2016 Starts off with a BANG at Home FurEver

Well, we are only 4 days into 2016 and we are already in over our head. Well, not really, but it certainly did start off with a bang. In just 4 days we have taken in more than a dozen dogs and several are pretty ill. 2 requiring emergency services.

Most of these dogs are from the same pack of dogs we have been monitoring for several months. It’s a pretty bad neighborhood in Detroit, and sadly human life isn’t valued very much there, let alone a dog’s life. So this pack of dogs was never looked after by anyone, never really fed by anyone and certainly not loved by anyone. Well, no one but us.

When we got word about these dogs we went and checked it out to see what we could do. To check to see if there was any sort of pattern to their day and see if there were any needing immediate medical assistance. It was pretty obvious that these dogs had quite a radius they traveled and it would be difficult to track their moves without all hands on deck. Luckily, we have several volunteers that have been able to check on these dogs over the past several months, so we did make some headway.  Making several trips to the neighborhood over several months, we were able to save 14 dogs and 10 cats.

First on the list to be rescued were a couple of puppies. They were fairly easy to “grab” and transition into loving, healthy, happy dogs. Their foster mom named them Kellin and Kamrin. 2 very handsome pups, by the way.12019903_10153062196965334_180066863284980511_n

The parents and their friends proved to be a little more difficult. They knew where to dart, where to hide and how not to be seen. It was several months later when we picked up the next dog we now call Prairie. Another dog taken off the street, and won’t reproduce. Prairie is a very sweet girl and is making so much progress into being a dog, a pet, a member of the family. 12390853_1098282786872420_6594652134178309414_n












It would be another three weeks before we were able to “grab” the fourth dog from this pack. This guy was in trouble. He had some type of severe injury on his leg that created a massive infection and prevented him from getting around very easily. 10556468_773870606051856_2501456159554978113_nWe decided to call him McNichols. He put up one heck of a fight, but man oh man did he come around. He is now at the vet and is pretty sick. He has eye infections, the massive infection, a high fever and may lose his leg. The vet doesn’t know if he was shot or if this was from a bite wound. We are trying everything we can to save his leg, but we are in a holding pattern. We are now waiting for the cytology to come back to see how we can better fight his infection. 1937153_1106142542753111_6975899753218239262_n

The last 10 dogs were much more of a challenge. It was mom, dad and their 8 newborn puppies. Where in the world were we going to put 10 dogs? Mom and dad are so bonded, we couldn’t possibly remove them from the only thing they know and separate them. That would be so cruel. But we had no where for them to go. So they had to stay out in the cold until we could find a place, even a temporary place for them. The neighborhood at this point was letting us know that we were no longer welcome there and things were becoming desperate. 946454_1106457746054924_3853827910180240226_n

After several sleepless nights, one of our amazing foster homes stepped up and offered her basement to this family. They are now safe and warm. Their babies won’t freeze to death and no one will starve or get hit by a car or shot. None of these dogs will add to the pet overpopulation. None of these dogs will suffer another day in their lives.

We are so grateful that not only do we have such an amazing group of volunteers, but we have an amazing group of supporters that help us along the way. We can’t thank you enough for your generous financial support and your kind words of encouragement.

We are still trying to raise money for McNichols care. You can purchase of our Love… Tees and a very generous donation is made toward our vet bills. Click the link below to take a look.

Did you know you can save a Home FurEver dog with these tees?


What do fosters really need? Make your donation count!

While we’re certainly grateful for all donations, there are some items that can really make a difference for our foster homes. Thinking about making a donation? Consider one of these items!

Quality, Built-To-Last Toys

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Sure, cheap-o toys can be a ton of fun for the few minutes they take to tear up, but spending a few more dollars on a toy that will last for days, weeks, or even months offers a lot more opportunities for fun, distraction, and comfort. Brands such as Nylabone, Kong, Varsity Ball, Gouhnuts, and JW manufacture toys that are meant to last, even with the strongest chewers.

Healthy Treats


We care about our dogs’ health and diets. Feeding made-in-china milk bones when we could feed US made, fresh-ingredient treats is like eating candy when we could eat fruit. Brands like Zukes, Fruitables, Natural Balance, Wellness, and many other brands who make quality dog food offer great-quality treats.

Cleaning Supplies


Dogs can be messy. Items such as carpet cleaner, bleach, spray bottles, paper towel, and scrub brushes make life a lot easier for our awesome foster parents.

