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After 2 months at the Shelter, Jasper was Extremely Urgent

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

Jasper has spent the last 2 months in an outdoor kennel in a rural shelter, with just a plywood box to offer protection from the elements. This is a dog who is afraid of thunderstorms. Susan Merrill fell in love with him and she's been begging for a foster for him. Every time a storm rolls through, we cringe, thinking about the poor dogs in the outdoor shelter. Other dogs have gotten out, but we still didn't have a foster for Jasper.

Thankfully, we got a foster offer, and we were finally able to get him out of the shelter and take him into FUR. As Jasper stepped over the threshold of his new foster home, he had a full blown panic attack. We realized he'd never been inside a home before.

Sadly, way too many people keep their dogs outside 24/7 as "yard dogs," and apparently that's all Jasper had ever known. He spent the first night of his life in his new foster home, getting settled and learning how to live as a member of the family for the first time.

Thank you Joan Sosin, for once again doing a short notice transport to save a shelter dog, Valerie for coming up with a plan for a foster to get him out of the shelter, and Susan for not giving up on this sweet boy!

𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙬, 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮... Jasper is being fostered by Kelly and Michael Emilio and their kids: James, Charles, Eli and Kelsey. The Emilios adopted Nala from FUR in 2017, after she was adopted by someone else as a puppy and later returned a year later when her adopters got a divorce. With no place to go at the time, Nala was stuck in boarding for a while, but the Emilios were perfect for her and they adopted her. As it turned out, Nala was a challenging pup, but they stuck with her through the initial growing pains... slipping out the door and running around the neighborhood, chewing on everything in sight, and busting out of her crate.

Through it all, Nala is now just as sweet and happy as ever 6 years later. Nala loves everyone, and she welcomed her new foster brother Jasper into her home.

Their kids are also amazing, listening attentively to our safety briefings, helping with the introductions, and helping Jasper get settled in and comfortable. He’s still afraid to go through the door to go inside, and has no idea what the TV is, but that will come with time. We’re excited that Jasper is getting his new start with a fantastic foster family.

We love it when our adopters come back and foster, volunteer or adopt from us again. We're very grateful to everyone who opens their home to a rescue dog, whether to adopt, or foster or both. Thank you Kelly, Michael, James, Charles, Eli and Kelsey for fostering Jasper, and for being dedicated, patient adopters with Nala. We need more people like you!

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Florida Urgent Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and FUR earned a Four-Star Rating on Charity Navigator with a score of 100%, the highest possible rating. FUR also received a 2023 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency by Guidestar, and is a 2023 Top Rated Nonprofit on Great Nonprofits. Learn more about FUR at:


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