It's all about the animals.

  The Uffda Fund for Animals annual Open House was held on May 14th at the Cando Masonic Center. All the guests, including the 4-footed ones had a great time sharing their stories over goodies. Thanks to the generosity of  many animal lovers 80 homeless dogs and cats found their "furever" homes since last May. Over the past 5 years since we started down the rescue road there have been several hundreds of dogs, cats (and let's not forget the ferrets) that have been cared for and adopted. That is an astounding number of pets needing help in this corner of North Dakota. And that is likely just the tip of the iceberg. For every stray dog and  cat that we have been successful in placing, how many more are there that die of starvation, neglect and abuse, victims of disease, accidents and predators? 

 But let's not dwell on the negative, but rather celebrate those 80 wonderful pets and the humans that care enough to help those who cannot help themselves. Little Marley is still waiting for her special place in the world. She is an adorable and petite Dachshund/Chihuahua mix who came into Uffda a month ago. She was one of 26 dogs in an over-crowded setting where she was totally unsocialized. Now, after a month in a wonderful foster home she has become accustomed to adults, children and other pets in the home. Although she may never be an outgoing playful assertive dog, Marley has a lot of love to share with the right family.

 Uffda would not exist were it not for the incredible dedication of the families and individuals who provide shelter, stability and love as foster families. Of course, as a foster mom, dad, sister or brother, we become very attached to these needy pets and it can be pretty wrenching to have to say goodbye when they leave us for forever homes. But, at the same time there is a wonderful feeling of satisfaction knowing one has played a role in helping that dog or cat reach its potential and move on to a happy permanent  place. There can be pleasure in sad good-byes.