We are excited that you want to learn more about becoming one of the most important volunteers in our rescue! Because we do not have a shelter, our foster homes are the only way that we can continue to help sphynx and pit bulls in need. You provide the home, love, patience and valuable training that will make a difference in the lives of the homeless dogs and cats.
Foster parents are the most important people involved in a rescue. We are constantly getting requests to pull homeless pets from shelters, and without the support of our fosters, we wouldn’t have space for them. Basically, the more people willing to foster pets in need, the more lives we can save.
What does a Foster Parent Do?
Foster parents care for the dogs or cats as if they were their own. Once we’ve taken a pet from a shelter and placed them in a foster home, we are able to immediately start evaluating them to find a perfect forever home. Foster parents can tell potential adopters what the pets are like in a home situation, their personality traits, and little quirks – things that are impossible to tell in a shelter situation. Foster parents that are dedicated to finding a permanent home for the pet will also put in valuable time to train, socialize, and provide love. Some cases may include providing ongoing veterinary care or taking care of babies until they are old enough for adoption.
How long will the Foster Dog stay with me?
Each foster case is different. A foster parent is the best advocate for their foster pet to be adopted. Getting them out to adoption events, sending in updated photos for the website, talking them up with friends and family – all of these things can affect how quickly your foster gets adopted. Foster parents should consider that it will be a several month commitment. We hope that our foster parents are in it for the long haul and will make the commitment to stick with their foster pet – no matter how long it takes for them to get adopted.
What do I need to be a Foster Parent?
The main criteria are love and patience. If you’re fostering a dog, we ask that your yard is secure and properly fenced. It’s okay if you have another dog or cat, so long as they are friendly with other pets. Before you become a foster, you and your existing pets will meet our rescued pets to make sure you foster one that is a good fit for your family.
Do I have to pay for everything myself?
We rely on the generosity of our donors and are able to cover most expenses you will incur for your foster – food, crates, collars, leashes, beds, toys. In the event that the dog requires medical treatment or medication, we take care of those expenses as well.
How do you handle potential adopters for my Foster?
Adoption applications come in through the website and are reviewed first by our Board and then by the various Directors who have had direct contact with your foster dog. Once an application is approved, we will work with you towards getting your foster pet adopted. You are welcome to be as much or as little involved as you want. We only ask that you make the pet readily available once the process starts. Adopters are eager to move through the process once they feel that connection.
What if I become attached to my Foster?
That is completely natural – you are fostering because you love dogs or cats, and you will probably become attached. You will probably even wonder whether you will be able to give him/her up when the time comes. Experienced fosters will tell you that you fall in love with each and every pet that shares your life. However, while you will be sad when they leave, you will also be so excited to help the next one.
What if I want to adopt my Foster?
You are welcome to put in an adoption application on your own foster. We have a policy in place that a foster parent can opt to adopt a dog or cat that they have fostered for the financial amount that B&B has put in to the animal or the full adoption fee, whichever is less.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, fill out a foster parent application.