Foster success stories
Hope is a striking-looking young dog who arrived at Baypath Humane as a stray. On her first day in a foster home, Hope leapt out a window shortly after the family left the house. Although she was not seriously injured, Hope was clearly in a state of distress. Based on the information collected, it appeared that Hope was showing moderate discomfort with being left alone, and was showing separation-related fear behavior -- a feeling of terror when left alone. Fortunately, through a careful behavior modification protocol, many dogs like Hope can learn to cope with being left alone.
Learn more about Hope's incredible journey to happiness, thanks to her amazing foster mom!
Tillie, a senior terrier, was found wandering the streets of Boston, alone and afraid. After no one claimed her, Boston Animal Control reached out to Baypath Humane Society to find her a home, and she was swiftly brought over by one of our dedicated volunteers. It was clear that Tillie had been through an ordeal. She was unkempt, underweight, and in desperate need of a dental surgery.
Originally found abandoned in the winter, Mammoth arrived at Baypath extremely distressed. After all the upheaval in his life, he understandably had trouble adjusting to shelter life. He didn’t want people near him, which would make him difficult to adopt. In frightened cats this stress can turn into nipping, so it was important to find a way to help Mammoth relax. Fortunately, one of our dedicated cat volunteers, Kathy R, was able to foster Mammoth in her home. The transformation in his behavior was quite remarkable.
Mr. Crocker is a senior dog who was found living on the streets in Roslindale. He is the perfect example of a dog who benefited greatly from being in a foster home. After living in his own, Mr. Crocker was scared of strangers and terrified in the shelter. His foster family helped him learn to trust, and brought out his delightful little personality!
With the help of several kind people in our community, we were able to rescue a stray cat named Pepper and get him to the shelter. Most young cats will quickly adapt to being in the shelter and find homes within days or weeks. However, for some cats like Pepper, the noise and commotion of the shelter are scary, and they have a tough time getting adopted when they don’t feel their best. We knew Pepper was a wonderful cat and just needed a calm place where he could relax until we could find him a permanent home.
Nine-month-old Diamond arrived at Baypath positive for heartworm. Dogs undergoing heartworm treatment need to be kept calm, which is no easy feat for an active young dog. Foster mom Michelle K & her family found creative ways to keep Diamond happy and calm throughout her treatment, teaching her many commands. By the time the treatment was over, Diamond had fully recovered and was one of the best trained dogs around! A friend of Michelle's adopted her, and she's happily enjoying her new life!
Sassy was born as a stray in South Carolina, giving her a tough, challenging start to life. Living on the streets, Sassy had had little human interaction and so she missed learning that people can be trustworthy and kind. Fortunately one of our southern rescue partners managed to get this sweet girl to safety and help her make the journey up to MA in search of a fresh start and a new loving home. Sassy’s time in foster helped her learn to trust people and gain valuable obedience skills. Plus it provided invaluable information to help us find the perfect home for our girl.
Kittens Winnie, Willy, and Wally arrived at Baypath during a heat wave, and needed an immediate foster family to care for them until they were old enough to be adopted. Volunteer Sandy took the trio home, giving them lots of love, attention, and playtime to help them become well-socialized pets. Once they were ready to be adopted, they hit the jackpot with a new home -- a woman who decided to keep all three kittens together! She still keeps in touch with Sandy, and enjoys sharing tales of their latest escapades!
Charlie arrived at Baypath with much anxiety after being mistreated in his early life. A Baypath volunteer fostered him, working closely with our staff behaviorist to help him tackle his fears and learn good dog behavior. Soon much of his anxious barking was replaced by joy as he romped around the yard and enjoyed lots of cuddles. Within a matter of weeks, Charlie met a wonderful couple, who welcomed him into their family. He now has doting parents, plenty of fresh air, long walks, and even a furry brother to play with!
Mama cat Havarti and her kittens were found as strays and were having a tough time. Havarti had health struggles, two of her kittens had a condition that impacted their vision, and the runt of the litter wasn’t growing at all. To help this cat family recover, Baypath volunteer Marianne took them home to give them the TLC they needed. Marianne learned to administered fluids to Havarti and give several types of medication to the kittens. She also hand-fed the tiniest kitten, Munster, to help him gain the nutrition he needed. Over the next few months, Marianne’s loving care helped Havarti and her babies recover and become strong, healthy kitties. They also gained valuable socialization skills, both with people and with Marianne’s other pets. We’re happy to report that Havarti and her kittens have been adopted and are thriving in their new homes!
Yogi had much trauma in his early life, and arrived at Baypath with a great deal of fear of people. Fosters Julie & Cornelia took him home, helping him to slowly build bonds with people and learn everything he'd need to know to become a great pet companion. Under their care, he got crate and leash trained, and learned quite a few commands. His foster moms helped him make a smooth transition once we found his new home. He now lives nearby with his mom Kat. He came to visit Baypath recently and we're happyto report that he's doing great!