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Updated: 12/30/2013 08:00:01AM

EARS fosters save pets

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SUN PHOTO BY IAN ROSS

Volunteer Gail Houghton holds one of the puppies she fosters and bottle feeds as part of the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary pet adoption program. Houghton will raise and train the puppies until they are ready for adoption and suitable owners are found.

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EARS recently took in seven puppies that are three-quarters boxer and one-quarter American bulldog. Mary Curtis, the foster caretaker for the puppies and their mother, said since the puppies are four weeks old, they will be up for adoption in another four weeks.

By IAN ROSS

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For Gail Houghton, being a pet foster parent is a bittersweet experience.

“It’s so rewarding. It’s a wonderful thing.” said Houghton, who lives in northwest Port Charlotte. But when she recommends fostering to others, she offers one caveat: “It’s heartbreaking when they go to a new home. But if you can let them go, then you can bring in more and help more.”

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