Fosters can be long or short term depending on your preference and is a great experience for the whole family. Fostering is a great alternative for college students and military families who may not be able to commit to a lifelong companion. Fostering is also an excellent idea if you are considering adding a dog to your family but are uncertain at the present time.
What are my responsibilities?
You will need to provide basic care such as food, water, shelter, grooming, and exercise. Your foster dog will need his own leash, collar, bowl, and toys. You will probably need to give the dog a bath when he arrives (unless the dog just had surgery -- if so, you may need to wait a few days), and be sure to check for fleas. If the dog is sick, you might have to give medications or transport the dog to vet appointments. The cost of vet care is covered by the rescue group, but all arrangements must be made through the group. It's also important to provide some training. Housetraining is an essential skill for the dog to master. Crate training is useful, especially for young, destructive, or unhousetrained dogs. Basic manners such as appropriate greeting behavior, walking nicely on a leash, and coming when called will make your foster dog more adoptable and help to ensure his success in his new home. You might make the dog more appealing to potential adopters by teaching a fun trick, like shake hands, fetch, or take a bow.
By far the most important thing you need to provide is love and attention. Whether your foster came from a loving home or an abusive situation, he will probably be confused and anxious. Spend time cuddling, fetching, playing tug, and just hanging out watching TV together. Be patient; it might take him a few days or weeks to really settle in.
Volunteers who wish to become foster homes are asked to complete an application, provide references, and complete a home visit. If accepted, the volunteer signs a Foster Home Agreement. Fostering for Wooftown Rescue is very rewarding!! all we ask is that you offer a loving home that provides the appropriate training to prepare the dog for adoption.
If you think fostering is right for your family please fill out our foster application and we will contact you to set up a visit and to answer any questions you may have about fostering!