TEAM MILO is a wonderful community. The days are sometimes thrilling, sometimes mundane, yet working with animals is never dull, it is uniquely special as all the animals are, and always full of possibility and hope!
It truly takes a team to rescue, care for and find loving homes for the animals.
The kind-hearted and dedicated people who are Milo volunteers inspire us every day. Spending a few days or a few hours at the Milo Sanctuary, caring for the dogs and cats at Milo Point Richmond, assisting with expertise behind the scenes. Volunteers help get the animals where they need to go! Often from the shelters to Milo, from far away, and welcoming them with open arms when they arrive.
This past Monday was one of those long-journey days, when volunteers shined. Our friend Thoreau drove to Bakersfield and back transporting 23 dogs from the danger of being forever lost and forgotten, to the promise of loving homes. A great group of volunteers joined staff at Milo Point Richmond to meet them, give them assurance that they are safe, and tuck them in for their first night at Milo – or whisked off by some of our tried and true foster homes for a wonderful night of TLC and for some, like Peaches, grooming!
Caring fosters make it possible for Milo to rescue more animals. The opportunity for the animals to experience safety and love in a home is invaluable. Fosters take on all kinds of challenges, the stress of change, potty training, shyness or fear of new things and new people. But our fosters see the potential in the animals, nurture them, help them relax and be themselves – and get happy! What blossoms in the animals, when given this chance, is their unique and special selves, and we can share more helpful information with the many adopters waiting to meet them!
Adopters are the dream an animal might have during a cold night in a shelter, or that first night at Milo, the joyful destination after a sometimes long and difficult journey. The dream of having people to love completely, kids to play with, a pack to be a part of, new adventures and places to explore and lessons to learn. Animals who may have been mistreated, or are unsure of the world, become part of loving families. And sometimes, it is an animal who has to wait for that special someone to adopt – like Phoebe!