TO MY FOSTER FAMILY
There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.
- Author Unknown -
Board Members and our wonderful Volunteers
Foster Families - Countless hours and dedication to saving one life at a time, adopting so many pets in to their forever homes;
Canine Creek Boutique & Dog Wash - Created the annual Dog Days of Summer fundraisers and is the local donation for much-needed supplies;
Katy Jacobsen - Photography and posters of STOP pets to be adopted;
Phyliss Gatian - Bake sale coordinator for numerous fundraisers;
Souza Vineyard - Hosts the annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser events;
Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital - Discounts on check-ups/tests done for our foster pets;
The Loop Newspaper - for the Adopt-a-Pet section that helps so many rescues, including STOP, to adopt so many pets - To date, STOP has rescued/adopted over 600 dogs and cats in to their forever home;
The Neville Firm - Free preparation of our taxes