It's no secret Brenda Flatjord is a dog lover. Brenda and her husband Kim regularly foster multiple animals for the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa.
"It's all volunteer. None of us are paid. We all work full-time, and we put a lot of time and effort and our own money into it," said Brenda Flatjord.
Right now, the humane society is solely foster-based, but there are plans in the works to build a shelter in Decorah.
"Our organization takes great pride in taking care of the animals and doing what we can for the community," said Flatjord.
Brenda Flatjord joined the humane society as a volunteer in 2000 when a stray dog showed up at her neighbor's house. She worked with the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa, then known as PAW, to foster the dog and find him a home.
"I've been doing it for 12 years. I don't do it to get a pat on the back. I do it because of my love for the dogs," she said.
Besides the Flatjord's own dogs, they typically foster between one and six dogs at a time with a goal of find them good homes.
"We get a lot of dogs out of a bad situation, and we want to make sure they go into a better situation," said Brenda Flatjord.
Several years ago, Flatjord and another volunteer started rescuing dogs from area pounds set to be put down, including Shiloh, a Great Pyrenees.
"And I walked over to one pen and the dog was just emaciated. I left with my notes on all the dogs. I called the pound back and said I gotta get her," she said.
She was just 26 pounds. Flatjord nursed Shiloh back to health.
"Most people would have walked away, but it was worth the months to get her back to health," said Flatjord.
Shiloh was adopted by a family in western Iowa. She's just one of Flatjord's hundreds of success stories, and why she keeps fostering.
The foster dog mom hopes her story inspires others to get involved with their local rescue organizations.
For more information on the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa, click here.