Baby Wipes


Remember when we said that dogs are messy? Baby wipes (or puppy wipes!) make cleaning messy paws and drool-drenched fur much easier.

Pill Pockets


A lot of our dogs are recovering from illness or surgery. Pill Pockets make giving medication a breeze.

First Aid Supplies


Accidents happen. Dogs get cuts and scrapes just like the rest of us. Some of our dogs come to us with bigger injuries, too, such as punctures or surgical wounds. Items such as antibacterial ointment or spray, vet wrap, gauze, and peroxide help speed up the healing process.

Cooling Vests and Mats


Some of our dogs are extra-sensitive to the summer heat. Cooling vests and mats help keep them comfortable at home and at adoption events.

Heated Dog Beds


Not that we want to think about it this time of year, but it won’t be long before the cold months are upon us again. Heated beds are great during the harsh winter months and year-round for seniors with sore joints.

Collapsible Crates


We use collapsible crates at both our adoption events and in our foster homes. They get a lot of abuse in transport though, and frequently need to be replaced. We use medium and large sizes most often.

Strong, Quality Collars


Our dogs’ safety is of utmost importance. We use sturdy collars with metal buckles, martingales, and quality-made training collars to keep our dogs safe when walking at home or at events.

Ready to donate?

The easiest way to donate is through our Amazon Wishlist! You don’t even have to leave your computer- simply visit our list, purchase an item, and it is sent straight to our door! Click here to visit our wishlist.

Donations can always be made in person as well. We happily accept both new and gently used items. Visit us at one of our adoption events (click here to view our calendar) or email us at homefurever@gmail.com to arrange pick-up during the week with one of our volunteers.

Things We Love V1

Welcome to our new series, Things We Love. We are dog people; we own dogs, we foster dogs, we rescue dogs. We are always using new products and checking out new fads for our canine friends and we’re here to share with you the Things We Love!

1. Taste of the Wild
Taste of the WildA fish protein, grain-free formula with sweet potatoes provides highly digestible energy for your sensitive dog. Made with real smoked salmon, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this fish and potato formula delivers natural antioxidants to help give your friend a healthy lifestyle. Your dog craves a taste of the wild. This food rates very high on the various rating sites available. And our dogs love it.

To learn more about Taste of the Wild, click here.



2. Stainless Steel ID Sliders

Stainless Steel Slider ID TagAn ID tag on your dog’s collar is a life saver. It is the easiest and fastest way to get your dog home, should he or she ever get out. We love these stainless steel sliders for a few reasons.

  1.  An engraving on a stainless steel tag lasts a lot longer than the engraving you will find on an aluminum tag you find at your local pet store.
  2. There are no flimsy rings to attach to the collar. These ID sliders go on the collar itself.
  3. There is no chance of these sliders getting stuck in the crate and potentially injuring your dog.

These are great tags too for those that don’t like the constant clang of their pet’s ID tag. To learn more about the stainless steel ID slider, Click Here.

3. Buckle Style Collars

Buckle Style Dog CollarsIt seems the original buckle style dog collar is becoming a little harder to find. Most companies now-a-days use the cheap plastic clasps to close their collars. The problem with the clasp collars is that the clasps are usually very cheaply made and will break, leaving your dog without an ID tag. Do yourself and your dog a favor and spend a little bit of time looking for the buckle variety. You can find several here Click Here

4. Varsity Balls

Varsity BallsOk, these things are cool. They are indestructible and can entertain your dog for hours. Dogs can’t really get their mouths around it so the ball just bounces around the yard with your dog chasing behind. Seriously, hours of entertainment and hours of energy burned for your dog. Charge your video camera, because this will be hilarious. Check them out by Clicking Here

5. Bad Air Odor Sponge

Bad Air SpongeYES! These are great. Just pop this bad boy somewhere in your house, like around the dog bed, mud room, by the crate or anywhere else you’ve noticed a little funk. They seriously EAT the smell away. The Bad Air Sponge can even help eat the tough smell of urine. Get it by Clicking Here!

Alma’s Second Chance.

