Source: Adopt a Rescue Pet

Many people adopt rescued animals as pets, but there is another, less-permanent option that can benefit both the person and the pet: Pet fostering.

What does it mean to foster a dog?

A foster home is a home that provides temporary shelter, care and love for pets while they are awaiting placement in a new forever home. Foster pets are much more likely to have successful life-long placements in new homes when they come from a loving foster home, than when coming directly from the shelter. Foster can provide the potential adopter with information regarding the dog’s temperament, habit and other valuable information. When fostering a dog, the pet foster parent may teach him basic house manners. You will keep your foster dog until it gets new adoptive parents.

What makes a good foster home?

If you’ve had some experience with dogs before, have a basic understanding of their needs, and a touch of common sense, you’re a good foster candidate. Our animals are looking for a little love, walks, meals, and a safe space. If you think you can give this to an animal, but may not yet be ready to commit to having one yourself yet, you should consider fostering.

Who pays for expenses?

Generally Rescuers will pay expenses for pre-authorized vet bills and medicine, and, if necessary, food. If you wish to provide the food to the foster pet at your own expense, it will allow Rescuers to help other homeless animals.

Can I choose what kind of dog I get?

In the foster application, you can tell us what kind of dog would work best for you, and what kind of dogs you’re willing to take on. Giving us a range is best – specify size, age, allergy requirements, or any other relevant details.

What If I have other pets?

If you have other pets of your own, this should be noted on your foster application. We will match you with a dog that will minimize the stress on your current animals. The fosters pets must be spayed or neutered, if they are 6 months or older, unless there are medical reasons for not doing so.
The fosters pets are to be kept up-to-date on their vaccinations, on heartworm and flea prevention.

How long will I have my foster?

It varies from a few days to possibly a few weeks or longer.

What If I am fostering and I have to go away?

If you are fostering a pet and need to be out of town or are otherwise unavailable to keep the pet for a certain period of time, arrangements will be made to move the pet to another location either until you return, or permanently. It is important to give Rescuers as much advance notice as possible so a new foster home can be arranged.

What if it doesn’t work out?

If there is a problem with your placement, we will move the foster dog. Please allow us as much time as possible (up to a week) so we can find a new foster.

As a foster, how am I involved in the adoption process?

When an application is received, we will then contact you so that you can call the applicant back to discuss the application (if on file) or to arrange a meeting. The meeting is done at your convenience. Some people may want to bring their other dogs to see if they get along with the foster dog. Recuers rely on its fosters to provide feedback about the applicant they have met to help determine if he or she could be the right home for your foster pet. Sometimes several applicants will come to see your foster and you may be asked to recommend what you think is the best home.

But I’m afraid I’ll get too attached

All fosters go through this. But you can reassure yourself by knowing that the dog is going to a good home, and that you are now free to save another lucky dog.

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