Foster

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Fostering is the most rewarding part of volunteering for a shelter or rescue organization.  When a rescue does not have a physical facility, the use of fosters is  essential in order to rescue as many dogs as possible.  

Every dog that is fostered and subsequently adopted makes room for another dog to be taken out of a shelter environment and placed in a loving foster home.

While fostering it is a great way to help rescues help homeless animals, you must be prepared to be a foster pet parent.  Below is a list of factors that should be taken into consideration before taking a foster pet into your home.

  • Does size matter to you?
  • Are you okay with barking, drooling, or shedding?
  • Can you handle medical or behavioral issues?
  • Is everyone in your household on board with fostering?
  • Do you have children?
  • Will your resident dog or cat accept another dog in their home?
  • Does anyone in the house have allergies?
  • Do you have a fenced-in yard?  
  • Do you have time to socialize and train your foster dog? This includes going for walks, taking classes, etc.
  • Do you frequent dog parks? W.A.R. will not allow fosters to take the dogs in their care to dog parks.
  • Will you be willing to keep fostering this dog until its adoption? Some breeds, especially adolescent bully breeds, can sometimes take months to be adopted.

Fostering entails more than just housing a dog and loving it. It also involves teaching the dog to be a well mannered companion. Most times we will not know the dog’s history.  The dog may have behavioral problems ranging from mild (jumping) to severe (separation anxiety).  As a foster parent, you will be asked to try to help the dog overcome his/her issue(s).

Training and socializing makes for a very adoptable and enjoyable pet. This is just as important for puppies as it is for adolescent or adult dogs. W.A.R. only uses Positive Reinforcement when training dogs.

Although many people believe rescue dogs were physically abused, this is rarely the case.  There are many kinds of abuse that do not include hitting and beating an animal. Abuse can be in the form of mental torment or not grooming properly, if at all, which allows painful matting to form.  

As a W.A.R. Foster Pet Parent you will be required to house-train, crate train, socialize, and teach basics, such as sit, down, come.  The foster parent should also keep a journal of the dog’s progress, problems, issues, etc. If you choose, you can be part of the adoption process of your foster dog. Either way, we value and depend on your opinion/advice on whether the potential adopter is a good match for this particular dog.

THINGS NEEDED BEFORE YOU BRING YOUR FOSTER HOME:

  • Crate
  • ExPen
  • Baby Gates
  • Kongs (at least 2)
  • Dog Bed
  • Food
  • Food & Water Bowls
  • Collar & Leash

W.A.R. will supply you with as much of this as we possibly can .  At the discretion of the Directors, some supplies will be reimbursed and others may not.

W.A.R. Representatives are here to help you in any way to make your fostering experience a great one!

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