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Our foster families saved the lives of more than 1,000 dogs and cats last year.
You see, we don’t have a kennel and rely solely on foster homes to give the temporary care and shelter our rescued pets need until they are adopted.
We can only rescue as many animals as we have homes for. Sadly, too often we must turn away a homeless animal because we simply don’t have anyone to provide short-term care for it. We are always in need of new foster homes.
Think someone else will say yes and help an animal? That there are plenty of other foster homes? The reality is they won’t and there aren’t. It’s that simple.
Please help us save more pets by volunteering to keep a homeless pet in your home temporarily until they go to a forever home. Won’t you please become a foster parent today? The life of a homeless animal depends on it.
It was one of our most compelling and heartwarming stories -- a dog missing from his owner for 5 years was returned thanks to an implanted microchip 10 days before Christmas. The video had over 90,000 views on YouTube and touched viewers around the planet!
So what happened after they left? We got a visit from Mike and Bandit at our adoption center and Mike updated us. He spent a lot of time getting mats groomed out of Bandit's underside when they got home and shortly after coming home, Bandit went to the vet where he got a thorough examination, catch-up on his vaccinations and his senior blood panel. The little guy has a clean bill of health!
Mike is recovery from back surgery for several ruptured discs and still undergoing physical therapy. Although he is restricted to lifting no more than 10 lbs., he assured us that he checked and Bandit weighs in at 9.5 lbs.! He admits that the injury and the time off have been a blessing in disguise as it has given him much more time to be with Bandit and try to make up for lost time!
He confided that he really didn't want all the attention and media interviews, being a pretty private guy. But he touched thousands with his story, never giving up holding out hope for Bandit's return. He also was the perfect example of the value of microchips for pet identification.
To this day, Mike is still moved when he recounts that evening when he received the call about Bandit and still gets teary-eyed. Bandit, on the other hand, is just happy as long as he's with his dad!
Do you have an unused, but still mostly functional Android phone laying around? reTails can use it! As long as the phone is Android and has Wifi capability (which virtually all do) and a built-in camera, we would like to take your old phone and give it new life as a network camera in our adoption center.
Any phones that prove unsuitable, or that we can't use for some reason will either be donated, or recycled. If possible, we'll try to wipe all data before sending the phones off, but cannot guarantee it, so please try to do it yourself.
Although we hope to get all animals placed into adoptive homes as quickly as possible, some animals --especially cats-- are often scared by their ordeal and are very shy or even seem upset while they are in an adoption enclosure. These animals often take some time before someone finally appreciates and adopts them. Emorie was such a cat. Although she's a gorgeous young cat, almost all black with a tiny blaze of white on her chest and sporting a cropped right ear as the mark of her early life on the street, she was very shy at first.
One of our amazing adoption center volunteers, Pam Couchell, has a special affinity for black cats and wasn't put off by Emorie's early hiding and even growling. She was also on hand this past weekend when Emorie was adopted! Here is what Pam wrote on Facebook:
I know in the world of rescue you really shouldn't have a 'favorite'. But every so often there is one that comes into your life that just changes you. In my life that was Emorie. Something about her changed me in the short 3 or 4 months that she was at ReTails. I watched her transform from the scaredest kitty to one with so much love and affection. I truly wanted her to find a new home where she could run, jump, and play, and not live in the cages for one more day...but I also knew when that day happened, I would cry. There would be tears of joy and tears of sorrow just because I knew I would miss her so much. Well, it finally happened this weekend...and I am so glad that I was there to meet them. So, as you go on to your new furever home with your new family, my sweet girl, the picture above is for you.
Although it passed without obvious hoopla, this past weekend marked a big milestone -- the 2,500th reTails pet adoption since the organization was founded in 2010. Since we have cats available daily at 3 Indianapolis-area Petco stores, in addition to our Washington Square Mall adoption center, it's hard to say exactly which animal was #2500. It could've been one of the adopted cats:
Phoebe, Huggy, Sammie, Callie, Blackie, Lil Bit, Jag, Sally, Rags, Sienna, Lil Girl
...or one of the dogs:
Moe, Ali, Penny, Adella, Maya, Rocky, Bertie
Although reTails originally began doing traveling adoption events with modest success in early 2010, it wasn't until we opened our adoption center in Washington Square Mall that we began to make a much bigger difference in the lives of more at-risk dogs and cats. This past fall, we finished a year-long renovation of a 5,000 square foot space, giving us more than 4 times as much space as our first location in the mall.
To fully appreciate the scope of this accomplishment, you must also know that the reTails adoption center in Washington Square Mall is staffed solely by volunteers! It has operated every weekend (Fri-Sun) since October, 2010. It takes an amazing level of dedication by many volunteers to make it all work, and we couldn't do it without the help of so many! If you'd like to find out how you too can help, consider volunteering!
Some of the pets are rescued from local shelters, but many others come through our Rehoming Assistance Program or "RAP". Under RAP, owners who need to find homes for their pets are scheduled to bring their pets to our adoption center and also have their pet showcased online through Petfinder. The pet continues to stay in the owner's home. This is much less stressful for the pet than having to go into a foster home and eliminates the uncertainty of what might happen to the pet if it was surrendered to a shelter. If you need assistance rehoming a pet, check out our Rehoming page to see more about the available options.
Make sure to check out some of our Adoptable Pets, but remember that we get new pets every week and coming to our Washington Square Mall adoption center on Friday at 6 p.m. is the best way to see pets before they are posted online!