_PAS3404It was a chilly winter night, and cars were zooming all around me. A nice man was throwing bread to me, trying to get me out of the street, but I was too nervous to go to him. A car pulled over and a lady got out. She asked the nice man if I was his, and he said no, so the lady walked into the street towards me. Suddenly, a bus came flying past- the lady thought that it had hit me, but it must have missed me by mere inches. The lady quickly got a leash around my neck and helped me into her car before anyone else could hit me. She took me home, cleaned me up, and gave me a name- Alma.


The lady noticed right away that my face wasn’t symmetrical. Everyone thought it was cute, the lady included, but she was a little worried that something might be wrong. My back was swayed and my tummy stretched out- the lady worried that I was pregnant, but an x-ray showed that I only had a hernia and was just a little gassy. Oops! The Lady thinks I probably had a lot of babies in my former life, though. I had sores and abrasions all over my legs, I was missing patches of fur, and my nails were way too long. I got to see two different vets in the first few days, and they gave me some medicine to help me start feeling better.

_PAS4835Things were wonderful for a few days- I got so much love from the lady and her friends, three meals a day, and a warm bed to sleep in. Then ‘the incident’ happened. The lady says no one knows for sure what happened, but the vet thought it may have been a stroke. I lost all muscle control in my face, and I was disoriented and couldn’t keep my balance. The lady’s friend drove us an hour away to the emergency vet in the middle of the night- we didn’t get home until after 3 am. I slept the entire next day, and seemed a lot perkier after that. Then my leg started giving out.


It happened slowly at first, then all at once. I couldn’t use my back left leg at all. It would drag behind me, and the lady had to put a bootie on it because I tore a big wound in my foot. I saw a few more vets, and it was determined that I suffer from neurological issues. A paralyzed muscle in my face gives me my adorable droop. The neurologist said my leg has delayed response, maybe caused by an old injury since my ankle doesn’t bend. He said that there wasn’t too much that he could do, but to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn’t get worse. Unfortunately, I did.
11150977_10153302690183945_6241873452225837152_nA few weeks later, it happened again. Now my back right leg wasn’t working right, and I couldn’t walk. The lady carried me everywhere (I’m almost 60 lbs and weigh half as much as the lady does- I wore her out!) and had to hold me up to go potty. She says I’m her girl through and through- stubborn as can be and don’t want help from anyone! I was so frustrated that I couldn’t stand or walk on my own. I was still in good spirits, though, until a few days later. I was crying in pain and seemed so miserable, so off to the vet we went again. And once again, we didn’t get a lot of answers. I got put on yet another round of medication and sent back home.

_PAS6402The lady says I must have known that she and Marilyn, the wonderful lady who runs HFE, were talking about getting me a wheel chair. It had been over a week since I had stood up on my own, let alone walked. The lady came home, and there I was standing at the gate of my room waiting for her. She thought maybe it was a fluke and tried not to get too excited. But the next day, I was up and about, hopping along on three legs again. Maybe it was a miracle- my back right leg was working again.

11208678_10153328791433945_552187229_nIt’s been a couple weeks now, and I’m getting around pretty well again. My left back leg still drags behind, but I don’t let it stop me. A very nice woman donated a wheelchair for me to use when I need it. The lady doesn’t let me wear it around the house so that I don’t lose the strength that is left in my right back leg, but I wear it when we go out so that I can have fun with the lady and my foster brother.

_PAS8592For now, we’re taking things day by day. I’m happy and doing well, but the lady and everyone else at HFE would really love some answers about my health issues. I have now seen five vets (including one specialist), been on seven different medications, and will likely need more visits and tests to stay on track for a long, happy, healthy life. If you’d like to help HFE cover the costs of my care, please visit my online fundraiser at http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/funds-for-alma/341778

Sweet as Sugar

Sugar was surrendered to Home FurEver with her buddy Avi, an older chihuahua. While they got along just fine and cuddled from time to time, they were not super attached to each other. Her foster’s recently retired father, who was “never” going to have a dog again, fell in love with Avi and adopted him. That left Sugar to find a home of her very own.  2015-03-27 20.59.22 sugar

Sugar is about 3-4 years old. She loves to snuggle. It’s her favorite thing to do. She nuzzles right under the blanket to lay next to her foster mom’s legs or between them, on the couch and in bed at night. She has very soft fur, especially her ears. She is very low energy and does not require a lot of exercise, just a short walk every day like every dog deserves. She will run around in the yard a little bit on her own when she goes outside.  2015-03-15 21.12.35 sugar

