WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Becoming a foster home means that you are providing a loving, temporary home for an animal that has been abandoned, abused or neglected. It is a commitment to provide structure, guidance and kindness to an animal in need, and is a decision that will affect your entire household including your current pets, your children, and even your house and yard! Everyone needs to be on board and comfortable with having a rescued dog in the home for the length of time it takes to rehabilitate them, whether it be medically or emotionally.
Structure is crucial to an animal, so in many cases through fostering you can help teach the fundamental skills desired by a potential permanent adopter. This can mean anything from crate training, housetraining, obedience training, helping overcome anxiety issues or teaching proper socialization skills. Sometimes, there is nothing more to do but love and care for the dog until the perfect adoptive home comes along, because not all foster dogs have issues, some are abandoned or surrendered because of reasons beyond a person’s control.
There is no perfect profile of a foster family. We need some homes that have no dogs,some that have no kids, some that have no cats, and some that have none of the above or that have a combination of all of the above. Fostering is a truly rewarding experience and is a great way to get involved and experience a dog’s love without making a long-term commitment.
HOW LONG IS THE FOSTER COMMITMENT?