Circle of Friends has some of the most dedicated, compassionate foster families anywhere! A shining example of heroism for animals is foster mom Pat, who has made an enormous impact on our organization. Since 2003, Pat has fostered and adopted out over 1,000 rescued dogs! Pat and her father began fostering dogs in 2003, as part of a family tradition of giving back to their community. As an animal lover, Pat knew that rural groups struggle to help many pets with few resources. There is a tremendous need for foster homes, and sometimes just one night in foster care makes the difference between life and death. Pat gives frightened, injured or sick dogs a haven where they can heal and feel safe before being adopted. She finds joy in watching them blossom in her care, and in seeing the love and excitement in the eyes of adopters as they welcome a new family member. Pat’s father passed away in 2013 at the age of 94, and in his memory, Pat continues the lifesaving work they enjoyed together. Circle of Friends, the lives of more than 1,000 dogs, and our entire community are immeasurably enriched because of Pat.