Bermuda Dunes Residents Diane and Travis Medley volunteer as foster parents for the Love all animals, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit association whose mission is to join other organizations to stop the slaughter of adoptable animals and find them homes.
âI’ve been with (Loving All Animals) for a couple of years now, and I love what I do,â says Diane, who has volunteered with the animals since she and Travis lived in Santa Clara County. âI would say we’ve been volunteering with animals for over 30 years.
Diane volunteered with the organization organically. âI found a stray dog, and thanks to Facebook groups, I was able to find Loving All Animals,â she says. âAt that time, they only had offices and no foster parents to take care of the dog. It broke my heart, so I said I would be the dog’s foster parent until we found a home. I have been with them ever since.
As foster parents of dogs, Diane and Travis house and train a four-legged friend until he is adopted. The training begins as soon as the dog arrives and is intended to help prepare the animal for its eventual loving home. âTravis is amazing; he’s really 50 percent of that, âsays Diane. âHe trains the dogs as much as he can. Depending on the dog, we can have them for a week or more.
For each dog, Diane and Travis have the same training method, which has been proven time and time again. âWe train them at the cash desk as soon as we receive them. My husband then uses a code word for “potty” and we take them outside. When they go, then receive praise and a treat.
With this proven method, the chances of the adoptive family to keep their new family member increase. Most dogs do not have any training or social skills before they are placed in foster care. âAt the very least, we try to potty train them before adoption,â says Diane. “Some take longer than others, but our method has worked well.”
Currently Diane and Travis are working with a dog named Zoomer. They have had her for four months and they admit that they fell in love with her. “She’s just an angel now, since we’ve been able to have her for so long,” says Diane. âThe reason we’ve had her for so long is that she has a skin problem, so it’s a little harder to find her a home. However, she will go to her family as soon as her skin condition is over. One of the great advantages of Loving All Animals is that they spare no expense to provide these dogs with the veterinary care they need before they are released Zoomer has been under veterinary care for four and a half months .
Helping these dogs become pets is really what drives Diane and Travis. They love to help these amazing creatures find their perfect family. “We love knowing that our work has helped these dogs find the homes they deserve.”
The Medleys no longer have a dog of their own, but they do have two cats, Abigail and Katie. âThey both love foster dogs, especially Abigail,â says Diane.
Diane believes that every dog ââneeds a certain type of human to take care of them and meet their needs. âI suggest people find a dog that fits their lifestyle,â she says. “Some dogs need more attention or exercise, and if their owner can’t commit, they should find a different breed.”
When not taking care of foster dogs, Diane enjoys exercising, gardening, and managing the rental properties that she and Travis have. âGardening is one of my loves and while I wouldn’t call property management a hobby, I like it,â she says.
The Medleys think they are a perfect match for Loving All Animals. They really have a love and dedication to help these dogs train and find loving homes. âWhat I love about Loving All Animals is that everyone here is amazing, and we all have the same goal,â says Diane.
For more information or to learn how to become a foster parent, visit aimertouslesanimaux.org.
Eric Sandoval is a freelance writer who writes for the community newspaper Inland Empire. He is currently a student at Cal State, San Bernardino.