Foster Pet of the Day

Photo submitted by Dottie Berzins

Photo submitted by Dottie Berzins

Submitted by reader Dottie who writes:

Gemma was found emaciated, dragging a heavy tow chain with wounds on her body, in Roseville, east of Detroit. She was taken off the streets by a woman who couldn’t keep her and she was on her way to Michigan Humane. Saw her on Facebook and another woman offered a temporary foster until finder could get her into rescue if someone could transport. That’s where I got involved. Since then, I have paid to have her vetted, brought up-to-date on vaccinations and had her spayed. She was heartworm negative and is now on preventative.

Gemma has been with her “temporary foster” for almost three months now and the finder has pretty much dropped out of the picture. She has gained weight, is learning some basic commands and some “house manners”. We figured she was chained outside for her entire 3 – 4 years.

She’s been around dogs and cats, no problems with either. She LOVES people! She has an exuberance for life and would probably need to be with older children since she could knock over tiny ones without meaning to hurt them.

Gemma is with a foster in southwestern lower Michigan but I am willing to transport (I live about 2 hours away). I would likely be the contact since I’ve taken on a lot of the responsibility for finding her rescue/foster/adopter. I’m in touch with her foster and have visited her once. The biggest issue now is that her foster pulls seniors and “unadoptables” and Gemma is neither, so they can’t help any other dogs. They love her, but she is more than ready for her forever home.

If you are able to foster Gemma or are interested in adopting her, please leave a comment for Dottie on this post. And please share her post in your social media circles so Gemma can find her special person. Thank you.

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20 Comments

  1. Clarice

     /  May 26, 2015

    I am unable to access this post via the link in the email. “Page not found” Is it just me?

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    • I’m not an email subscriber (!) so I can’t say. I’m sorry if there is some kind of problem accessing the post. I really want Gemma to have a chance to be seen and shared.

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      • Clarice

         /  May 26, 2015

        This is the message, “The page you were looking for could not be found. If you followed a link on this site to get here, please contact the administrator so it can be corrected.”

      • db

         /  May 26, 2015

        I am a complete computer dummy. What link in what email is not working? I have been emailing with Shirley and she took care of creating and posting on here. I don’t even see a link in the thread. Sorry to be so dense, but I want Gemma to be shared, too.

    • db

       /  May 26, 2015

      If you want to share, can you do a cut and paste?

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      • Clarice

         /  May 26, 2015

        The email that notifies subscribers to this blog that there is a new post

      • db

         /  May 26, 2015

        Thanks, I don’t use that feature.

  2. db

     /  May 26, 2015

    Not sure what you are referring to.

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  3. I was thinking about this last night and I think I know what the problem was. For whatever reason, this post originally posted showing Monday’s date. I corrected it, right after posting, to Tuesday’s date. That must have mucked up the link in the email notification for subscribers who receive those.

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  4. db

     /  May 28, 2015

    Not even a comment about what a beautiful dog she is . . . this is what has happened for 3 months. What will it take for this girl to find her forever home?

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    • Clarice

       /  May 28, 2015

      Do you know any rescue groups that could do a courtesy listing for Gemma? That may make it easier for her forever family to find her. She is a beautiful girl and her family is out there. They just haven’t met yet.

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      • db

         /  May 28, 2015

        She actually has been posted several times by different Detroit area rescues. She is now backed by one in the Battle Creek area, but no fosters available through them. Thanks for posting . . . it gets very frustrating and demoralizing to have so little response.

  5. I wish there were a better photo of her. Something showing her eyes. People connect with eyes.

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    • db

       /  May 29, 2015

      I agree, but since she isn’t with me I have no control over this. This photo was a huge improvement over others they’ve sent me. Maybe I need to go visit her and take some more.

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      • I think that that would be worth it, db.

        I help market my shelter’s animals and there is NOTHING like a good photo to get an adopter interested. It helps if the photo shows something of the personality – just SOMETHING for people to connect with and want to learn more about the dog’s story.

        In this photo, you can’t even see the girl’s eyes or face properly, so no one is going to connect with her. She’s “just a dog” in this shot.

        A goofy face with a toy in her mouth, being petted by a kid (or an elderly person), sitting next to a cat – SOMETHING that illustrates what a nice girl she is that will help people think, “Hey, that looks like a dog I’d want in my home!”

        These guys -http://www.mercysdoorpetrescue.org/adoptables.html do a nice job with photos, just to give you some ideas.

      • db

         /  May 29, 2015

        Thanks for your honest assessment and suggestions. I guess I will have to take a road trip and see if I can get some better shots of Gemma.

  6. db

     /  June 4, 2015

    Road trip today to visit Gemma. She was so excited to be out of her kennel that she wasn’t interested in the toys I took her, or in sitting still for any pictures. If you want to see her latest pictures, please go to this link:

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  7. db

     /  June 4, 2015

    The others can be seen if you click on my facebook profile.

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  8. Here are the 3 new pix I see:

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