Misty Bradbury

How long have you been volunteering for hart?
I started fostering for hart in the spring of 2012

What is your volunteer role within hart?
Prior to moving to BC, I was a foster parent and helped out with a few staycations. After moving to BC, I could no longer foster but still wanted to help such a wonderful group, so I gladly accepted a volunteer role helping out with the social media stuff.

What do you do when you are not volunteering?
When I'm not volunteering, my husband and I own a restaurant in Salmon Arm, BC, so I'm running that.

If you were a rescue dog, what kind would you be?
I would be the typical rescue dog. A mixed breed and smart as the dickens. I guess these dogs are so smart because they have to get used to living for themselves and being on their own and learning how to survive with little to no help. It sure doesn't take them long to catch on (most of the time :) )

Why do you volunteer with hart?
After investigating many great rescue groups, I found hart to be the best and have the closest values as my own. They are willing to do anything for these stray dogs to save their lives and give them a better home, no matter the cost. Their adoption policies show that they really care what kind of home the dog is going to be living in once it gets adopted, and if they don't agree that the home is the right fit for the dog's best interest, they are not afraid to say it. Everything is done with the dogs best interest.

What experience in hart made you realize you were making a difference?
All of my fosters! My first two fosters were a bonded pair, Rooster and Cooper. It was thought that they would have to be adopted out together as they were very close to each other. After fostering them for a little while, they grew quite independent of each other and were able to be adopted out separately and happily. My next foster, Rambo, came into harts care after being hit by a vehicle. Just a puppy, he was in pretty bad shape and was confined to crate rest for 6 weeks as well as a broken top and bottom jaw. No chewing toys for this puppy. Rambo healed and thrived and was adopted out to a great family. You can't even tell he was ever injured so badly as a pup! Essay was another foster that was a stray in the middle of a cold snap and had a real possibility of freezing to death with no home to come into. After fostering Essay, he was adopted to his forever home and is now one spoiled happy dog! I would have to say, my last foster, prior to my move to BC, Denali, was what affected me the most. Denali came in as a stray and was absolutely terrified of being in a house. He wouldn't make eye contact or move for days. He slowly came around with tiny baby steps, week after week. He learned to trust me and it was such a complete turn around from when he was first brought into care. I couldn't let this guy go after all we'd been through so he was my first foster failure and is with me for life now!

What advice would you have for someone who is considering volunteering?
Definitely try it. It is so rewarding to see the change in the dogs that you help, from when they are scared and weak to care-free and happily going to a forever home where they don't have to worry about where they will get their next meal or where they will sleep. If you're worried it will be too hard to let a foster dog go to a new home, don't. Just think, you have saved that one dog's life and now have an opening and opportunity to save one more. And if you happen to become a foster failure......you've still saved a life!