” said Kerry McBride, one of the founders of Foothill Dog Rescue, which opened in Shingle Springs in March. “We figured someone had dumped him at the golf course.”
Bogey was given Foothill’s usual intake services by McBride: vetted, bathed, defleaed and nails clipped and sent to Rebecca Multa, one of Foothill’s dog foster families.
Foster families care for a dog until adopted, checking out the animal’s temperament, qualities and liabilities. Is the animal good with children, with other animals, with adults? What frightens him, what does he respond best to? This is valuable information for anyone interested in adopting a rescued animal and one of the most important aspects of Foothill Dog Rescue.
Multa had fostered kittens before, but this was her first time fostering a dog.
“We had him for about three weeks, ” said Multa. “He was an awesome little guy and loved my 120-pound lab — followed him like a shadow. We had friends who are golfers and they knew all about Bogey.”
McBride said, “We have Saturday adoptions at our office, but when we brought Bogey to them he was so frightened he would only hang his head.”
Through Multa’s fostering, the volunteers at Foothill discovered that Bogey came to life with other dogs and that was key to finding Bogey a “forever” home.
“She worked miracles with Bogey,” said McBride.
Last month Bogey was adopted by a woman with three dogs who is working patiently to overcome Bogey’s fears.
Foothill has a network of foster families, volunteers and vets who offer their time to make sure rescued dogs just aren’t adopted — they are matched with the right family and home for them. They also offer something different — a support network for fostering families and adoptive families.
“We want to make sure that the fostering or adoption goes well for everyone,” said McBride.
“We’ve all been in the animal rescue field for a long time,” said Mc Bride of her fellow Foothill board members Nancy Petrecela, Michele Weimer, Jackie Lazenby and Kasey DelRio.
“We want to save dogs and place them in ‘forever’ homes,” she explained. “We don’t rescue a dog unless they pass a temperament test because we are trying to find homes for healthy, adoptable dogs.”
Foothill rescues dogs from high-kill shelters, the El Dorado County Animal Shelter when it is overfull, people who are moving and can’t take their dog, when the owner has died or in other owner-surrender situations. Fostering the dogs before allowing them to be adopted is important because it offers an opportunity to find out about the animal’s needs and personality.
“Fosters are our lifeblood,” said McBride. “We have about 30 active fosters, but some can only do it part of the year or can only take certain animals. We need more fosters because we can only rescue dogs if we have a foster for them to go to. More fosters means more lives we can save.”
After the dogs are fostered and their needs and temperament determined, they are spayed or neutered, microchipped, given shots and heartworm medication.
“We have eight vets that work with us to do discounted spay/neuter,” said McBride. “We have adoption events every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and we also do private meet-and-greets, where someone can meet a dog they’ve seen on our Facebook page in a quiet environment and decide if they might want to adopt.”
Foothill has a foster-to-adopt program where prospective adoptive families can take a dog home to live with them for two weeks in order to decide whether they are a good match.
If you would like to volunteer as a foster or are interested in adopting one of Foothill Dog Rescue’s rescued pooches, visit the Facebook page, come to a Saturday adoption event at 4131 S. Shingle Road, Suite 14 in Shingle Springs or call the office at (530) 676-DOGS.