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.
Fostering a dog can ABSOLUTELY save a life! Adopt A Rescued Pet Inc. has no shelter and is dependent upon a fostering network to provide temporary homes for our animals. Adopt A Rescued Pet Inc. Is an all volunteer 501(c)3 organization with no paid employees. Our dogs are kept in foster homes until they are placed in permanent, happy homes of their own. Currently, we have very limited foster resources, and as a result we often have to turn animals in need away because there is no one to foster them.
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?
Adopt A Rescued Pet Inc. 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 Adopt A Rescued Pet Inc. 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 foster’s pets must be spayed or neutered, if they are 6 months or older, unless there are medical reasons for not doing so.
The foster’s pets are to be kept up-to-date on their vaccinations, on heartworm and flea prevention. Since we rescue dogs from county animal shelters the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is strongly recommended.
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 Adopt A Rescued Pet Inc. as much advance notice as possible so a new foster home can be arranged.
Can I foster more than one?
Our bylaws state that a foster cannot take in more than two dogs, unless it is an emergency and then will be on short term basis.
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 Adopt A Rescued Pet Inc. receives an application for your dog, 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. Adopt A Rescued Pet Inc. relies 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.
How do I become a foster?
• You must be at least 21 years old
• If you are renting a home or apartment you must provide written proof from your landlord giving permission to have a dog.
• Agree to have a home visit which will be done by one of our volunteers
• Fill out the foster application and then get ready to save a life!