Team Nova – Vanessa

Meet the Nova Team

Vanessa – Foster Carer, Promotions Team

This time last year our family consisted of 3 kids, 2 dogs and a cat and our life seemed fairly normal, until our lives were turned upside down in September 2013. We had to make the most heart wrenching decision to put our sweet little staffy – Shelly to sleep. We had bought her from a breeder only 4 years prior unaware of the major issues of ‘backyard breeders’. Heartbroken and shattered we continued on with our lives and within 6 months, lost our cat of 10 years – Bella – to a roaming dog attack. Our kelpie x staffy – Ziggy, rescued 8 years ago, struggled with the loss of his mate and so I brought up the idea of finding a companion for him. The decision was made to look into fostering so that while it would provide a companion for our boy, we could help save other dogs that were in desperate need of love and a place to call home until they were adopted.

After chatting to another carer of Nova who I had known for approx 5 years, she invited me to join the group and so I did. I’ve been with Nova Pooch Rescue now for 5 months and am a foster mum to Charli and Jaxon. They are absolute treasures and have given our boy Ziggy some companionship when us humans aren’t at home. Since being a part of the group, I have been involved in a rescue of 13 pups who were in a very poor state and only a few weeks old and although it was heartbreaking, to then see them in pictures with their new families makes it so worthwhile.

My children are all actively involved with our foster dogs and help out with the care and nurturing of all our animals, which to me is important, and teaches them the responsibilities of owning a pet. The whole fostering experience has opened my eyes to the enormous issues of neglect and abandonment and has made me question my career and what path is right for me. They say ‘a change is as good as a holiday’, so have decided to take the first step and enrol to do a ‘Companion Animal Cert III’ course through TAFE and see where that takes me.

Nova Team Vanessa

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