Frequently Asked Questions
What is expected of me as a foster home?
Your role as a foster home is to provide the dog with a safe home, socialization through regular interaction with your family and other pets, and basic training.
What does the rescue provide and what am I responsible for?
We cover the costs of all vet care (spay/neuter, shots, other care as needed), and any needed supplies, such as a crate, leash, collar, etc. A lot of our foster homes choose to donate food for their foster dog, but we can also provide food if needed.
Can I foster if I rent?
Yes, if your landlord is okay with you fostering, we welcome renters as foster homes.
What kinds of dogs need foster care?
All kinds! We try to focus on bully breeds and dogs that have been in shelters the longest, but dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages need help.
Where do the dogs come from?
Most of our dogs are rescued from eastern Washington, usually from shelters. Some of our dogs come from homes that can no longer keep them, were found as strays, or were rescued from a bad situation.
What if I have kids or other animals in my home?
We do our best to ensure that the dog we place in a foster home will fit into the lifestyle of the family and any other pets. Based on information you provide, we work to rescue a suitable dog from a shelter or match you with another dog already in our program.
What happens if I have training or behavior problems with my foster dog?
We're here to help you with ANY behavioral or training issues that might arise with your foster dog. The support we provide may be over the phone, through training aids, or by coming to your house to help you work with your foster dog.
What happens if the dog doesn’t fit into my house?
If for some reason the dog doesn't work with your family, we do everything we can to move the dog quickly, but it can sometimes take a week or more.
How will my foster dog find an adopter?
We advertise our dogs on petfinder.com, social media, and have adoption events. We ask our fosters to provide updated information on their foster dog and to answer questions from potential adopters. When an application is received, it is forwarded to the foster home for their input. We greatly value the opinions of our fosters, and fosters get a major say in the home their foster dog goes to.
Are foster animals contagious? Will my pets or my health be jeopardized?
It is always a health risk to expose your animal to other animals, whether at a park, your vet's waiting room, or in your own home. If your pets are current on their vaccinations, maintain healthy diets and lifestyles, and are not immune compromised, then the health risk should be minimal.
What do I do if my foster dog needs veterinary care?
We often place dogs in foster homes straight from the shelter, so they might not be fully vetted when they enter your home. We ask that fosters be available to drive them to vet appointments within reasonable distance. If that’s not possible, we can find volunteers to help transport. The rescue pays for all veterinary care. If your foster dog has a medical emergency, we ask that you try to contact the rescue directors for support and to take the dog to a vet that will work with us at a lower cost. If a director can’t be reached immediately and it’s an emergency, you can take the dog to the nearest vet for treatment.
How long does a foster dog stay with me?
The foster period varies greatly. Sometimes dogs are adopted in a couple of weeks; sometimes they're in foster care for months. The amount of time a dog is in foster care is affected by many factors, including its age, health, any behavioral issues, if it has special requirements for an adoptive home, etc.
How can I give up the dog when I’ll get so attached to it?
The answer is simple: It saves lives. It is hard to say goodbye to a dog you’ve fallen in love with, but the real payoff is meeting the new family who’s ready to provide a permanent, loving home for the dog you’ve helped rescue. You’ll feel an overwhelming sense of satisfaction when you see your foster dog move on to his new and better life. Helping a previously lost and unwanted dog find a loving forever home is an extremely rewarding experience. That makes it all worth it.
The other wonderful part is knowing you can now help another dog in need. The beauty of fostering is that one dog gets adopted and there is always another to take its place in your home.
What if I want to adopt my foster dog?
Foster homes generally have the first option to adopt. Fosters homes are still expected to pay the adoption fee to help offset the cost of medical care.
Want to save a life? Foster!
What are you waiting for??
By fostering, you are the difference between life and death for a wonderful and deserving dog.
If you have any questions about fostering, contact us!
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Reasons to Foster
Companionship without a lifetime commitment
Animals that have endured hardship can really use a loving home, one in which they can get used to living with people again.
Fostering provides a great lesson in compassion, nurturing, and generosity to children and it’s a wonderful, life-affirming experience for an entire family, a couple, or a single individual.
If you already have one or more dogs, one more won’t make a difference to you, but it sure will make a difference to the foster dog who otherwise might not have a second chance at life.
Fostering increases the likelihood of adoption and dramatically reduces the chances of an animal being returned. If your foster dog is loved and accepted in its new home, it is because of you!!!
Increased "human interaction" greatly helps foster dogs who often come from neglectful or abusive situations… and lets not forget what "canine interaction" can do for you.
You undoubtedly will get attached but when you meet the new family that's ready to provide a permanent, loving forever-home for the dog you helped rescue through fostering, you will feel more than satisfied to see him move on to his new life
You get to show and teach your foster dog what a dog’s life should be.
More foster homes means more dogs saved from the pound and possible death; it is a fact that only a small fraction of dogs impounded every year are rescued from the terrible fate of euthanasia…FOSTERING IS A TRUE WAY TO SAVE A LIFE!
Do you have the time and space to help a dog in need? We are ALWAYS looking for more foster homes to help save homeless dogs! If you'd like to make a difference in a dog's life, please consider fostering. Fostering is one of the single greatest things you can do for a homeless dog. It not only gets them out of the shelter and into safety, but living in a home environment allows them to grow to their full potential. Our fosters are the core of our rescue...we absolutely cannot save dogs without them! We can only rescue as many dogs as we have foster homes. Please consider fostering today!