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FOSTER RESOURCES

IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHEN YOU FOSTER A DALLAS DOGRRR DOG

DOS

We recommend that you set up a confined space for your dog when you cannot keep an eye on them – a crate or playpen will work wonders for both you and your dog

We recommend that you establish a routine, for feeding, potty, and nap times to help your dog acclimate to your home and prevent accidents.

We require you to have fresh water available all day, in a clean bowl

We require that when a foster dog is on a walk that the foster dog is wearing a  fitted collar and harness with a tag. 

We require you to follow a quarantine protocol - that is 14 days upon arrival from the south Texas transport, shelter, and or the streets.  

We require decompression time that is sometimes a minimum of 14 days, sometimes it may be longer depending on each dog. Allow your dog an adjustment period – this is a whole new environment for them.

Do keep up with training, even when you think they have mastered the skill

Do check your dog’s collar regularly to make sure it’s correctly fitted and it has a DOGRRR tag.

We recommend that you feed your foster animal(s) separately from other pets in your home.

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DO NOTS

Do not leave your foster dog unattended outdoors under any circumstances – even during the day

Try not to crate your dog for more than 6 consecutive hours (unless approved by our foster team)

Please limit taking dogs for a walk if  the ground is too hot – if you can’t keep your palm on the ground for more than 5 seconds the ground is too hot for their paws

NEVER leave our dog in the car unattended – they can overheat and die in a matter of minutes

We encourage you not to jump to their rescue the moment they cry in their crate – they will never learn independence!

DO NOT use verbal or physical aggression to address misbehavior or potty accidents

We ask that you DO NOT feed your foster dog table scraps despite how cute they may look when they beg

Do not leave doors to the outside open when bringing in groceries or other items. Please make sure the dog is secured before opening the door if the dog is a flight risk.

DO NOT USE RETRACTABLE LEASHES- it is very hard to control a dog on a retractable leash.

DO NOT PLACE A CHOKE CHAIN, PRONG COLLAR, OR E-COLLAR/SHOCK COLLAR ON ANY DogRRR DOG FOR ANY REASON.

Foster Failing

AKA I Want to Adopt My Foster Animal
Oh No! I have fallen in LOVE with my Foster Animal! What do I need to do? 

A “foster failure” is the lighthearted affectionate term used to describe when a foster pet parent permanently adopts the dog or cat. So, while it is technically a “failure” because pet foster placements are meant to be temporary; it is also a “success” because the pet has found a loving, safe forever home.

 

Once we decide we want to adopt our foster animal, what are the next steps?

As a foster, you have the ability to adopt your foster animal, adding them to your forever family before they are available to the general public. As soon as you know you want to adopt, you need to let your foster coordinator (Barbara) and the adoption team know by emailing adopt@dallasdogrrr.org . Please do not delay on making this decision,  as soon as you know, please let someone know. Once your pup is ready to be made available after their quarantine period, puppies have received their second round of shots and adult dogs over 6 months will be made active after the 2 weeks quarantine and they are altered. 

 

Someone should contact you when they are making your foster pup active, this is the last time you will be contacted before your foster animal is made active. At that time if you want to adopt, please let the adoptions and foster team know. Once the pup is made active ,the applications are given a priority to adopt. You may not be notified when we initially receive an application, so if you know you are going to want to adopt let US know ASAP!  

 

There are two types of applications; 

Generic Applications: Filled out when a friend, family member, or someone from social media and or the foster group has the opportunity to apply prior to the pup being made available.  

 

Adoption Applications: This application is filled out on our website for a specific dog.  

 

Once the generic/adoption application is submitted the adoption team begins the approval process of the applicant. They may begin by reaching out to you to get updated information about your foster animal or they may begin by reaching out to the applicant, then check their personal references, vet references, and complete the home check.  Once that is complete, they should reach out to you, the foster.  

 

The adoption team will contact you to set up a meet and greet with the foster animal and the potential new family member. At this time you will NOT be given the opportunity to adopt your foster animal. We will ask you to complete the meet and greet if the applications get approved. Foster failing will NOT be permitted.  f the meet and greet does not go well and/or they decide not to adopt you then will have an opportunity for your foster pet. 

 

My foster animal is active but I just started fostering them. Can I still adopt?

 (FOSTER FAIL), this is a tricky one- there are a few variables - if the animal has received applications those will be processed first. We will not make your foster animal inactive so you would have to make the decision rather quickly. Once a foster animal is made active we will not make it inactive. It is our goal  to get these foster animals adopted. Making them inactive limits their ability to be adopted and our ability to save another animal. It is critical that you let someone know as soon as you are interested in adopting. If your foster animal does not have any applications, you may apply to adopt. However, if there are current working applications, then you must wait until they have been reviewed before adopting. 

 

I am a foster for Dallas Dog. Do I get my adoption discounted?

Unfortunately, we no longer offer discounted adoption fees for fosters. The adoption fee covers our cost for vetting for the rescue animal. We ensure that all animals receive all of their vaccinations, microchip, are altered, have clean fecal and they also receive heartworm and flea prevention. The increased cost of vet care has impacted us significantly in the past year.  As a non-profit, we cannot afford to reduce the rates. If you cannot afford the fee, you might want to think about if this is the best time to adopt a pet. 

