Focus on Fosters: Meet Starfire

A shy little dog named Starfire moves into a foster home for the next phase of her training.

With many uncertainties facing the shelter during this challenging time, more than 200 shelter pets were moved to OHS foster homes to create room for any urgent community needs. The foster team prioritized placing animals who had been at OHS for a long time and could benefit from time in an experienced foster home.

When Starfire first arrived at OHS via the Second Chance Program, it was immediately evident that she would need some help. She was extremely fearful and did everything she could to avoid being touched. It’s hard to imagine what she must have gone through to create such a deep fear.

Starfire was placed in OHS’s Behavior Modification (B-Mod) program so she could receive specialized care. OHS trainers and experienced volunteers began working with her to gain her trust and slowly teach her basic skills.

OHS volunteer Marilyn Happold-Latham worked with Starfire for a few months. Recently, she was able to put a leash on Starfire and walk her on the dog path at OHS. This was a huge milestone for Starfire. Marilyn also helped Starfire by giving her time to run and play with other little dogs.

When the call went out for OHS foster parents to help, Marilyn quickly stepped up. She sent this recent update:

“I’m trying to get Starfire on a routine to help provide some stability for her in a new environment. She would love to play with my dogs, but they are still ignoring her at the moment. Hoping that will change as time goes on.”

Starfire is not currently available for adoption, as she continues to learn and grow in her foster home. Many thanks to Marilyn and all the OHS foster parents who are helping during this uncertain time.

Note: After receiving an incredible response from our community (nearly 1,000 applications!), we are no longer accepting new emergency foster applications.

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