February 2021 Volunteer of the Month

Meet Anna Johnson

1. You’re a foster, what inspired you to do that?

Our kids have wanted a dog for ages, but we worry that we are too busy during normal times to care for one. Since we are all working from home these days, we suddenly had the time. We did not want to commit to 10-15 years of caring for a dog, but we could easily commit to a few weeks. It has given the kids something to do and someone to snuggle up to while they are stuck at home.

2. Tell us a bit about your first foster experience.

Our first foster experience has been very up and down. We only had Caliber for a few hours before he got out and ran… and ran… and ran. Eventually, he was hit by a car and broke his leg. We felt awful, so it has been great to nurse him back to health. He is a resilient little guy and has given us a lot of love, so he doesn’t seem to hold it against us that we let him get away.

3. What tips would share for someone considering fostering?

The first thing that comes to mind is to treat every animal like a flight risk. We would have gotten a much better start if we had done that better! Other than that, I would say that it is hard to go wrong and it is temporary, so it is definitely worth a try.

4. What is your favorite thing about being a volunteer?

Simple: All the love and joy, but a lot less commitment!

5. Describe a memorable moment you had while volunteering.

We will always remember all the MagMutts people who spent their weekend helping us look for Caliber while he was on the run. There were more than a dozen! That says a lot about the MagMutts community.
6. Are you a cat or dog person?

Dog, definitely, but mostly because I am allergic to cats.

7. Do you have a favorite vacation spot or most favorite vacation memory?

My husband is originally from Germany, so we try to get there as often as possible. That is another reason why fostering works better for us than owning. We are gone for 2-3 weeks at a time when we make that trip.

8. What is your favorite tv show?  

We have been watching Young Sheldon lately. It is a sweet story about a genius 9-year-old and his family, and it is set in the 80s, which was my youth. The shoulder pads, mom jeans, and Tab cola are all a throw-back.