Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue is a non-profit (501(c)(3) foster based canine rescue located in Newport, TN. Each of our rescue dogs are cared for by a loving foster family as we help them on their journey to a forever home. In addition to saving as many lives as we possibly can, we also hope to bring awareness to the need to have pets spayed and neutered to stop the cycle of the homeless animals.
Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue has been established in part to recognize and honor the work of Jenifer Parry Steele who has worked tirelessly since 2003 to save thousands of animals from Newport and Cocke County. We, the fosters and volunteers, are proud to be part of this amazing group working to save lives! We welcome all who will join us.
Why Foster Care?
Steele Away Home is a foster based dog rescue because fostering produces better trained, better socialized dogs than shelters. This makes them far more adoptable. We desperately need the help of people who will provide temporary home foster care for our dogs.
What Is Animal Foster Care?
Animal fostering is similar to human foster care in that you provide a loving, safe, temporary environment for animals in need. We provide the food, kennel, and medications; you supply the place and the love.
Is Fostering For You?
You have a love of animals and are thinking of helping but you’re unsure about whether you can “handle” fostering. Here are some common concerns:
- I don’t know if I have time. If you are successfully caring for pets of your own, you have time. A foster animal will take little more of your time, and what extra time you do put into training and loving them will be greatly rewarded in personal satisfaction.
- I don’t know if I can afford it. While it is true that you will need to provide some basic equipment: dishes for water and food, a fenced area or a tether for outside time and some basic grooming equipment (which you may already have), these investments are tax deductible as contributions to Steele Away Home is a 501(c)(3) organization. It is all re-usable. And we provide food and medication: by far the greatest expense.
- I don’t know if I can say ‘good bye’. Fostering often creates a bond between the animal and its care-giver; handing that animal off to someone else can be sad. But isn’t it joyful to know that you SAVED that animal’s life? By seeing the sweet critter you nurtured go off to a forever home you have had a hand in providing that animal a loving, stable, nurturing environment. That is so much better than being put down because the shelter was over-crowded.
If you currently do not have a pet and are wondering if it would work, fostering is a great way to find out. You get to care for an animal in your home on an extended basis. If you find that it’s not workable for you, do not accept more animals when this one leaves.
If You Turn Away
If you choose to turn away it does not mean that someone else will step in to help. What it does mean is that you choose not to help. Isn’t that even more sad than saying ‘good bye’ after saving them? Dogs are amazingly loving and grateful creatures. Won’t you help save lives?