2016-08-09 / Front Page

Our Lil’ Bit Of Heaven Toasts First Year Of Unique ‘Forever Program’

Our Lil’ Bit of Heaven animal sanctuary (OLBH) is celebrating the first anniversary of its innovative Forever Foster program with the recent placement of its 22nd dog.

Located in rural Owen County, the no-kill shelter is spread over sufficient acreage to afford its founders, Joyce and Kim Deckard, and the 174 dogs in their care the comfort and security they require.

“The Forever Foster program was designed for senior dogs and those dogs whose physical or medical issues might prevent them from ever being formally adopted,” explains Joyce. “It’s also ideal for people who have never fostered before because they were afraid of growing too attached to their foster dog and too upset when that dog left for a permanent home. Since loving a dog is forever, this program allows loving fosters to do just that.”

OLBH covers every dog’s expenses (food, preventatives, veterinary care) and currently partners with Royer Veterinary Services in Worthington, Petsburg Pet Clinic in Lafayette, Hermann Veterinary Clinic in Noblesville and Franklin Animal Clinic in Franklin as they work to extend the program’s reach.

“My hope is to give these dogs the best of the best in their twilight years,” Joyce continues. “My wish is to have each dog know the bliss of individual, one on one care, and to be loved and pampered – forever.”

There are currently 50 dogs of various ages and breeds eligible for the program, and with new dogs always arriving (including some from a recent hoarding situation in rural Freedom) their need and the need for more Forever Foster homes has never been greater.

Founded on January 1, 2008, Our Lil’ Bit of Heaven is a 501(c)(3) animal rescue and sanctuary committed to saving abused and ailing, abandoned and surrendered dogs, and placing them in loving adoptive homes. Those dogs not adopted remain in the care and comfort of the sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

Our Lil Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary is located at 4259 Magnus Road, Poland, IN 47868. To learn more, visit www.bitofheaven.org or call 765-712-0036.

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