The one thing that has amazed me time and again since we started fostering is the overwhelming support I’ve felt from the rest of the rescue community. Animal rescue, as rewarding as it is, can be tough, thankless and frustrating at times. Knowing that all of you out there are standing right along with us has meant the world to us. So this weekend, when I heard that one of our own was in trouble, it shook me to the core.
Our second foster pup through Agape Animal Rescue was Kaylee – liberated from life on a chain by kind strangers, and accepted into the Agape program to find her change at happiness. Kandice and Larry adopted Kaylee from us just before Christmas last year, and re-named her Kate.
It was insta-love….Kandice and Larry were immediately taken with Kate, and Kate excelled under the love and guidance from her new mom, who just happens to be a professional dog trainer. She loved playing with her new brother Ben, snuggling on the couch with her new mom, and even flying with her new dad in his plane.
Kate was firmly settled in to the best Furever Home that Foster Dad and I could have imagined for her. It’s such a great feeling as a foster family knowing that one of the dogs who passed through your doors is safe, happy and loved.
Furever Day wasn’t the last time Agape heard from Kandice and Larry. Since then, Kate and Ben have become foster siblings to some of Agape’s toughest rehabilitation cases. They took in Jake from Operation Sweethearts, and taught him how to trust and be part of a family.
Then, when Agape took in fourteen dogs this summer from Operation Freedom, Kate and her family brought Angel into their home.
I had the honor of meeting Angel at the temporary shelter. Well, that is, if you can call our interaction “meeting” each other. More accurately, Angel cowered in the back of her crate while I gave her fresh food and water, and cleaned her crate around her. She had patches of missing hair and sores covered her skin. She was underweight and terrified of everything. The only word I could think of to describe Angel was “broken.” But even so, it was clear that she had a beautiful soul. I knew it would take a very special foster home to bring Angel back from the brink. Enter Kandice and Larry…
Angel went home with Kandice after a month at the emergency shelter. Kandice reports that as recently as a couple weeks ago, Kate has finally taught Angel how to play.
Agape and the dogs in their program are lucky to have foster parents like Kandice and Larry on their side. They are amazing, wonderful giving people with enormous hearts.
Last week, Kandice and Larry were in a bad motorcycle accident. We’d like to respect their privacy and not go into too much detail, but I can say that although Kandice has been released, Larry remains in the hospital. Agape is rallying the troops here in Nashville to find another foster home for Angel, so Kandice and Larry can focus all their energy on getting well.
If everyone could spare a few moments to send some positive energy their way, I’m sure Kandice and Larry could use it. If you would like to send some words of encouragement and support to these animal heroes, you can leave a note for them in the comments here, or you can mail them a card at the address below.
Kandice & Larry
c/o Agape Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 292766
Nashville, TN 37229-2766