Becoming a Foster
Posted On April 12, 2016
Why Are Fosters so desperately needed ?
While our rescue would like to house every homeless husky, this is impossible due to a lack of resources and/or space. Dogs that would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space can be saved through caring people who are willing to open their home and hearts to a shelter pet in need.
Many homeless pets grew up in homes where they were well-loved family members. For whatever reason, these dogs find themselves homeless and alone. It is scary and stressful to go from a place where you are well loved and surrounded by your family to a place where you are surrounded by strange dogs, people, sights, and sounds.
When you foster a dog and share your home, you save a life that may have not otherwise been saved. Foster parents allow rescues to help more dogs from being euthanized in hi-kill shelters. You are literally the link between life or death for a husky in need.
What does fostering a dog involve?
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the dog is adopted.
Why do we need foster homes?
Some of the most common include:
•We currently do not have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
•A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
•A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
•A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
•A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
•The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.
Why should I foster a dog?
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:
•freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
•giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
•helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
•socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.
The main function of a foster home is to provide a safe, loving home environment. For the most part, this entails caring for your foster as you would care for your own dog: offering food, affection, socialization, and exercise to keep the dog happy and healthy.
As a doggy foster parent, you may also be asked to:
•Transport the dog to and from adoption events.
•Participate in obedience training at home and/or in classes.
•Report back to the shelter/rescue workers with information about the dog’s personality and behavior.
•Speak with potential adopters to tell them about your foster dog and help determine if they are a good match.
Your time and commitment level can vary depending on your schedule and the rescue group’s needs, and when you start fostering, the rescue will help match you with a dog that suits your lifestyle and home. First-time fosters can get their feet wet with “easier” dogs; the more invested and experienced in fostering you become, the more willing and able you may be to take on challenges. No matter what kind of dogs you foster, all foster homes provide the valuable service of socializing a dog and getting to know its personality. Your relationship with the dog is key information in helping find its forever home.
The Cost of Fostering– $$- ZERO DOLARS $$
Foster programs prioritize the needs of the dog, and make sure foster homes have ALL the resources they need to be successful, from food, leashes, toys, and a crate to veterinary care and training. You won’t make any money fostering dogs, but you will be hugely rewarded in play time, snuggles, and the indescribable feeling of knowing you are helping to save a life.
One of the greatest rewards of fostering is watching a rescue dog bloom into a pet, but of course, it’s not without its challenges. Foster dogs sometimes need to learn the basic rules of living in a house, including:
•Appropriate greeting behavior with humans
•Appropriate play behavior with other dogs
As you gain experience as a foster, you may be asked (or volunteer) to take on dogs with more challenging behavioral or medical needs, or even move into hospice care, which is challenging and rewarding in a completely different way.
Whatever your foster dog needs, remember that the shelter or rescue group is your ally and support network.
For many people, the biggest cost of fostering dogs is emotional. It can be hard to say goodbye to a dog after spending weeks or months caring for it, and may experience sadness or what rescue workers call “foster guilt.”
The important thing to remember is that fostering saves lives, and by letting your foster dog go to a forever home, you free up space for another dog in need. In time, the saying goodbye part gets easier, and the feeling of helping a dog find its forever home gets addictive.
Why is fostering a dog so great? For starters, fostering is one of the most direct things you can do to save lives. Fostering:
•Makes room for other dogs in the shelter, freeing up space to help more dogs in need;
•Builds on your canine expertise;
•Gives you those warm, fuzzy feelings only volunteering can provide;
•Brings the fun and companionship of a dog into your life. There’s nothing like seeing a shelter dog blossom into a loving companion, and sending her off to a happy family who found their match thanks to you.
Of course, fostering comes with one big hazard that can also be one of its biggest rewards: you just might fall in love! “Foster failures” abound in the dog rescue world, and I know because I am one myself: my dog Radar was supposed to be a temporary foster dog, but I soon realized I couldn’t imagine him belonging to anyone but me.
How to Get Started
Okay, so you’ve read all the facts, you’ve decided you can handle the commitment, and you’re ready to try this fostering thing. The easiest way to get started fostering is to fill out the application below . A representative of LSR will contact you and discuss your questions and concerns.