Commonly Asked Questions
Thinking of getting a dog but worried about finding a good fit for your family? Trying to find ways to help homeless dogs in need? Fostering could be the perfect solution.
You’ve probably heard of fostering in the past, but it can be hard to figure out how to get started. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions.
There are several great reasons to consider fostering. Many rescue groups don’t have a physical shelter, so foster homes play a crucial part in helping dogs in need. Fostering also frees up resources so that shelters and rescues can help even more homeless dogs and cats.
Unlike shelter environments that can be stressful for many dogs, foster homes provide a more relaxing environment for an animal. And, when a dog is in a relaxed and comfortable state, it’s easier to learn more about their personalities and individual needs to ensure they find a well-suited, forever home.
Fostering also gives a dog or puppy a place to:
- Recover from surgery or illness before adoption
- Grow old enough for adoption
- Acclimate to a home environment before adoption
It can also be good opportunity to get to know a dog before deciding to adopt them.
What do I have to do to foster a dog?
Fostering is easy! All you need to give is love, care, and attention. That’s because rescue groups often provide all the supplies you’ll need – including crates, food, leashes, and collars – and cover any vet expenses your foster dog may require. You can also commit to fostering a dog for a few days or weeks to months or years.
When you decide to foster, the rescue group works closely with you to find foster opportunities that are a good fit for your home and lifestyle. That means that you can focus on fostering puppies, pit bulls, senior dogs, or even those requiring hospice care.
Can I foster a dog if I have a family or already have pets?
Yes! But you have to take precautions to keep everyone – pets and humans – safe and happy.
First, all animals in your home should be vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Humans, especially young children, should interact with your new foster dog in calm and non-threatening ways. Remember, new environments can be scary for dogs, so it’s essential to make introductions with the human and animal members of your household slowly and positively.
Fostering can have a life-changing affect on not only you but your entire family. For more information, we recommend contacting local animal rescues, like the Animal Humane Society, Underdog Rescue, Secondhand Hounds, and Ruff Start Rescue.