"I can't save them all, but I can save this one."
"Fostering is the hardest thing I have ever done. I watch these dogs come off the transport and set foot onto solid ground. By this point they have lived on the concrete floor in a shelter that very few dogs make it out of alive. They have started their healing process in the loving arms of a foster down south. After being taken from that home and driven 36 hours to Maine, they are greeted by our eager team of Pixel North fosters! The instant gratification and love these dogs portray never ceases to amaze me. Watching the dogs incorporate themselves into the routine of my household and become family members is bittersweet, I have a hard time not keeping every one of them. We go to adoption events, each time hopeful that my "kids" will be picked by their forever family. When the time finally comes, and I leave the adoption event empty handed with tears of sadness and joy I think "I can't do this again". But sure enough, I see the photo of another face in need And know that I HAVE to do it again. We are part of something greater than anything in the world. My heartache is always replaced by the thankfulness that someone else saw in these dogs what we all see and chose to be the final leg of their journey to forever."
"Our family knew we wanted to foster ever since November of 2011, when we adopted our first dog Cosmo from a North Carolina rescue. It was during our trip down south that we saw how dire the situation is with unwanted animals! I mean there is a problem everywhere with the pet population, but we'd never seen anything like this. The rescue we adopted from had no facility & relied completely on foster volunteers to care for the animals. We thought that was so wonderful! So after we got home I started doing research. I stumbled upon the Pixel Fund and my heart melted when I read the story of Pixel the chihuahua & her mom Janet. I knew right then we were going to get involved with them! The whole pixel team makes fostering So incredibly EASY. Everything is taken care of, all you have to do is give your love to one of these pups. It makes a huge difference in their life. There is NO greater feeling than watching a dog that was once unwanted in a shelter, blossom & come alive with your love! Fostering is so rewarding for everyone involved. For us it's been a true blessing, because we LOVE what we do!"
"Fostering is giving redemption. It's saying, 'I know you're not perfect but you're worth saving.' It's taking the dented, dinged, bent and sometimes broken - smacking on love spackle, teaching trust through compassion, allowing them to see kindness and heal so that when their FOREVER comes, they can live and be lived with, and loved. Plus, it leaves room for another rescue miracle."
"The love, affection and gratitude these dogs give after all they've been through is a lesson in forgiveness and trust to me daily. To watch the dogs blossom and grow and become all they can be is so rewarding. To watch them go to their forever homes is heart wrenching and oh so very sweet. To know that you helped rescue, house, train, advocate for and save the life of one of God's creatures is humbling... And addicting. And after just starting fostering a few months ago, I know I'll be doing the rest of my life!!!"
"Every Saturday night when that transport of southern dogs comes in it is just like Christmas morning. That is the same feeling I get. When you can take a scared, smelly, wonderful, sweet, broken sprited, or not so broken sprited pup, and give them the confidence to become the best friend anyone has ever had - it is priceless."