“The short answer is Jody Harris-Stern.
The long answer…
I was not looking to foster or adopt a dog since I am cat foster of more than 20 yrs and haven’t had a dog in 30 yrs. But there was a dog that pulled my heart strings and by the time I inquired, he had already been saved. That is when I was bombarded (in a nice way) [with] pics and details about a dog named Missy. I said no, no, no but the sending did not give up until I agreed to give it a chance.
That is where Jody came in. She immediately pulled the dog from death row NYACC and made arrangements to get Missy to me. From the very first minute, Jody was there to hold my hand, talk me through it and reassure me the whole way.
Since then I have seen Jody give herself to the saving and caring for animals at remarkable sacrifice. I have watched Jody get unfairly accused of ridiculousness and attacked by the petty and the jealous. I have watched Jody deal with rescue issues when she was not sure her son would even be ok. I have watched her selflessly give herself to animals and friends with grace, class and overwhelming beauty. And I know that any time of the day or night that I need help, no matter what the issue, she will be there for me… as she would for all who are connected to her.
Any organization with a leader like Jody… I want to be part of.”
“So I am new to fostering even though we fostered once before. I wanted to foster because it helps save lives. I can’t have any more dogs permanently live in my home (we have 3) so this is a way to fill the desire for a puppy. We also have quite a zoo between kids, cats, dogs, horses and age groups of people here at the farm. They will leave here desensitized!! I am not even sure how I found LGAR. but I am so thankful I did. You all have been so helpful and it was just a great feeling working with Cocoa and Snickers and then they found a home!”
“I’m new to fostering having only helped Cupcake and Mae, but I’ve always lived with and rescued animals. My first personal rescue was a black squirrel that fell out of his nest. After raising Sam Squirrel to maturity I brought him to my Da’s place in the country. I’m new to fostering because I was intimidated over the responsibility and worried about integrating a furry kid into my menagerie. I have fallen in love with both my fosters and although it was hard to let Cupcake go, doing so meant I could help Miss Mae. I know it will be sad when Miss Mae gets adopted, but I’ll be happy to console myself with a new foster pup. It’s addictive helping them gain confidence and get adopted.
I became a foster for LGAR by pure happenstance. We’d talked about fostering in my family, but didn’t act until one day. I was contacted by a fb acquaintance and she hooked me up with you wonderful people. I didn’t foster the pup I was moved by, but my fosters have moved me.”
“I foster because I believe strongly in the Starfish Theory. Such a small commitment on my end results in years of happiness for each animal who passes through my doors.
I met LGAR when, heartbroken from the passing of my heart dog, I was keeping an eye on the NYCACC euth list postings in case someone there “spoke” to me. After a few months, that “someone” took the form of Spock (quickly renamed Sam!), a young pitbull who passed his temp evals but had landed on the euth list due to an injured leg that needed expensive surgery. With hours to spare, LGAR answered my call as a rescue partner, and worked with me to get Sam’s leg fixed. After healing, he was quickly placed into the absolute perfect home. Since then, in just under a year, I’ve fostered three more dogs for LGAR, with I’m sure many to come.”
“In August of 2017, I voluntarily took in a 5 week old Beagle, Penny, who was pulled by my aunt from her relative who is a “backyard breeder” (all puppies and parents were eventually rescued). Not only was she a puppy, but she had some medical needs. I had no experience with puppies, as I had always adopted adult or senior. With much research, will and patience, I not only saw her back to health, but trained her and raised her to be the best version of herself. I took on all of her expenses for almost 6 months as if she was my own. After I spayed her, I adopted her out to a wonderful family. That family went through an application process, a meet/greet/interview process, and a home visit with me. Penny was placed with her new family on Jan. 27th. I was emotionally devastated the moment I came home to a quiet and Penny-less home. Since then, I have become friends with Penny’s new family, I receive pictures every now and then of her, and, best of all, we meet up habitually for visits. Seeing and hearing how happy her new family is and how comfortable she is with them in her new home is why I wanted to foster. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you saved and nurtured a life and impacted the lives of others in doing so. In addition, I know fostering will make room for another life to be saved and one less statistic.
As for LGAR, I was acquainted with a woman via FB who lived local and was a part of a town group that I was a member of. She fostered for LGAR. She saw my social efforts in finding Penny a home and reached out to me about LGAR and their needs for a foster for a beagle mom and pups. I went on LGAR’s website, as I was unfamiliar with the rescue at that time, and felt the rescue’s mission, vision and values were aligned with my own. So I filled out the application. And then I spoke to Jody, and while Jody may not have felt this way, I felt I was talking to my soul sister. Our thoughts and views around animal welfare and rescue were very much alike. I felt her passion and compassion, and that of all others affiliated with LGAR on that one call. I just knew this is where I needed to be. And it’s been a blessing- I am a part of a zealous group of advocates, have made new friends, and best of all, have been given the freedom to be impactive where I can.”