Foster Family and Disabled Dogs

AMHERST, NH (June 18, 2018) – Across the U.S., disabled and senior dogs often languish in shelters and are more likely than other shelter dogs to be euthanized before being rescued, fostered, or adopted. SNARR Northeast rescue based out of Westchester, N.Y., was founded to help those harder-to-adopt dogs not only be rescued, but cherished. Emily Findlay of Stamford, Connecticut, has a calling to do just that. She has recently taken on fostering a special needs Pit Bull mix named Liberty, adopted two other special needs dogs from SNARR, and cares for a fospice dog as well.

When SNARR contacted Emily to ask if she was interested in fostering Liberty, she “jumped at the chance” to foster the disabled dog, who has cerebellar hypoplasia. Liberty is not in pain, but the neurological condition causes extreme shakiness in the 18-month-old pup. A dog wheelchair was donated to Liberty to help her stay on her feet and strengthen her leg muscles.

The other dogs in Emily’s care include Mr. Maury, an incontinent senior Shih Tzu with spinal disc issues, and Evee, an incontinent Chiweenie who uses a dog wheelchair for rear-leg paralysis. Finally, Emily cares for fospice dog Minka, a blind dog with a heart condition. Fospice dogs (foster + hospice) are fostered throughout the end stage of their lives and given the love and special attention they need.

Emily’s compassionate response to animals in need is motivated by her own experiences: she was hospitalized from birth to five years of age and has also cared for her disabled mother. Emily says, “I loved animals since a very young age. I was horrifically bullied and didn’t have any friends until I was about 16. Animals were my only companions. They didn’t judge me on my looks or intelligence.”

SNARR is fortunate to have people like Emily who adopt and foster the dogs they rescue from high-kill shelters throughout the county. The need for more foster/adoptive families is ever present. SNARR founder Courtney Bellew says, “There’s so many homeless animals, and there’s just unfortunately nowhere to house all of them.”

As Emily says, disabled and senior dogs are “much more loving and they know that you adopted them just because you love them. You don’t feel pity for them, you just love them the way they are.

Meet Emily and Courtney and see Emily’s special needs dogs in action in this video:


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Photo: Emily Findlay and her special needs dogs.

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