Saving a Life Changes Yours
Rebecca Mannor, Division 1, 6th grade #ws16e-s3d1

She peers at me through one large, milky, cataract eye, the other a tiny, glistening, obsidian pebble; the result of a birth defect or accident. The reason is trivial, but about eighty percent of her sight is gone. Her five-pound frame fits snuggly in my arms; her long skinny legs neatly tucked into her body. As I stroke her velvety head, a long pink tongue shoots out, licking me fervently. How could anyone not adore this sweet furry ball? Foxy is her name, which fits her perfectly due to her coloring, long snout, large ears, and bushy tail. At a guess, we think this eight year old is a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix. We are her new foster family. Her history is a mystery, even her age is a guess, but my mom says that she has had puppies before and an injury to her leg. Already I am in love with her.

We became a foster family for Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego after helping out at some of their adoption events. They hold an event every Saturday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. with an average of fifteen to thirty dogs there seeking a new home. My job is to help set up and sit with the dogs, cuddle those that are nervous, clean up any accidents, take the dogs for a walk, and talk to people who might be interested in adopting. To say I really enjoy this assignment is an understatement; I want to take all of them home. My spirit soars when a dog goes home with a new owner.
This non-profit organization is important to me because it not only rescues dogs from horrible situations, but they genuinely look after them, taking care of all medical and grooming needs, and having them stay with a foster family rather than a shelter so the dog gets lots of love and attention. Those are some reasons why we became a foster family.

Fostering involves taking care of the dog, socializing it with people and other animals, and giving it lots of love. By fostering dogs, we allow places to open up in shelters for other animals. Fostering is not as arduous as it seems. Some people believe the most difficult part is to see the dogs go but I am overjoyed when they find a forever-loving refuge.

By volunteering and fostering, I feel like I am doing my small part in helping the world to be a better place. I encourage everyone to get involved and help those in need, whether they are animals or people. I am amazed to see some of these dogs who have been badly abused and yet still possess the enduring capacity to trust and love. I think people could learn a lot from these loving critters and I hope that everyone can find a place in their heart to give these wonderful creatures a sanctuary that they can call home.
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