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Question for anyone that fosters???

July 1st, 2009, 10:49 PM
I have applied to adopt a puppy through a rescue and got a phone call from the lady on tues afternoon we didn't talk very long because i had company over that was leaving in a short while. We did talk for 2 minutes and i did tell her that i have 2 young children that are 4 just about 5, and a 9 month old i told her that she could call back in half an hour to an hour or sometime that evening, well she never called back or called today(wed). This dog is just a puppy born june 4th. Should i be worried that she never called back or not. I understand she could be busy but i'm worried she won't call back, she said she would.:shrug:

July 2nd, 2009, 07:56 AM
We in rescues are quite picky and sometimes forget or put aside wonderful potential families based on first impressions. I will be the first to admit that this is not right - but I have done it and have (very rarely) regretted a decision by not adopting.

I have come to understand more that 'my' phone call may be bad timing. If someone is brief or not as receptive as I would hope, there may be circumstances surrounding this.

She may call you back, but if she doesn't I can tell you why she may not (fair or unfair - I will be honest with you). You have very young children. Understand that rescues, shelters or humane societies will make decisions based on experience. They receive many animals because families cannot cope with young children and puppies. I have to tell you that alot of the surrenders are due to this - and that is why at times we have some purebred pups that you would never think would enter the rescue system. You may be different however and based on the background check that is done - you may be an exception to the rule.

If you do not get called back, don't take it personally (though it may be hard not to). This rescue may have many families that will want this pup and it is their duty to ensure that the baby is placed in the BEST family based on what this family has to offer this puppy and visa versa.

This sounds crazy perhaps but let me take it a step further. I am looking myself to adopt another rottweiler. I have been searching now for almost 2 years. In rescue we have taken in a few including a puppy. My heart melts everytime but I have declined because I cannot offer this pup the best. I find families that will offer an amazing dedicated home over myself. I know my wants, but I will give them up because I know that my wants may not be the best for the dog I fall in love with - and let me tell you there have been a few. After having 72 fosters thus far - I can easily say that I would have wanted to keep the majority of them.

An arguement may be as follows:

If I am not given the opportunity to rescue then it forces me to buy at a petstore therefore promoting puppymills.

My response is as follows:

Indeed this maybe the case, but I will leave a spot in rescue for purchased puppies from petstores. It will happen to the majority bought due to the lack of diligence on behalf of the petstore business.

Keep trying and if you do not get called back - try a shelter or even a dog pound. They may be alittle more tolerant there.

Good luck to you.

July 2nd, 2009, 09:40 AM
thanks benmax, she was the one who asked if it was a bad time to call we never even did an interview type talk about my background experience Would you adopt a puppy out to someone with a newish baby?

July 2nd, 2009, 10:30 AM
thanks benmax, she was the one who asked if it was a bad time to call we never even did an interview type talk about my background experience Would you adopt a puppy out to someone with a newish baby?

Kara1 - firstly thank you for not being offended as to what I said. I certainly did not want to but I have been know to be an 'honest Jane' - sometimes not such a good thing.:o

Again I must be honest and say 'no'. I would however adopt out a full grown dog already in a foster setting which emulates your home. This way I am confident in my head that everyone will be happy and the family would not be stressed out with a new pup. That is the honest to Dog truth!

July 2nd, 2009, 11:20 AM
thanks benmx all im looking for is the point of view of a foster parent i hope she still calls because i have been looking for a long time and never seen anything that would fit us or that we can have due to trailer park rules lol. i just find it hard to find dogs or puppies that are in rescues even in the humane societies that we can adopt because i find they are mostly bigger breed dogs. I don't want to adopt a dog and then break my kids heart because the park won't let us keep it. I would like to go through a rescue before a breeder.

We would like to find a medium sized dog

July 2nd, 2009, 11:23 AM
I do know of a rescue that may be able to help you (based in Calgary). I will PM you shortly. If you get turned down - let me know.

July 2nd, 2009, 11:33 AM
sure thanks

July 3rd, 2009, 11:59 AM
benmax i never got you're PM if you can send it or ones in edmonton that you know are good would be great, thanks

July 3rd, 2009, 12:27 PM
Sorry Kara1 - I will send. Thanks for reminding me. I do not personally know any in Edmonton but if you google for rescues in Edmonton - I am sure you will get some.

Your PM is coming.