Charlotte was experiencing homelessness when she rescued Bougie, a stray dog, from an abandoned tent in Skid Row. Charlotte cared for Bougie and together they lived unhoused until Charlotte was moved into permanent housing with the help of The People Concern. After being housed, Charlotte made the decision to enter a drug treatment program that did not accept animals, leaving her with no choice but to separate from her beloved Bougie. The process to enroll in a drug treatment facility often happens very quickly – when a space is available, a program participant has to be ready to work with our team to enter right away. In Charlotte’s case, there was no time to find care for Bougie, and she made the tough decision to leave Bougie in her apartment along with enough food and water to last her while she was away. When her Case Manager discovered Bougie was left alone, she jumped into action and contacted our k9 connection team. They immediately picked up Bougie and placed her with Jessica, a volunteer of our foster pet program.

Charlotte’s treatment took longer than expected and after four months of being in Jessica’s care, Charlotte decided it was best to find Bougie a permanent home. The k9 connection team helped Bougie become adoption-ready by covering the costs of her spay and vaccination expenses. They then connected her to a family in Colorado who was ready to adopt! This month marks Bougie’s adoption anniversary and she continues to be housed, healthy and safe in her forever home.

If you are interested in playing an important part in the lives of our program participants’ pets, k9 connection is always in need of foster families. Join our Pool of Foster Parents