A Place for US provides a loving home environment for dogs (usually
no more than four at a time) who have come from both local shelters or
pounds and from the New York City municipal shelter NYCACC) and sometimes
from private owners who need to give up their dog. Before arriving at
Bonnie's house in South Egremont, MA, dogs are spayed or neutered (if
they've not already been fixed), microchipped, and given all necessary
vaccinations, including kennel cough.
At Bonnie's, dogs live as members of the family. They sleep in cushioned
crates in several bedrooms and have the run of the house. Dog doors, various
gates, two separate living quarters, and an acre and a half of above ground
fencing make life almost ideal for everyone. Most dogs go for hikes on
local trails, ride in the car, and socialize with friends and neighbors
(including kids whenever possible). In addition, we try to introduce each
dog to the local's vet's cat in an effort to determine whether the rescue
dog could live safely with cats.
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After about two weeks, most foster dogs are
ready to be placed on the active list for adoption. Potential owners
are chosen, not on a first come basis, but according to who would
offer the very best home.
People are welcome to make an appointment to visit any of the
dogs, walk them, take them for car rides, even take them home
for a trial visit.
Prospective adopters are asked to fill out an application form
and waiver of responsibility and are asked to agree to a home
visit before any dog is permanently placed.
I usually suggest that people contribute $150.00 to cover operating and
/or vet expenses. The new owner will, of course, be given all relevant
medical records, microchip tags and vacinnation certificates. Donations
to help meet these and other costs are gratefully accepted.
I try to keep abreast of adoptable dogs at local shelters and am happy
to tell people what dog is available where. I keep a list of who is looking
for what type of dog and will call potential adopters when the breed or
mix they're interested in turns up at the shelters.
in South Egremont, Mass., just off Route 23, near Gt.
Barrington in the Berkshires.