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THE BENEFITS OF FOSTERING

There are so many benefits to opening your home to foster a dog or cat, but just to name a few:

Why Should I Foster?

Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:

Freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another animal.

 

Giving your foster animal the time he needs to be ready for adoption.

 

Helping the rescue learn more about the animal so they can end up in the best home possible.

 

Socializing the animal to a home environment and possibly getting them used to being around other pets and different types of people.

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Key Responsibilites

Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment.

Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter.

Provide exercise and socialization if appropriate.

Monitor for physical and mental well-being.

Take pictures and update bio weekly  via post in the foster group/ or submit to intake@dallasdogrrr.org

Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments.

Transport to/from offsite adoption events.

If you are fostering cats, isolation from other animals in the home is required for a minimum of 10-14 days.

If you are fostering dogs decompression and quarantine is required for a minimum of 10-14 days 

If you are fostering a new puppy intake under a year NO PAWS on the ground during quarantine 10-14 days.

Join Our Foster/Adopter FB Page

Once you are an approved foster /adopter please join our page and answer the required questions. Once you complete the questions you will be accepted into the group.

Top Tips for Foster Parents

Check in regularly with your Foster Coordinator. 

Ask for advice if your puppy/dog/ has stopped eating. 

If your foster animal seems sick, check immediately for hydration – she should be drinking water, urinating, have an elastic skin tone and a moist mouth. 

Wash your hands and change your shirt after handling sick animals to prevent the spread of illness.

Never let your foster dog run loose outside; guard against escapes. 

Don’t leave your foster animals unattended with any resident animals, IF they are cleared to interact at all. 

Feed your foster animal(s) separately from other pets in your home

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Networking your foster dog!

If your dog’s picture is already on the shelter’s website, you should write a biography about his personality. A good bio makes a big difference in the number of calls the dog gets, so be descriptive! Try to include things like: 

 

What does the dog like to do? (play fetch, go for walks, etc.) Is he a cuddler? Does he have experience with other animals and children? 

 

Of course, any cute things that he does or anything you want to point out about his fur or appearance is good as well. It can be as long as you want, but the typical description is a paragraph or two. 

 

If the dog has some bad habits, this can be discussed during the first phone conversation. The bio should generate interest, not turn people away. We don’t want to mislead people; however, we really try to focus on the positive. Please email the bio to the Coordinator

 

If your dog’s picture is not yet on the website, there are several options for getting pictures taken and posted. If you have access to a digital camera and would like to take the pictures yourself, you are welcome to do so. Please email them in .jpg format to the website posting team with the dog’s bio.

 

We have the opportunity with several photographers in our group to get professional photographs taken.  The photographs that are taken are used in social media posts, marketing/ branding. 

EVALUATION & TRAINING

In addition to all of this pampering, each of our dogs are evaluated to determine what type of rehabilitation process they will need. Depending on the circumstance, this can include mental, physical and emotional healing. Once they are healthy, the training begins. We help them brush up on what they already know and learn new skills that will help them be a happier, more secure, and confident pup.