"Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever"
Dear future foster,
Thank you for applying to help homeless dogs in-need. Fostering is a difficult, yet meaningful and worthwhile volunteership that directly saves the lives of animals. When you agree to foster dogs, you agree to love them as if they were your own!
Fosters are expected to actively help dogs become their best, most adoptable selves. This includes working on leash manners, reinforcing basic verbal cues (sit, down, wait), house-training, socializing, and more. Foster families should anticipate some speed bumps along the way (potty accidents, a chewed shoe, and other daily "inconveniences" of normal dog behavior that go hand is hand with a new dog in the home.)
Each animal is an individual with different needs & requirements... as well as varying durations of stay. To minimize bouncing from place to place, we hope you can foster your dog until he or she is adopted. The average length from shelter to adoption is 4-5 weeks. However, this varies greatly and is never completely predictable. If your dog is adopted before 30 days is up, we may require you foster another dog until a 30 day minimum is met. A handful of our dogs have needed foster for 4 to 10 months before finding their forever homes.
Additionally, we ask foster families send weekly “pupdates” with pictures so we can show the world your foster dog & actively promote him or her. You will get to know your foster dog better than anyone & we want you to have a say in the adoption selection process -- we will send pre-screened, qualified, potentially matched adopters your way for meet and greets. These can be done at your home, the potential adopters home, or central/neutral locations like a nearby park.
Lastly, if you are going on vacation or out of town, we hope you can find accommodations for your foster dog, but we can potentially be back-up if given enough notice.
Hearts for Paws can provide fosters with bedding, food, toys, treats, leashes, collars, bowls, crates, monthly preventatives, and anything else you may need! Some fosters opt to use their own equipment or food, which is of course welcome. We also cover the costs of any necessary medical costs including vaccines, microchip, medicine & spay/neuter surgeries.
Fosters are the backbone of all rescue organizations & allow us to continue to save the lives of dogs at high-kill shelters. We could not continue to rescue and save dogs without our fosters.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!