A beautiful photo of a goodbye hug sparked up social media yesterday – and provided a powerful reminder of the importance of fostering animals.
Lionel’s Legacy posted on its Facebook page yesterday:
There is no greater gift than the love and admiration of a dog! Here is Alex having a super snuggle fest with his foster dog Mufasa. That’s right, I said foster. Why the tight grip??? Well, although Alex deeply loves Mufasa, he is preparing to say goodbye. Mufasa will be going to his foster-to-adopt family on Friday and will be starting a new journey with them.”
Alex Fuller responded on Facebook yesterday:
Thank you for the kind words! We are very privileged to have been able to foster Mufasa/Goji the past 2 months. We know his new home will be better suited for his needs and they are close enough to visit. Thanks Lionel’s Legacy for everything you guys do to create possibilities like this.”
Lionel’s Legacy emphasized the importance of foster families for animals, stating: “The role of a FOSTER is extremely selfless and giving in nature. As a FOSTER, you are opening your home to provide love and care for another. There are so many rewards to fostering, but also additional responsibilities.”
The organization stated: “With senior dogs, the dedication is ten-fold at times and can even be exhausting. These animals rely on us to be there for them, when they keep us up at night, are picky about food, won’t take their medications, have accidents, or have grumpy behaviors. In the end, we have to say goodbye to them whether it be to cross the rainbow bridge or to find their furever family.
“The bond that is formed is a special one and as pet lovers we all know how it feels to say goodbye. Our fosters do it so gracefully knowing that it’s not about them but about providing their foster dog with the best for the time they share together.”
Please join the Seattle Pets Examiner in thanking Lionel’s Legacy for their work in helping senior dogs find loving homes. To learn more about the organization, visit its website here.
Lionel’s Legacy added:
Thank you to all of our foster families each and every day! Mufasa is fortunate to go from one loving home to another! We can’t imagine it any other way!”
Check out the video of Mufasa’s rescue and transformation here.
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