24 Apr 2014

Meet the Salgado Family: Finding a Temporary Home on the Hill for Pets in Need

Gilligan, Mary Todd, and Maybel

Gilligan, Mary Todd, and Maybel

Chewed sandals. A pit bull-boxer mix who thinks she’s a lapdog. A chi-weenie who thinks he’s a bunny. No space for humans on the sofa. These things are routine in the Salgado household, and they would not have it any other way.

Cathy and Bruce Salgado have been foster parents with Rural Dog Rescue for about a year and a half. In that time they have shared their home with nine rescue dogs. Two of those dogs, Gilligan and Maybel, liked it so much they never left.

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Cathy says “Our favorite thing about fostering is watching the dogs change as they settle into our home. Typically a foster may be scared and timid. Once they begin to know and trust us they typically flourish into their true personalities.”

Cathy and Bruce have been residents of the Hill for almost four years. Bruce works at the Washington Navy Yard and is a runner, cyclist, softball player, and soccer fan. Cathy is a Parks and Recreation Director in Virginia who enjoys gardening, walking, and travel.In the warmer months, you may find the Salgado pack enjoying an al fresco dinner at Molly Malone’s, where the pups like to people watch and snag the occasional french fry.

Their current foster dog, Mary Todd, is a four-year-old feist/terrier mix. She is fully house trained, great with dogs and children.  She has an even temperament, calm yet playful.  Mary Todd is also very smart and will follow basic commands.  She loves to cuddle and rarely barks.  You can learn more about Mary Todd on her page.

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Thinking about becoming a foster parent? As Cathy puts it, “If you are not interested in long term dog ownership fostering is a great way to help dogs in need.”

You can learn more about fostering and adopting through Rural Dog Rescue at their website. Rural Dog Rescue has an adoption event every Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm at Howl To The Chief, 733 8th St SE.

This Saturday, April 26th they are also doing a Dog Wash fundraiser from 10 am to 4 pm at Howl to the Chief. The cost is $15 per dog.

Here are other upcoming animal adoption events:

City Dogs Rescue, Growlers and Howlers, Saturday, April 26 12-4pm, DC Brau Brewing Company

Capitol Cats, every Sunday 12-3 pm at Howl To The Chief, 733 8th St SE

City Dogs Rescue, Sunday, April 27, 12-3 pm, Metro Mutts, 407 8th St SE

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