Few Steps From Home Animal Rescue INC.
Contact Information:
Few Steps From Home
PO BOX 1547
BAY CITY, MI 48706-0547
How you can help
If you can't afford to donate money and still want to help the animals, consider donating your time.  Do you love animals and have a few spare minutes a day or a few hours a month?   We always need volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Transportation help with animals to and from the vet
  • Help with home visits (training is provided!)
  • Help with dog training, socialization, and animal clean up
  • Cattery help, cat and kitten socialization and litter box clean up
  • Event help for the meet and greets and other events
  • Foster homes for dogs and cats, we supply the vet care, you supply the love

If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions please contact dogrescue0146@yahoo.com for more information on how to get started!
Out shopping for your own pets?  Consider picking up extra food or toys for donating to rescue!  Here are a few of the products/items that we are always in need of:
  • Dog and Cat food
  • Pet beds
  • Scratching posts for cats
  • Pee pads for puppies
  • Kongs for dogs
  • Old towels and blankets
  • Leather Leashes
  • Collars
  • Prepaid gasoline cards (to help transport animals)
  • Pet store gift certificates
  • Flea control, heartworm medicine or dog shampoo
Few Steps from Home operates solely on generous donations from people like you.  We appreciate any help you can provide toward vet bills and other urgent needs.  Please make checks out to "Few Steps From Home" and send all donations to:
P.O. BOX 1547
BAY CITY, MI 48706- 0547

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I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal. And I was angry.

"God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?"

God was silent for a moment, and then spoke softly, "I have done something," was the reply. "I created you."

-- Author Unknown

"Oh, I could never do that, it would break my heart to have them leave."

That's the first thing I hear when I tell someone that I foster for Few Steps From Home and I feared that myself.  I love my pets, they are like family to me, I spend a lot of time with them and become very attached.

I am not going to tell you that you will not grow attached to your dog or that it is easy to see them go but the benefits, the feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction that you are helping far out weigh the heartache.  In many cases the dog may have an issue...shyness or  fear that would keep him from being adopted, it is amazing how much a little love, exercise and socializing will do.  For me, the most heartwarming part is to see them blossom, their personalities emerge and there is nothing better than seeing a happy dog enjoying life. 

To My Foster Dog

I am the bridge between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new  life.

I am made of mush, because my heart melted when I saw you, matted and sore, limping, depressed, lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.

For one little time you are mine. I will feed you with my own hand
I will love you with my whole heart I will make you whole.

I am made of steel. Because when the time comes, when you are well, and sleek, when your eyes shine, and your tail wags with joy,
then comes the hard part. I will let you go--not without a tear,
but without a regret. For you are safe forever--
A new dog needs me now.                
by Diane Morgan

  1.  What do I have to do to become a foster parent?
A. First step is to fill out an application.
B. Meet with a FSFH representative at your home with all members of the household present.

  2. Where do the dogs come from?
Our dogs come from  humane societies/animal control/rescues, as strays, abuse/neglect situations.

  3.  Can I just foster small dogs?
We try to accommodate everyone's special requests for which dogs you like to foster.

  4.  What if  the foster dog and my pets do not get along?
We ask that you give it an honest try first, usually time resolves the issue.  If that doesn't work we will take the dog back and try to place with another foster family.

  5.  How long to I keep the foster dog?
Until it is adopted, usually several weeks, sometimes months, it varies dog to dog.

  6.  Do I keep receipts for dog food and misc. purchases?
No, we give you (crates, toys, leash and collar, meds). You will need to supply food unless we have enough food donations

  7.  Do I crate my foster dog?
Yes, for your safety and for the dogs.  This also helps when you place the dog in a new home to assure the new family that the dog is crate trained.

  8.  What if I want to adopt my foster dog?
We discourage that because the dogs need you.  Foster families are vital to our mission.  Most people foster because they are dog lovers and want to help. We want you to succeed and not become overburdened with too many dogs or not be able to continue to assist because you adopted a very adoptable dog.  It is important to remember that another dog needs your love and attention as badly as this one did.

  9.  How do I get the dog adopted?
The most important factor is getting your dog in front potential adopting families by attending our scheduled events

10.  What do I do when I go out of town?
We will board your foster dog or have another foster home dog sit, we just ask that you give us as much notice as possible especially over holidays as kennels fill up quickly.   
All of our rescued dogs and puppies are placed in foster homes until they are adopted.  It allows us to learn about the dog's personality,  strengths, and shortcomings. This enables us to better match and place the dog in a happy permanent home.

We are always in need of foster homes. Our dogs are usually in a foster home a few months at a time. The foster home is responsible for all aspects of caring for the foster dog.  Few Steps From Home pays for all veterinary fees, a crate if necessary and toys when we have them. 

Fostering a dog can be a rewarding experience for you and your family. If you have been considering adopting a dog, but are not ready to make that 10 to 15 year commitment, then fostering may be an attractive option for you. You will help a dog, meet some of the best people on the planet and get a feeling of need and fulfillment.  Imagine... the effort you make will be the difference between life and death.

If you are interested, please email
Heather at dogrescue0146@yahoo.com
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