You never know where you’ll meet your furry family member. When you least expect it, you could find the one for you.
“We remember the day we adopted our dog, Cimmie, from Coming Home Rescue. We were in the Rockaway area shopping for a TV and we saw the adoption sign out front of PetSmart. So we decided to go in and just take a look,” Mike said.
“We saw Cimmie in the crate and our hearts melted. After a ten minute discussion, some paperwork reviewing, and a trip to the ATM we were approved to adopt Cimmie,” said Rebecca. “Cimmie’s foster, Marcia, was so helpful. She walked through the store with us when we were shopping for Cimmie because we never had a dog before.”
That was in in March of 2010. In 2011, Rebecca decided to volunteer and her husband, Mike, joined her efforts of saving dogs in New Jersey in May 2011.
“We adopted our Pomeranian, Cimmie, and were blessed to have him as part of our family. We wanted to help out other dogs just like Cimmie find their forever homes,” Mike said.
Rebecca and Mike lend a hand to Coming Home Rescue in a variety of ways: adoption events, fundraisers, they occasionally foster and both enjoy volunteering at special events like this year’s Halloween Dog Party and Costume Contest on October 28, 2012.
“We helped out with that last year,” Rebecca said. “It was so much fun seeing all the dogs in costume.”
In addition to his work with Coming Home Rescue, Mike has also been a volunteer board member for the townhome community we they have lived for two years. He is currently serving as treasurer.
They both feel that giving back is a worthwhile experience.
“Volunteering is a selfless way of helping others who can’t help themselves. Any big or little support that we offer to this organization [CHR] is tremendous because the end results are purely rewarding,” Mike said.
“Go out and do it! Every little bit you offer helps. Find something you have a passion for, whether it’s a dog rescue, planting trees in your local park, or being a big brother or big sister. Get more information about the organization and what their mission is,” Rebecca said.
And any rescue will tell you that having someone willing to open their doors and foster a dog is a huge benefit, not only for the organization, but for the dog as well. Fostering allows the dog to be in a safe and loving environment.
“We will never forget our first foster, Copter. He was a two-year-old terrier mix and had just been neutered when we took him into our home. He got along well with our ten-year-old Pomeranian, Cimmie,” Mike said.
“Copter had the cutest face and the floppiest ears, hence the name Copter. He stayed with us for about 3 weeks,” Rebecca said.
This dynamic duo really values being part of an organization that wants to help as many homeless dogs as they can.
“With the hundreds of thousands of dogs being euthanized in New Jersey, it makes me feel so good when I hear of a dog getting adopted,” Rebecca said. “And I love meeting new people and new dogs!”
And Mike agrees.
“Just knowing that my services to volunteering with a dog rescue will bring each dog we help one step closer to finding its forever home.”
These days Rebecca and Mike are embarking on a new adventure as they get ready to grow their family once again.
“This December we are adding a new member to our family,” Rebecca said.
“We’re expecting our first baby – a baby boy!” Mike said.
Interested in helping dogs find their forever homes? Fill out a volunteer application online or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-405-7221.