Foster Function: Ning Pan – Animal Rescue League of Boston


ARL foster mum or dad and volunteer Ning Pan has traveled all through the world, and is at present working in the direction of the objective of touring to all 50 states (with solely 4 states left to go)! However certainly one of her favourite locations to journey is to ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Middle.

Ning began volunteering in October of 2021 on the suggestion of a co-worker. Having just lately misplaced her beloved rescue canine Eva in 2020, Ning was prepared for some animal love in her life once more. Pretty quickly in her volunteer journey, Ning seen the vital want for foster households, and determined that fostering may very well be a great first step to welcoming canines again into her and her household’s on a regular basis lives.

Her first foster expertise was with Kaylee and Macie, two senior Rat Terrier mixes. She took them residence simply earlier than the vacations, and so they remained in her take care of 7-weeks earlier than they had been adopted collectively to a loving new household.

Since these first two fosters, Ning has fostered six extra canines! One among which was a “foster fail”, Buddy. “Foster fail” is an affectionate time period for when a foster mum or dad adopts their foster animal. However after all, it’s by no means a failure when an animal finds a loving residence, which was the case for Buddy! Buddy was initially adopted by another person, however then needed to be returned resulting from a household emergency. When he got here again to ARL, Ning knew that he was meant to be a everlasting member of her household, and so they made it official by adopting him the identical day he got here again.

After adopting Buddy, Ning has continued to foster. At the moment, she is fostering a canine concerned in an energetic regulation enforcement investigation. This explicit canine has been in ARL’s care since Could of 2022, and has been in Ning’s take care of over 6-months now!

Ning with her dog, Buddy, outside

Ning with her dog, Buddy, giving belly scratches outside of ARL's Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center

Legislation enforcement circumstances involving animals can take a very long time to resolve, so having a foster who is ready to present that animal with a protected place to land whereas they await launch to adoption is totally invaluable. Foster houses scale back stress for the animals and permits them some reprieve from shelter life, and on the similar time, it opens up the power to take care of extra animals in want. That is a part of what motivates Ning to proceed fostering.

Regardless that many individuals might ask her, “how will you do it”, “don’t you fall in love with them”, and “isn’t it unhappy” when requested about fostering. Ning is fast to elucidate how the success of the life-saving influence that foster care has for animals in want far outweighs any disappointment she might really feel saying goodbye to an animal. She additionally retains in contact with the adopters of lots of her fosters, and receives completely happy updates that assist fill her cup with hope for different animals in want.

We’re so grateful to Ning for all that she does for animals in want, like Buddy and the 6 different fosters which have come and gone by her residence. She makes a lot life-saving work doable, and for that we’re eternally grateful.

Study extra about fostering and volunteering at ARL.


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