While taking this program, I’ve learned the importance of being involved in the community. Not only will volunteering offer you new experiences, but it will put a lot into perspective. Regardless of which organization you choose to participate with, you will experience a sense of fulfillment for contributing your time to a cause.
|Our first foster from Ugly Mutts, Izzy|
Thanks to my roommates, this year I was introduced to an amazing organization called Ugly Mutts. This organization works diligently to rescue stray dogs, and find them stable, loving, permanent homes with committed families throughout Ontario. An important program within this organization is the Foster Program. Each month dogs are rescued, and before they can be adopted, they need a foster family. I am lucky enough to have been involved in this process.
How might this be relevant to my money-saving blog you ask? Well, Ugly Mutts provides everything needed to foster a dog waiting to be adopted. The organization provides everything from dishes and food, to toys and crates. This is a process that costs absolutely no money out of pocket. If you’re like me and have the most handsome ten-year-old chocolate lab named Maverick at home who you miss dearly and know you can’t afford your own dog because you have $18,000 in student debt, this is a fantastic experience for you. After we receive our foster, we are responsible to create a profile of their personality and behaviour, which is then posted through the organization’s website, and the fosters are adopted.
Although we may only have them for a short time, these dogs bring so much joy and happiness into our student house. This experience is great for students, or anyone for that matter, who has the time and love to give to these dogs. Most lease agreements state no pets, but if your landlords are anything like mine, you’ll never see them anyways.
|Our current foster, Gram|