Frequently asked questions about Fostering:
How do I qualify to be a foster parent? Simply complete the Foster Application located on the “Contact Us” tab which includes information regarding your current pets and their veterinarian. Your vet will be contacted to make sure that your pets are current on shots and vaccinations. It is the responsibility of the foster parent to ensure their own pets are up to date on all vaccinations (Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordatella) AND on monthly heartworm/intestinal worm and flea preventatives before bringing foster dog into their home.
How long will I have a foster dog? The foster time varies depending on the rescue group the dog belongs to.
**For dogs belonging to out of state rescue groups, you could have your foster dog anywhere from 2 days to roughly 2-3 weeks depending on the transport date. Unfortunately, transports can be unpredictable due to travel routes and weather conditions, therefore we never have a definite day or time that a transport will occur until later in the process. We are an extremely flexible organization so if you cannot keep the foster dog the entire time, we will find an alternative placement for you until the transport takes place.
**For dogs belonging to local rescues, the foster time period could be longer than the 2-3 weeks, and involve taking the dogs to local adoption events on the weekends. Details on events and process will be provided upon fostering.
My home is small and I don’t have a yard, can I foster? Absolutely. There is no perfect situation for a foster dog. It’s simply life or death. Being crated for a couple weeks with walks and love everyday is better than the alternative.
Is it safe to let my foster dog around my own dog? All dogs are vaccinated and temperament tested before entering a home, although we never know exactly how much stress a dog is under or if they have been exposted to illness. Therefore, we recommend keeping the foster dog separate from your own pets, at least for the first few days to determine temperament and health. It is the responsibility of the foster parent to ensure their own pets are up to date on all vaccinations including Rabies, DHLPP and Bordatella, before bringing foster dog into their home. **Before introducing your dog to the new foster dog, please read this article about “Pack Introductions” http://thek9coachblog.com/pack_introduction/
Are the foster dogs housebroken? There is no way of knowing, unless they are coming from a different rescue or were previously fostered. You will more than likely find out before we do! (We encourage using newspapers and/or puppy training pads, along w/ trying to crate train the dog, which ultimately helps with potty training)
What should I wash the dogs with? Any dog shampoo is fine, or we recommend using Blue DAWN dish soap that can be found at any grocery store, which kills almost anything & everything.
What happens if I become too attached to the foster? Can I adopt? It depends. Some rescues allow local adoptions, some do not. Every dog and situation is different. We strive in maintaining great relationships with our rescues and when we pull a dog from the shelter, the rescue is already counting on having that dog in their program. Some dogs even having potential adopters before they transport to the rescue. It’s best to ask if the dog is up for adoption up front before you start fostering, especially if you are already considering adoption. To learn more about adoptions, please fill out the adoption form located on the “Contact Us” tab, along with our adoption application.
FOSTER AGREEMENT: While the animal is living with a foster family, it will remain the property of the rescue in which it was pulled under. Therefore, all final decisions regarding the welfare of the animal will be the responsibility of this rescue. By submitting an application for consideration, you agree to abide by the policies and procedures of Dog Days of Charlotte.
Where and how are the dogs transported? Dogs are transported by reliable, reputable transport companies using mobile vans and even by planes depending on the transport date. They are almost always in route with several other rescued dogs across the South Eastern states and stop every 4 hours for breaks until they reach their destination. The foster may be asked to help get the foster dog to the tranport pick up location, which is sometimes determined a day or 2 before they leave. If you are unable to meet transport, we can post for volunteers to help. We will get them where they need to be, somehow, some way!
What happens once they reach the rescue? Many dogs go straight to their forever home while others go into foster homes until they are adopted there. They are never sent back into a shelter environment. Rescues we use include but are not limited to: LuLu’s Rescue, Furry Friends Pet Rescue, Take Me Home Rescue, A Long Road Home
How do you pick the dogs you pull from the shelter? We primarily base our selection of dogs on the day they are scheduled to be euthanized. We take into consider what types and breeds we know our partnering rescues will take into their program or who we think can be adopted out quickly. The number of dogs we rescue depends on how many fosters are volunteering.
Why do you ask for pictures? We ask our fosters to take and send in pictures, small videos and short bio’s of their fosters, so that the designated rescue can go ahead and start the process of finding them a fur-ever home. These pictures and info are helpful, as they use them when posting on their websites, Facebook and pet finder sites.
How do you pay for the fostering expenses? We are a volunteer-based organization and run soley on donations. We are always in need of monetary donations and supplies. We have occasional fundraisers and are always looking for new creative ideas and ways to raise funds. Unfortunately, some dogs get sick, or diagnosed with heartworms, both causing a pretty penny to treat. If you are interested in donating, please fill out our “I want to donate” form on the Contact Us tab. If donating supplies, we can arrange a drop off location. For monetary donations, we accept checks written to ‘Dog Days of Charlotte’, Paypal account: email@example.com or payments can be called in to a vet where dogs are being treated. (Dog Days of Charlotte is a 501c3 non-profit organization, which means all of your donations are tax deductible! Donations of any of kind and size are greatly appreciated!)
Frequently asked health related questions:
**If your foster dog/puppy has any of the following symptoms, please email us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Emergency” in the suject line)
blood in vomit or stool
- loss of apptetite and lethargy
- open/infected wounds
My foster dog isn’t eating, is it sick? A lot of dogs coming out of a high stress shelter environment will not eat right away. It may take a day for their nerves to settle and gain an appetite. If this is the case, be on the lookout for other symptoms that may indicate a different problem (vomiting, lethargy) and advise us if they are not eating by the following night.
What happens if my foster dog gets sick? Most animals coming from a shelter develop allergies or a stuffy nose due to the stale air atmosphere and disgusting environment. Please advise us of their condition, we have medication for almost all situations and/or will have a vet appointment made upon rescue group approval.
What symptoms and signs should I be looking for? Runny noses and loose stool are common and we have medication to help them feel better. If you see blood in their vomit or stool, or the dog has become lethargic, not eating or drinking, please notify us immediately – email@example.com
Should I take my foster dog to my current local vet? No. We have most medicines needed and also have relationships with certain vets that give us discounted prices. Please contact us first before visiting a vet. Reimbursement from the rescue is NOT guaranteed.
I think my dog has worms – A lot of foster dogs will have worms. It’s not a fun fact, but it’s normal. There are basically 5 types of dog worms: roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and heartworms. All dogs receive a dewormer before entering a foster home; therefore you may see them in the stool during the shedding process. If this is the case, be sure to dispose of the stool in the trash.
Are worms contagious? Yes, some worms can be transmitted a number of different ways. If your dog has worms, please make sure to dispose of the feces, disinfect the area and wash your hands. