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Guidelines to becoming a Fosterer; What is required?
Topic Started: 18 Jul 2011, 12:26 PM (730 Views)
Astralhaze
Rest in Peace Cyrus and Sue

Fostering is not always an easy task, especially the first few days. All your family members should be in total agreement to foster and also bear in mind that you don't know how long the dog will be with you. Sometimes it is days, other times it could be weeks, even months.

There are dogs in rescue that can slot into the family routine very easily and there are some that sadly donít and need extra care and patience. Dogs from broken homes are often shell shocked at the sudden change in their routine and will need a little tlc while adjusting to a new routine, home, family members (including pets). Dogs who have come from kennels can be scared, stressed and can forget the basics they may have been taught (house training etc.). In most cases, they soon remember with a little positive encouragement.

To Foster, the following is required:

Experienced in owning and caring for large breed dogs
Should have enough time to commit to the needs of the dog to be fostered;
The ability to respect the decisions of relevant rescue centre, on the dogís long term future.
You should be able to provide a suitable environment for the dog and you will have to undergo a HOME VISIT before hand.

Able to refrain from becoming too emotionally attached
Some dogs come with health problems. Therefore you should be prepared to make visits to the vets and have your own transport
Able to give basic training, sit, lead work etc
Able to groom as necessary
Able to assess each dog, in order to match it to a permanent home.
Be prepared to show your foster dog to potential new owners and pass on the knowledge you have learnt about the dog.

All rescues organisations operate differently. Therefore, potential fosterers must ensure that they are happy with the financial arrangements.

For example:

Will the rescue provide food from the start?
Is the rescue going to pay for worming, flee and general vet checks?
How and when will any expenses be repaid?

All expenses for the foster dog must be agreed with the relevant rescue centre, prior to making any purchases.

Fosterers are required to work together with the relevant rescue centre, if we are to do the best for each fostered dog. Working as a team means ensuring good communications between the fosterer and the rescue organisation and accepting the support of the rescue, always having someone to call if they have a problem.

As stated above, Fostering rescue dogs is not an easy task - but if you are a dog lover you will find it very rewarding to know that you have helped by offering a safe, comfortable environment to some that may have had a very traumatic time.

Each case requires patience with calm and gentle handling for as long as it takes to settle the dog and gain his/her trust. He/she may not come with necessarily good behaviour or will sleep all night. He/she may not at first get on with some of your family members/dogs for the first few days! You will need to be around him/her all the time to reassure him/her. Should there be a problem, be able to keep those that do not get on separate until all have settled with each other

You are not responsible in finding a new home for the dog, although any assistance you can give would be most appreciated.

If prospective new owners come to view the dog at your home, you may be expected to assess them for suitability. For instance: A confident dog would not suit timid owners. A sensitive dog would not suit a noisy, busy family and an active dog would not suit prospective owners that only want company on the sofa, rather than company on long walks! Your opinion may be asked by the rescue involved.

It's also the case that if a dog has aggression problems, we require foster homes that will understand that repairing the damage is something that may take some time and who can live with the problem in the meantime, whilst support and assistance is given by the rescue centre in order to resolve the problems, via a behavioural dog trainer etc., You will not be asked to resolve behavioural problems by yourself
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