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May 24th, 2006, 11:02 PM
Hello All,
My boyfriend and I have long been debating getting
another small dog, but recently we have though maybe
it might be better for us to foster.
We have a few local small breed rescues near us.
I have sent one of them an email asking about fostering,
what the requirements are financially and what they
want in a home, etc.
I havent received a reply yet, so thought Id ask on here.
What about fostering?
What do they want you to do?
Whats the burden on you financially?
What would be expected of you during the fostering
period, etc?
Thanks for any input anyone could provide.
I think it would be a great experience and would be
very helpful to be a foster in this area.

Lucky Rescue
May 25th, 2006, 07:59 AM
Usually, you will be asked to housetrain, socialize and teach the dog basic commands, if that's necessary, to make it as adoptable as possible.

You will need to transport it to any vet appointments needed and adoption events they may have, and stay for the duration to answer questions potential adopters may have.

As for financial stuff, we supply all food etc if the foster cannot or doesn't with to, but very much appreciate it if the foster can help with that.

Make sure the rescue is going to be very proactive in trying to find the dog a home and not just dump it on you, never to be heard from again.

May 25th, 2006, 12:22 PM
Make sure the rescue is going to be very proactive in trying to find the dog a home and not just dump it on you, never to be heard from again.
Make sure of this!!! You dont want to end up in a situation like me! I have foster rabbits and NEVER hear from the rescue:eek:
However, just because i am having a bad experience, this isnt to say that all rescues are like this! Most are wonderful!
Its great fostering , so rewarding! You know you are helping in some way and making that little pups life better somehow!!
The foster i currently have the rabbits for had placed a little dog with me a few years ago, there was no financial strain on us. They provided the food, account number at the vet ( just incase) and all his toys and treats! ( we gave him more of course)
I would email them again and inquire again, they are SUPER busy and sometimes dont have the time to answer.
Best of luck and i know it will be a decision that you wont regret!!!!
Rescues (usually) really appreciate any bit of help they can get!!!!
Thanks for considering fostering, instead of getting yourself another pet!!! It truely is the next best thing!!!

May 25th, 2006, 04:26 PM
Hi there,
well the rescue im considering is a "big name" one here.
They have very few actual fosters in my area, and I know
they rescue quite a few dogs each year from my area.
I will email them again.
It sounds like fostering could be the way to go!
I have a lot of patience, and my little dog whom I adopted,
had some serious issues from her previous very neglectful
home (seperation anxiety, nervousness, aggression, wasnt housetrained
or socialized etc), and she is now an excellent, very well trained and well
behaved pet!
I think I would enjoy doing being a foster! Could love many
dogs over many years!
Thanks for your info!