Being a foster means bringing a homeless dog (or two) into your home, caring for them, and providing them with affection and socialization until a permanent family comes along who will love them forever. Fosters truly are the front line for our dogs and a critical step in saving more lives!
The only way that we can save animals is with the help of foster homes. Being a foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without making a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. Foster Care is critical to our rescue efforts, the more homes we have, the more animals we can save. Becoming a foster family is a very rewarding experience, and can be a lot of fun. There are often tears shed when a foster finally finds a home of their own, but knowing you have saved a life and opened up space to save another is truly rewarding.
We provide all items needed (food, beds, toys, puppy pads), you provide the love!
Rescues like ours who have no central facility, rely solely on foster homes to determine how many dogs we can help save, many that are at risk of euthanasia.
Rescues often look to fosters for those dogs who may have endured a difficult past such as abuse, cruelty, neglect, under socialization, etc. As a foster, you have the chance and opportunity to gain a dogs trust, show them human touch and love perhaps for the first time, provide an environment for them to feel safe, and watch them transform before your eyes.
If you have existing pets, introducing a dog can be a great experience for them as an additional companion, additional socialization, and an additional playmate! Children can benefit from fostering as a way to introduce responsibility, selflessness, a way to educate about animals, and it's also a great way to "test" the idea of a permanent dog into your home in the future.
Often times, certain dogs may not "show" well in a kennel environment due to excess energy, or jockeying for attention as potential adopters walk by. While fostering a dog, you are able to provide exercise and stimulation, which in turn creates a calmer dog, which in many cases may be closer to what their behavior will look like in a home environment. In addition, you can work with the dog on leash training, house training, or other basic command training.
When the day comes, that your foster finds that perfect home, the rewarding feeling you will experience is something very special. You will feel a sense of pride, in knowing what you helped that dog accomplish in his time with you. You will feel overjoyed that they have found their forever family and their happy ending that all homeless dogs desire. And while certainly, some goodbyes can be tough, knowing that a dog has found his happy ending and that another precious life awaits to be afforded your gifts, is as good of a feeling as there is!
Provide a safe, clean and caring environment for the dog.
Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate.
Monitor medical and/or behavioral problems & give meds as directed.
.Assist with transport to/from events, vet appointments and Meet & Greets.
Fosters will keep dogs an average of 2-4 weeks, sometimes shorter or longer. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. Your time commitment will be discussed up-front before you agree to foster the pet, but most foster families keep the dog until the dog gets adopted.
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