While Sugar is laid back and loves the couch or bed (wherever her person is), she can be an anxious girl. She gets very excited when she decides that it’s time to eat and when her people get home. She bounces up and down, it’s really funny. She LOVES her food and dives into the bowl as its set it down. She needs to work on patience! She is not a fan of other dogs, but can learn to tolerate small dogs. She gets nervous when they are playing as she does not like all of the activity around her. Sometimes she tries to play but she doesn’t really know how. She likes to play with toys but doesn’t want anyone to touch the toys or her when she is playing.  2015-03-13 18.09.58 sugar

Our favorite things about Sugar are her funny sound effects and mannerisms.  She has a growl that kind of sounds like the duck from the Geico commercial (the one where he is doing yoga). She is perfectly capable of jumping onto the couch or taking the doggy stairs to her foster’s bed, but she has a hard time figuring it out most of the time and stares up with a pathetic little look as she bounces up and down until she’s picked up.  2015-04-13 08.53.33 sugar

Sugar is not crated at her foster’s house. She doesn’t need to be as she doesn’t get into anything. She would do best in a home as the only dog or with another small dog who leaves her alone. She is a sweet dog who deserves a chance.  Are you willing to give her one? 2015-04-19 11.07.12 sugar

To learn more about Sugar, click here: http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/12093201-detroit-michigan-miniature-pinscher-mix

To learn more about our adoption process and how to meet Sugar, click here: http://www.homefurever.com/

Help Us Help the Dogs.

Can’t adopt, but want to help the homeless dogs of Detroit? Here are 10 ways to help!

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1.Foster! We can only save as many dogs as we have room for. When you become a foster parent, you literally save the life of a homeless dog. Read more about our foster program at https://homefureverrescue.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/fostering-faqs/
2. Volunteer! We always need help walking dogs, puppy sitting, setting up, tearing down, and working with potential adopters at our Saturday adoption events. Fill out a volunteer questionnaire to get started. http://www.clicktohelphomefurever.com/volunteer.html
3. Purchase a shirt through Hendrick & Co. through our link, and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to HFE. http://hendrickboards.com/save-mattie?tracking=517808417e8ff&utm_source=mattie&utm_medium=hb-mattie&utm_campaign=mattie

4. Purchase an item through RESQTHREADS though our link, and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to HFE.

5. FREE! Take your dog for a walk! Download the ResQwalk app, select Home Fur-Ever as your rescue, and track your walks, and a donation will be made to HFE.

6. Sign up for a BarkBox pupscription! Use code HFERBBX at checkout and a donation will be made to HFE!

7. Make your first purchase from Chewy.com through our link, and a $20 donation will be made to HFE (new customers only).

8. FREE! Add Home Fur-Ever as your charity on your Kroger Rewards card. Use code 91146.

9. FREE! Add Home Fur-Ever as your charity on Goodsearch.com and earn a donation for HFE with every search!

10. Make a 100% tax deductible donation through one of our Youcaring fundraisers.

Fostering FAQs

Interested in fostering but have questions about our program? Read on!

What is fostering? How is it different from adopting? Foster families care for a dog while the dog searches for his forever home. Foster homes are temporary, but treat the dog like a member of the family. Adoption is forever.

What are the requirements to foster? Foster programs vary between organizations. Here at Home Fur-Ever, our foster families must offer a loving and safe environment and be responsible pet owners. We also require fosters to bring their dogs to our weekly Saturday adoption events. At this time, we typically rotate between the Troy and Roseville Petco, with the occasional special event within the metro Detroit area.

Can I still foster if I can’t make it to Saturday events? Why are adoption events so important anyway? Adoption events are vital to finding forever homes. Since HFE is foster based and does not have a shelter or facility, events are the only time for potential adopters to meet our dogs, and the only time that we accept applications. We strongly believe that potential adopters need to meet the dog that they are interested in before applying to ensure that there is a connection and that the dog and family are a good match for each other. If you can’t make it to every single event, that’s okay- we have a great network of fosters and volunteers that are happy to help with transport if possible. If you know that you will never be able to make any events, however, we will likely suggest that you look for an organization that fits your schedule better. We do occasionally have dogs that do not need to attend adoption events right away, such as dogs who are pregnant or have Heartworm, Parvo, or another illness/injury. In these cases, we may accept a foster who cannot attend events but can care for the dog throughout treatment.


