Three children sprawled on the Nebraska Humane Society floor Saturday to pet a twice-discarded dog.
The border collie, named Quinlan, was one of dozens of animals on display at the Humane Society’s annual Rescue Rally. The rally gave about 30 area dog rescue groups and one cat organization the chance to show their animals in hopes of finding good owners.
The rescue organizations rely heavily on “foster families” that take in animals that have been discarded by families and breeders for various reasons — age, behavior, misunderstanding what it takes to own a dog or cat.
“He loves to be around people,” Abi Klukowski, 11, said of Quinlan. “I hope he finds a forever home.”
Since Christmas, Abi’s family has provided the foster home for Quinlan, a one-year-old dog that already has had two homes that ceased to want him.
The Klukowskis said that while Quinlan is a good dog, he has separation anxiety when his family isn’t home. He yelps and gnaws on carpet and his own legs when anxious.
The Klukowskis handed out business cards for Quinlan that read: “Do you work from home, or can you bring your dog with you to work? Quinny is very well behaved and wants to please you!”
Rescue groups showed five cats and more than 100 dogs, including German Shepherds and greyhounds, beagles and bassets, Dachshunds and Great Danes, Boston Terriers and boxers.
In most cases, the rescue groups didn’t allow people to simply take an animal home. Most check references, sometimes do home visits and talk to the family’s veterinarian if the family has had pets before.
Many of the dogs have been in bad situations, said Jody Grow, foster director for Nebraska Dachshund Rescue. “We want to make sure they go to a good situation.”
Abi Klukowski shared Quinlan with two other girls early Saturday afternoon. Katie and Avery Beberniss, 9 and 4 respectively, sat on the floor with Quinlan, who appeared to relish the attention.
“We have one,” said Barbi Beberniss, mother of Katie and Avery. “They just love to come and look. Who knows? If you see one that catches your heart ... .’’
But for now, Quinlan remains a foster dog, and a happy one at that. The Klukowskis know how to love a dog.
“He’s with us until the perfect people come along,” said Abi’s mother, Frankie Klukowski. “He’s such a loving dog that you just want the best for him.”
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