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Animal Attraction: Found.Foster.Forever

Animal Attraction:  Found.Foster.Forever

by Stacy Fox

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 5:33 AM

In the city of Houston, we are overwhelmed by the numbers of homeless animals that wander our streets and fill our shelters!  However, thanks to the many rescue and foster groups in our city, there is still hope for many of Houston’s homeless animals.

In order to help these rescue and foster groups, as well as ordinary citizens that are doing their part and opening their homes to foster animals, a group of Houston animal advocates have joined forces to present Found.Foster.Forever, an event that will provide helpful tools to assist in fostering and ensuring that your foster animal is best prepared to be adopted successfully.  The free, 2 hour event is being held on April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Upper Kirby Building, 3015 Richmond Avenue (@ Eastside) in Houston. 

This unique event is specifically targeting the foster and rescue community with the hope of providing tools and resources for foster families that will help them acclimate their foster into their family and specific ways for the foster parents to work with the animal to best prepare them for a successful adoption.  Houston dog trainer, behavior specialist and founder of Michael’s Dogs, Michael Baugh, will address topics including:

 - How dogs learn (the science of training)
 - Understanding fear and aggression
 - Strategies for integrating dogs (keeping your pack from getting out of whack)
 - How to turn around problem behaviors
 - Life lessons from some dogs (live demonstrations)

“Fostering and rescuing animals can be an extremely challenging.  Many times expenses and behavior issues overwhelm foster parents.  By providing these dedicated animal lovers with tools to encourage good behavior and resources to assist with costs, we hope to make it much easier and more accessible for people to open their homes to fostering an animal in need,” said Michael Baugh.  “In addition, with a little work, most animals can overcome some behavior problems that may have limited their adoptability.  Finding these animals a perfect “forever home” is the ultimate goal, allowing more animals to be saved from the streets or shelters.”

Found.Foster.Forever is possible because of the support of Michael’s Dogs, Homeless Animal Partnership Initiative (HAPI),  Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor (HOPE), Heights Urban Dog,  Brett Chisholm Photography and the Houston Dog Blog.  The event is free and open to anyone that is passionate about helping Houston’s homeless animals.  Registration is required and seating is limited.  Visit to reserve your spot today!