ADOPT...DONATE...VOLUNTEER...FOSTER

While we would like to house every homeless pet until their forever family comes along, this is impossible due to a lack of space.  Dogs & cats can be saved through caring people who are willing to FOSTER!

For whatever reason, our dogs find themselves homeless and alone. It is scary and stressful to be in a place that they don't understand; to be in a kennel, surrounded by strange dogs, people, sights, and sounds.

If you become a foster, you give these dogs a chance at life, and keep them save while awaiting a forever home. 


WHAT DOES FOSTERING A DOG INVOLVE?

When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the dog is adopted. Medical expenses and food are covered by the rescue group.

WHY DO ADOPTION GROUPS NEED FOSTER HOMES?

There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:

  • ·        A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
  • ·        A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
  • ·        A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
  • ·        A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
  • ·        A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
  • ·        The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.

WHY SHOULD I FOSTER A DOG?

Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:

  • ·        freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
  • ·        giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
  • ·        helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
  • ·        socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.

CAN I MAKE SPECIFIC REQUESTS?

Yes, you can.  With most rescue groups you can tell the foster coordinator if you have specific needs.  For example, if your existing dog only gets along with female dogs, you can just foster females.  Have a soft spot for the seniors?  Great, your foster coordinator can keep an eye out for older dogs in need.  Need some puppy breath in your life?  No problem, just foster puppies!

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO FOSTER A DOG?

HAPPE Pets, Richmond Ruff House ,Tramps Rescue and Hearts for Hounds are four foster based rescues that will transfer dogs from our shelter.  They need more approved foster homes! Please contact them and fill out an application. With your help, we can save lives.

 Hearts for Hound Application

HAPPE Pets Foster Application

Tramps Rescue Email

Richmond Ruff House

Providing foster care for dogs will certainly be a rewarding experience, but will just as likely be emotionally challenging. Sending a successful foster to his forever home is bittersweet – you are saying goodbye to a friend, which hurts, but are also sending him on to the greatest adventure of his life –

KNOWING THAT YOU SAVE HIS LIFE!

 

Additional Links

How to Introduce Your Foster to your Children and Pets

How to Prepare Your Home for a Foster Pet

20 Questions to Ask Before You Foster

My Foster Dog is Beautiful (read this one, you won't regret it)