Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Keeping Track

When I have a lot of foster animals, it can be a challenge to keep track of all of their adoption/medical records, any medication they are on, when their heartworm preventative and flea/tick preventative is due, and where anyone should be at any time.  I have a bag that I take to adoption events that contains all of the adoption paperwork and medical records.  I have a whiteboard in my kitchen that keeps track of when my fosters' heartworm and flea/tick preventative was last given:

And the rest of the info is just stored in my slightly overfull brain.  For example, my current mental list for fostering contains the following information:
Two kittens need dropped off at PetSmart in the morning.
Einstein, my newest foster dog, needs dropped off at the vet in the morning and picked up after work.
Elton needs dropped off at another volunteer's home in the morning so he can attend a meet-and-greet with a potential adopter.
Pogo needs to go to PetSmart on Wednesday to meet a potential adopter.
Thumper needs a dental scheduled at the vet.
Roo needs to have her stitches taken out from her spay surgery.
Miley needs to go to PetSmart on Saturday to meet a potential adopter.
Need to follow up with Morgan's foster mom and see how she is doing.
Need to follow up with Roxy's new family to see how she is doing.

Trying to keep track of all of this may explain why on most days I can no longer remember my own name!  However it's all worth it every time one of these previously homeless pets finds a forever home.  This weekend Audrey the Shih Tzu was adopted, and Thumper the Bearded Collie went to a foster-to-adopt home.  I saw both Bosco and Farley, two previous foster dogs, shopping with their families.  They were both doing great.  Also, Bunny the Bichon from a puppy mill was officially adopted!


Kari in Vegas said...

I would need a bigger white board :)


Bobby said...

You do very well to remember so much. John even forgets our names, he keeps calling the new foster dogs the last dogs names. Just as he gets them right they get homed and it starts again.
Licks Bobby

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

Yay! I can't imagine trying to keep track of all that, but I'm so happy to hear that Bunny found a home!

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Think of all the lovin' that you're gettin' in payment.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog