WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FOSTER A DOG?
IT MEANS YOU OPEN YOUR HOME TEMPORARILY TO A DOG IN NEED. FOSTERING CAN TAKE ANYWHERE FROM A FEW DAYS TO A FEW MONTHS.
YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO DO IT ALL BY YOURSELF. WE WILL BE THERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
WE WILL ASSIST WITH INTRODUCING YOUR FOSTER DOG TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD.
WE WILL PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY SUPPLIES NEEDED TO CARE FOR YOUR FOSTER DOG IE: CRATE, BED, BOWLS, LEASH, COLLAR AND FOOD
WE ALSO NETWORK YOUR FOSTER DOG REGULARLY AND SET UP MEET AND GREETS WITH POTENTIAL ADOPTERS.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?
REALLY, ALL IT TAKES IS AN OPEN HEART AND OPEN HOME.
THERE IS A FOSTER APPLICATION THAT WILL BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO GETTING A FOSTER DOG. SOMETIMES ALL IT TAKES TO SAVE A DOG IS TO PROVIDE A LOVING TEMPORARY HOME FOR THEM TO LAY THEIR HEADS AT NIGHT.
Why are we so picky???
While it's exciting to see someone comment that they will foster a dog, there's so much more to it. Foster applications must be completed and sent back to us before we can even consider someone.
Because fostering is quite a bit like adopting (only less permanent).We need to ensure the potential foster home is a good environment for a shelter dog. We need to know where the potential foster lives. They need to be local to us. This one is a deal breaker, and so many times people get frustrated with Requirement in order to be close enough for us to do a yard check, but also close enough to bring their fosters to vet appointments, adoption events, fundraisers, and meet and greets with potential adopters. Living outside of a 50 mile radius makes all of the above nearly impossible. We also need our foster dogs to be close enough to us that if they begin experiencing behavioral issues with their foster dog, we can send our trainer to work with them.
The MAIN reason that we are so selective with our fosters is because once we pull a dog, they become OURS. Meaning if it just "isn't working out" at said foster home, we have to take the dog back.
Back where, you ask?
Well certainly not back to the shelter. And we can't take any more on at our home.
So where do they go?
They don't. They don't "go." A foster home has to be 100% committed to fostering a dog. Not just to "try it out" or "give it a shot". We have no plan B in place if the foster bails. So the foster can't bail.
It's a huge commitment. If dogs need to be kept separate and crate rotated, that's what has to happen. If a cat is being chased, the dog isn't allowed around the cat. If things get chewed up, then things get chewed up. If a foster dog pees on the carpet, it pees on the carpet.
Shelter dogs aren't going to come out of there perfect dogs that have no issues at all. They usually DO have issues. And we love them through those issues. We clean up the pee. We throw away chewed up shoes. We crate rotate. We get frustrated. But we don't kick them out. That's already happened to them once, and can't happen again. Everyone wants to help, but our fosters have to be willing to go the distance.
We provide EVERYTHING needed to foster a dog. Crate, food, bed, bowls, toys, leash, collar, treats, EVERYTHING.
Not every rescue does this. We do it because we know it's not easy to foster. In fact it can be really difficult sometimes. But in the end, the payoff is absolutely priceless. So when someone comments that they will foster a dog, we try not to get our hopes up until we've received the foster application back. That shows that they mean business.
We are so thankful to everyone that has offered to foster, and will be following up with each of them.
We welcome any questions about fostering or ideas you guys may have. Sweet dreams and thanks for listening (and hopefully understanding).