 

I finalized my adoption for my foster animals, can I keep the supplies?  

Unfortunately no, these must be returned to the rescue. These items are donated for the rescue and we sometimes only have a limited amount and need to have those items returned back to your depot. Things that you can keep once you adopt your foster is leftover food, used toys, beds, and blankets.  Things you must return are puppy pens, crates, puppy gates, harnesses, collars, leashes, any leftover medications that were not used etc.

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TIPS TO NETWORKING YOUR FOSTER DOG!

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Promote Your Foster Pup on Social Media

Post about your foster pup on social media to get the word out! You never know whose friend-of-a-friend may be looking for a new pooch. Share your best pic of your foster and be sure to specifically ask other users to “share this post to help get [foster dog name] adopted!”

  • It may feel a bit spammy, but studies have shown that direct, specific calls-to-action (like a request for a share) will get better results than not including a call to action.

  • Giving your pup defining attributes may allow him to connect with his perfect fit more easily (for example, describing a dog as a hiking machine with wanderlust may attract an outdoorsy owner).

Post About Your Foster on Local Facebook Groups
  • In many cities, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of local Facebook Groups designed for residents. Try posting info about your foster to Facebook groups created for new residents, dog walkers, local shared resource groups, hiking clubs, running clubs, etc.

  • Just make sure to read the group’s rules first, as some might not allow these kinds of adoption requests.

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Make an Instagram Handle For Your Foster
  • Many foster parents choose to make Instagram accounts specifically for their foster dogs! This allows foster parents to easily take photos and videos showcasing their foster pup’s best qualities and share it all on one dedicated profile to get their foster dog Instagram famous!

  • It’s easy to share the profile online, and also allows you to comment on other community-related Instagram posts and easily direct people to your pup’s page.

  • Make sure to utilize hashtags to get the most attention for your foster as possible. Some hashtag ideas include:

  • Common Dog Saying (#dogdaysofsummer #dogdays #lazydog)

  • Breed Terms (#boxermix #boxers #boxermixedbreeds #boxermixes #boxercrosses #boxercross)

  • Any Variation on “Dog” (#pup #pupper #doggo #bestdogever)

  • Local or Regional Phrases (#AustinTX #AustinDogs #DogsofDFW #DogsofDallas)

  • Foster Terms (#fosterdogs #bestfosterdogever #fosterpup #DFWfosterdogs)

DallasDogRRR Tags

#DOGRRRNATION #DOGRRRDOGSNAME #DOGRRR #dallasdog #dallasdogrrr #rescuerehabreform #dogrrr the dogs name #dogrrrnation  #dogrrr #transformationtuesday #throwbackthursday  #SeniorSpotlight #adoptable___ #DogRRRDude #DogRRRDudette  #DapperDoggRRR #DogRRRfoster #DogRRRcrew #dallasdogrrrpack #dallasdogs #dallas(whatever breed), #dfwdogs, #dfw(whatever breed) #dogrrralum #ThisIsDogrrr #OneDogrrrAtaTime #Thisisdogrrr #betterDogrrrdaysahead #fosteringsaveslives #savedbythedog #rescuedog #fromthesheltertorescued  #RescueLove​

Use High-Quality Photos
(Or Even a Professional Photographer)
  • It’s as true for dating apps as it is for foster dogs – photos make all the difference! High-quality, well-shot photos will get a lot more attention for your foster dog than blurry, old, or low-quality pics.

  • There’s a lot you can do with an iPhone these days, but professional pet photographers often know how to capture a dog’s personality in just the right way.

  • Consider asking your local animal shelter if they have certain days where they do photoshoots (many do) or consider getting a pet photographer friend to snap some shots for you.

  • You may also want to consider reaching out to our professional pet photographer – Ren Dowhaniuk. She will schedule a session with you and your foster dog.

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Create a Story For Your Pooch
  • As humans, we are drawn to stories. They make us emotional and draw empathy.

  • Try to create an interesting story about your dog – this is easier when you have more information about your dog’s history, but it can be done with simply what you’ve discovered about your foster. What activities does your foster seem to love? What would be his “perfect day?”

Make Flyers & Post Them At Local Coffee Shops
  • It’s old school but it works! Consider creating a colorful flyer with a photo of your dog and blurbs about his better qualities. Post the flyer in coffee shops, vet offices, etc.

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Post About Your Pet on Nextdoor
  • Nextdoor is a social media platform geared towards local communities and neighborhoods. I’ve known many fosters who have had great success with Nextdoor for finding local families who might be ready for a new fur friend.

  • Bring Your Foster to Adoption Events.

  • Many pet supply stores or local pet-oriented businesses will host adoption days, letting shelters and shelter foster parents bring in dogs to meet the public.

  • Shelters will also often organize adoption festivals and events which foster parents should take advantage of attending so that people can meet your foster pup in person!

Have Your Dog Wear Special “Adopt Me” Gear
  • When you take your dog out and about on walks or to outdoor patios, make sure to outfit your dog in proper foster attire – for dogs who will put up with it, an “adopt me” harness is perfect for getting attention from those who pass by.

  • There are also “adopt me” leash covers for dogs who aren’t fond of apparel. Bandanas are another option, although they aren’t usually as visible and can move around and become obstructed.

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Attend Local Events & Festivals
  • If your foster dog does well in public, put on some of the “adopt me” gear mentioned above and start attending public events! The more eyeballs on your pup, the better his chance is of getting adopted.

Use Videos
  • Videos continue to make excellent content for social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, so grab your phones and start filming! What better way to show a dog’s personality than by featuring videos of him in a variety of environments outside of the shelter? Consider taking videos of dogs trying a new treat or toy for the first time, ask fosters to share videos of their foster dog inside the home or on a walk – just have fun and get creative!

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Engage with Instagram
  • Keep your audience engaged through fun and compelling Instagram Stories promoting available animals, upcoming events and sharing other updates from your shelter or rescue. You can also take your stories to the next level by using any of the various sticker options below:

  • Add a hashtag to increase visibility

  • Add a donate button to raise donations

  • Add a location or create a countdown for an upcoming adoption event

  • Create a poll to engage with your followers

  • Animate a photo or video with a GIF

Maximize Facebook Tools
  • Facebook has many features, so make sure you’re taking advantage of them!

  • Hosting a special adoption promotion or in-person event? Consider creating a Facebook event to help drive traffic straight to your shelter or rescue! With a Facebook event, people can RSVP or express interest in attending, and they’ll receive reminders, so they won’t forget. You can also see metrics by looking at your Facebook Insights and clicking in “Events.”

  • Once the event is created, you can increase your reach by creating a Facebook ad campaign using the event itself and setting the objective as “event response”.

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Try TikTok
  • There has been a lot of buzz around TikTok, and now is your chance to try it! Use the platform to create short, captivating videos to raise awareness, speak to your fans and reach a new untapped audience. Here are our top tips for using TikTok:

  • Most TikTok videos are made to music, and you can leverage snippets of popular songs to showcase your animals

  • Record vertical videos of adorable animals up to 15 seconds in length and then find a relevant song and add it to the video

  • Humor is a major draw on TikTok, especially when what’s happening in the video correlates with the song

  • Don’t forget to use relevant hashtags

TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR FOSTERS DOGS PHOTO & TIPS ON WRITING THEIR BIO

There are so many options for marketing a foster pet, and so many avenues to get your foster pets' exposure. Dallas Dogrrr provides marketing for your pet such as our website Petfinder, and adoption events. We really need your help with the marketing materials on your pet,i.e.: – pictures and bios.

 

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your marketing efforts for your foster pet!
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Photos:

It’s a fact that human beings are visually stimulated. We choose our life partners that way, and we choose our pets based on appearances first, so photos are especially important.

  • Show different styles and sides of your pet.  Try to get different attributes of your pet’s personality, such as a picture of them playing, but also get a good clear face shot and a full body shot of your pet.

  • Take new pictures every few weeks. 

    • As your pet relaxes into your home, the photos you’re able to take will get better and better!

    • This step is really critical for those fostering puppies. Their looks change quickly and we need to stay on top of that. We love to have puppies pre-adopted so they can go to their forever home starting at 8 weeks old. 

    • Puppy mommas go through a lot of body changes. Update her picture regularly. Every girl wants to look her best – especially if posted on the Internet. 

  • Be cautious of your background. It may be cute that your son or daughter is playing around with your foster pet in their underwear, but please save those moments for your family to cherish. We don’t really feel comfortable sharing that kind of thing on the internet. 

  • Portrait orientation shows best on the web.

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Videos:

Videos should be taken in good lighting and should be shot with landscape orientation for best viewing on the web. You want the video to be long enough that the viewer gets a good idea of what’s happening, but not so long that they click off of the video before it’s over. An ideal length is between 30 seconds and 1 minute. Finally, all videos should show something unique about the foster pet.  

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Bios:

Bios serve as more than just a blurb about your pet for the reader. Good bios save volunteers a lot of time because they’re able to answer questions for a potential adopter when you’re not around! No worries if you’re not comfortable writing a bio. Send us the info and we’ll write it.

  • The adoption is in the details. We hope all your foster pets are loving, and love to snuggle. We need the little tidbits that you only get by living with them. Examples are your pet does tricks, lets your toddler crawl on them, or drags a blanket around. 

  • Be honest about what you know. If your pet has some negative traits (hey, nobody’s perfect), we need to disclose that, but you don’t tell someone on a first date about your crazy parents.  Lead with all the wonderful stuff, and then ease the reader into the pet’s faults. 

  • Where did they come from? Adopters love to know the story of the dog’s history. If you know the story, it’s riveting, and you can share it in a sentence or two, please do.  

  • Keep it short and sweet. To avoid reader fatigue, hit the highlights, and keep the bios to 3-4 paragraphs of 3-4 lines each.

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