Family Fosters More Than 200 Puppies

Heather and her family have fostered for Peak Lab Rescue in North Carolina for six years and have helped 200+ orphans, bottle feeders, and itty-bitty babies find loving homes.

Heather + Stella

Heather, a champion for shelter dogs, lives by the mantra: puppies solve everything.

"Fostering is not always glamorous, but it is always beautiful."

Heather and her family stepped up during COVID-19 in a big way to ensure that shelter puppies from Peak Lab Rescue found loving homes. She has fostered back-to-back-to-back and has responded to every call for action. She has even recruited several other foster families to volunteer for Peak Lab Rescue during this pandemic. Her home serves as a “distribution center” for equipment and supplies needed by fosters who live in her part of town. As a professional photographer, Heather participated in the #frontporchproject, which features family portraits taken outdoors from a safe distance. Heather generously donated the proceeds from these heartwarming portraits to Peak Lab Rescue. Heather is tireless and an inspiration.

Heather has been a Peak Lab Rescue foster for six years and has helped 200+ orphans, bottle feeders, and itty-bitty babies. That’s a lot of dogs who require a huge investment of time and loving care in order to thrive!


Her current foster dog, Gaia, was a nervous and underweight mama dog found with her nine one-day-old puppies in tow. Caring for Gaia and her puppies is a family commitment. Heather’s three daughters have worked hard to earn Gaia’s trust and help her relax in their home. Husband Jeremy’s custom-built whelping box ensures the comfort and safety of the pups as they grow. Heather has undertaken puppy weight checks and supplemental feedings around the clock. She carefully tracks Gaia’s weight gain as well to ensure that mama dog has the energy and resources to feed her growing brood. The pups are now three weeks old and doing well.

“I can go on and on and on about everything fostering has done for my family,” says Heather. “It’s not always glamorous, but it is always beautiful.”

Did you know that if less than 2% of pet-owning households fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate preventable euthanasia in the U.S. Learn more and foster a pet today.