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BECOMING A FOSTER HOME

It is no secret that fostering saves lives, and that foster homes are the lifeblood of any rescue like ours. A foster home must be committed to the animal and not bail at the first inconvenience – every time an animal has to be moved a part of their soul dies – they know they have been dumped again. It is very hard for a dog coming out of a stressful environment, like a shelter or a bad home, to adjust immediately and we ask for time and commitment from our foster homes. If you cannot make that commitment please don’t foster, as almost every animal will present a challenge in the first few days. We find the first milestone is after 4 days of a solid routine where the animal comes to learn what will happen to them and to trust; the second change is after about two weeks when their new life is known to them and they understand what will happen every day. Following the two week adjustment period we will assess the potential of finding a new home, but if more time is needed, we will provide that. The average foster period is 2-6 weeks and will depend on the vet care required and the time it takes the animal to adjust. During that time we provide all supplies and support needed to make the experience positive. On occasion we may need help with transportation to and from appointments, if possible. The attached article describes how integral the foster home is in saving the life of an animal. Most dogs and cats are so stressed in a shelter that they will appear unadoptable at first, but following guidelines and providing routine and structure will bring almost all of them around in a short period of time.

If you can provide the commitment needed to foster a dog or cat please complete the foster application form and let us know any restrictions you may have which would affect the process (breed, size, upcoming holiday, hours away from home, exercise capabilities, etc.)