Do I have to stay at the event all day? No, but we strongly recommend it. Potential adopters often have questions that only a dog’s foster will know, and they love to have a chance to speak with fosters. If you are unable to stay, though, you are welcome to drop off before noon and pick up at four.

How much does fostering cost? We do our best to keep fostering as low cost as possible. At HFE, we cover all medical care, from routine vaccinations to emergency care. We can also provide food and other supplies (crate, toys, etc) to fosters who cannot afford to purchase these things themselves.

How long does a dog typically stay in foster care? Unfortunately, there is no black and white answer to this question. We can never predict how long a particular dog will be with us. Some dogs may be with us for just a few weeks, others are with us for months or longer. A good rule of thumb is to prepare for at least four months- but this is by no means a set rule. There are certainly factors that we cannot control that effect a dog’s adoptability- age, breed, size, etc- as well as factors that we can control, which will be discussed below.

What is a foster’s day to day responsibilities? What do “above and beyond” foster families do? Aside from providing the basic care that any dog needs (food, shelter, affection, etc), fosters should be prepared to provide basic training and socialization. Many dogs, especially puppies, will need help with house training and basic commands, such as sit. Fosters must also keep an open communication with HFE’s director and social media team so that we are all on the same page about events, vaccination schedules, etc. The best fosters are those who do everything possible to make their dog as adoptable as possible. This may include socialization with people or animals that are not already in your home- kids and people of all ages and sizes, other dogs of all ages and sizes, cats, etc. They expose the dog to as many new situations as possible- car rides, boat rides, pet-friendly public spaces (for dogs who are fully vaccinated), music and noises, etc. The best fosters provide ample information for their dog’s website bio as well as pictures and videos that may be shared on our social media sites- the more there is for a potential adopter to see and read, the more likely your dog will get adopted.


Are fosters a part of the adoption interview process? Fosters know their dogs best. We ask that you are open and honest about your dog’s strengths and weaknesses, personality traits and habits, energy level, and compatibility with other people and animals so that we can match him with the perfect forever family. Although official interviews and home visits are conducted by trained volunteers only (these volunteers have a lot of experience and a keen eye for red flags), we strongly encourage fosters to stick around at events to speak with potential adopters and to meet with an approved adopter at the time of adoption. Many of our fosters will provide the adoptive family with a note about the dog’s daily routine and habits, their contact information to keep in touch over the years (we all LOVE updates on our former fosters), and a blanket or toy that will give the dog comfort as he settles into his new home.

What if my foster dog has behavioral problems? No dog is perfect. It is not uncommon to run into a minor behavioral problem such as chewing, marking, digging, jumping etc based on a dog’s age or background. But do not fear! We have a great team of volunteers and fosters with a TON of experience with behavior and health issues of all kinds that can help you work through any issue. We do occasionally have dogs with behavioral issues that may require a foster with more dog experience or a strong hand- if a dog has any known issues before coming to your home, they will be communicated.


Will I need to alter my liability insurance policy to become a foster? Will my foster need to be licensed with my city? Does my foster dog count towards my city dog limit? Although all valid questions, there is no straight answer. Every insurance company, home owner’s association, and city has different rules and policies, which we encourage you to research.

What if my city has BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)? Will this limit who I can foster? Yes. We cannot place any dog that resembles a ‘pit-type’ dog in any city or community that has legislation against them, whether it is a foster or adoptive situation. Many cities base breed on site identification alone, not the breed listed on their paperwork. Want to learn more about BSL? Check out http://www.makemichigannext.com

How do you manage the feelings of loss that may come when you have to let the foster go? Seeing our fosters go to a forever home is always bittersweet. It’s completely normal to feel some sadness and even shed a tear or two, but take comfort in knowing that we do everything possible to ensure that our dogs are only going to the very best, most loving homes. Fosters are encouraged to stay in contact with adopters- many adopters are more than happy to provide pictures and updates over the years. Letting one foster go also means that you can help another dog in need. When you foster, you are truly saving a life, and there’s nothing better than that.

What if I want to adopt my foster dog? Am I automatically approved? Do I still have to pay a fee? Fosters go through the same adoption process as everyone else. An application, interview, vet check, home visit, adoption fee, and adoption contract will all still be required. Have a question that hasn’t been answered? Comment below or email us at HomeFurEver@Gmail.com