Proud of a 95 percent foster care rate for rescued animals prior to permanent adoption, Last Day Dog Rescue strives to bump that number closer to 100 percent.
Temporary homes provide regular day-to-day care (feeding, grooming, exercise), as well as the occasional basic training, behavior modification, socialization and temperament evaluation, and medical care.
Playtime and affection figure into the equation as well, stresses LDDR.
“We have fosters from Lansing to Flint to Ann Arbor to Birmingham, and they work in all sorts of occupations,” Kathryn Lampi said.
LDDR works with potential foster parents to match a pet to the home’s routine, through energy level, size, sociability with other pets, and tolerance for children.
The website can be browsed for the Adoptable Animal List, with special importance marked by “Needs Foster.” That earmarks animals in need of immediate fostering, as they are currently in kennels and a priority.
If an instant match can’t be made, LDDR notifies adopters of upcoming shelter “pulls,” with dogs in high-kill situations. Foster families are told where and when to retrieve the animal, which is planned to be fully vaccinated when they arrive.
Foster homes are also expected to have all other pets inoculated, including protection from kennel cough, prior to taking in more animals. They are also asked to provide current biographies and pictures to add to the website, and bring their foster dogs to adoption events, whenever possible, to assist in faster adoptions.
“Our foster families love to see their dogs when they come back to visit,” Lampi said. “If adopters have Happy Tails – success stories – that they would like included on our website, they can please reach out to us at [email protected]”
The Red Oaks event will entail purchase of a park day pass for $5 per car; seasonal passes are available for $30. Humans, as well as dogs, are welcome to swim, and one of the dog parks was just newly finished this summer.
“Even if you are not necessarily interested in teaming up with Last Day Dog Rescue, feel free to bring your pets and enjoy the doggy swim day,” Lampi said.
For more information, the Red Oaks number is  858.0918, or email Last Day Dog Rescue at [email protected] The park is located at 1455 East 13 Mile, between Dequindre and John R.
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