Please note that all fosters are expected to read this manual and sign the agreement before fostering.
why we need fosters
Our rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found. Our rescue dogs all come from high kill shelters in the Central Valley. In order to remove them from these shelter before they are euthanized, we need to secure a safe, loving, committed foster home first. Some examples of dogs who need our help to get out of the shelter: a puppy that is too young to be adopted, a dog with special medical needs, a dog who is stressed out in the shelter and doesn't "show" well to potential adopters, or many times a dog who is out of time at the shelter due to over-crowding.
why should you foster?
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. And while committing to fostering a rescue dog does add “work” to our already busy lives, by taking an animal in need into your home you are saving that dog's life. You are also freeing up a spot so the shelter can take in another dog so really you are saving 2 lives.
What is expected
The role of the foster is vital to helping a rescue dog find its forever home. It's like dog sitting, but you're literally saving a life! You provide the basics: love, food, patience, warmth, and a stable home until the dog gets adopted. You commit to helping the dog to transition into a happy and healthy member of society. Daily walks, two square meals, basic obedience practice, playing fetch in the yard, etc. are all ways to help a dog become a normal family pet. (Remember, many of the dogs we rescue were someone's family pet before being abandoned.) We work with you to pair you up with a foster dog that fits your situation and lifestyle. We will take care of transportation from the Central Valley, make sure dogs are vaccinated, altered, and microchipped.
how does the dog get adopted?
We have monthly adoption events at 3 PetSmarts, and we post the dog's profile to our website as well as other aggregator sites. We encourage fosters to also post on social media outlets such as Instagram, Facebook, Nextdoor, and of course word of mouth! Think of yourself as the dog's advocate. Taking the dog out and about with you and talking to people about your foster dog not only brings visibility to the dog but also the rescue work we do. Dogs promoted by their fosters tend to have a better chance of getting adopted more quickly...leaving you available to foster again 😎. We will field adoption inquiries and applications and work with you to screen potential adopters. If you think you've found the right fit, a volunteer will step in to finish the adoption process (adoption agreement, fee, medical records).
What if I need support after I've taken in a foster?
We are just a call or a text away. We want this to be a successful experience for you and the pup you're caring for. Dogs coming from the shelter can show a variety of behaviors and emotions. They can be scared, shy, depressed, withdrawn, or they can be absolutely fine! Take things slowly and don't introduce the new dog to everyone right away. It's always best to let them relax in a safe pen, play soft music, keep voices low to avoid overwhelming the dog. NO shopping at the mall, NO dog parks, and NO off leash privileges. They are safe now. They just need to sleep and and decompress. We usually don't know much about the history of the dogs before we take them into our custody. We do know that they will be vaccinated, fixed, and in need of love.