Tonawanda News — Ruest does a complete physical exam, checking for a variety of ailments from heart murmurs to skin or ear infections.
After being cleared by the vet the animals are free to be adopted to good homes. As of now, aside from continuing to bring in more animals in need of a home, Heart of Niagara has two main goals. The first is to find people to foster the animals until they are adopted.
“It’s a common problem,” van Harssel said. “You can never have enough fosters, you can always have more because there are always more animals than there are people who can take care of them.”
Another more long-term goal they have is to find a building they can use to shelter animals.
“There is always a need for more fosters,” van Harssel said. “But having a shelter would make the whole process much easier, instead of having to arrange a meeting with a potential adoptive family, and picking up the animal from the foster family, people looking to adopt a pet can come to us and it makes meeting the animals easier.”
The ladies at Heart of Niagara have since received their second transport of dogs from the South, who have all been examined by Ruest and placed with fosters.
For more information, Heart of Niagara can be reached at 345-7129 or online at www.heartofniagara.org or on Facebook at Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, Inc.