"Home the unwanted. Heal the neglected. Give hope to the mistreated."
This is the motto of Grafelman Farms Rescuein Hanna City, IL - and their words couldn't be more in line with our mission at PBC. We are excited to support this small, two-year old foster-based rescue and help them catch the attention of loving homes for the dogs in their care. As a beneficiary of our Buy One, Give One program from May 1-15, Grafelman Farms Rescue gets a chance to stock up on much needed supplies of collars and leashes with YOUR help. Plus, when they promote their adoptable dogs in photos, the cheerful and bright colors of PBC will make them all that more attractive to potential adopters!
We asked them a few questions to get our supporters familiar with their efforts and operations. We hope you will be inspired by their commitment to the animals in their care and the efforts they are making to save lives.
What is involved in keeping a foster-based rescue going?
Foster-based rescue means that animals are not kept in a shelter, which is scary and unhealthy. Dogs and cats in foster homes are loved by their foster families, get to interact with other pets and people, can learn basic obedience commands, and be cared for in a nurturing environment. We currently have about 25 dogs/puppies in our foster homes, which means we have to coordinate across all of the homes, which can be a challenge.Most of our dogs come from high-kill shelters in the South and in rural areas. Many wouldn't have a chance if we didn't take them in. We work with transport networks to help get them to us.
What are some of the things your group is known for?
We are known for taking in unwanted animals from the South and in rural areas. We also are willing to take in sick, injured, and heartworm positive dogs who would have been euthanized if we didn't step in. These cost us a lot of money and significant time before they can be adopted, but it's worth it to save these lives.
Describe some of the more challenging moments in rescue and how you/the other volunteers got through it.
The biggest challenge is dealing with the people who surrender these animals, often in terrible shape with no vet care. Knowing that if they had treated the animals correctly this wouldn't have happened is tough. Right now, we had brought in a litter of 5 puppies from Tennessee and placed them in a loving foster home. Shortly after they arrived, they all came down with parvo. Even though we got them immediately to the vet, three of the five passed away.
What is the most rewarding part about fostering? What would you say to others who are considering fostering for a group like yours?