A couple fostering Pit Bulls in South Carolina have recently found themselves in the limelight after a video they shared on TikTok showing the heartwarming moment their foster dog found a forever home went viral.
The video, which has been viewed over 85,000 times, may be short at under 10 seconds but it sure is sweet. In it, shelter dog Maggie, who had been neglected by her former owners, can be seen leaping into her new dad's arms and hugging and kissing him.
“It’s like they had known each other for years,” says Andra Mack, who had fostered Maggie until a permanent home for her was found. “This is why we foster.”
The Pit Bull loving duo have two of their own dogs but are committed to fostering as a way to raise awareness for just how wonderful this breed is.
“I’ve probably fostered close to 100 dogs at this point,” Mack explains. “Mostly Pit Bulls because that’s what I have a passion for, that’s my breed, they’re fantastic dogs. That’s why I’m doing this, I want everyone to see how fantastic this dog is”
Although Mack and her partner love being foster parents, they make sure to take regular down time to ensure it doesn’t take over their lives. “We rotate having fosters. We take a few months off here and there because we need it, because it is time consuming and it’s hard work but we love it.”
Mack partners with several shelters in the area, including Halfway There Rescue, which is where one of her two rescue bullies comes from. It was adopting her own two dogs that led Mack to want to be a foster mom.
In a recent TikTok video, she shares an important message out there for anyone else thinking of doing the same.
“A lot of people are like ‘I could never foster, I would want to keep them all’, well you can’t because the next one’s going to need you too. My favorite part of fostering is getting to see the happily ever afters,” and Mack says more foster parents are always needed.
If you’d like to support the great work that Mack is doing, you can visit her Amazon wish list (opens in new tab) which she keeps updated with all the things the pups in her care are in need of. “Anything that we get that our rescue doesn’t have to buy is fantastic because that means the resources of our rescue can go towards other dogs and we have so many of them.”
And if you'd like to become a foster mom or dad and live in South Carolina, head on over to Halfway There Rescue (opens in new tab) who will be more than happy to guide you through the process, or speak with a local rescue shelter in your area.
Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.
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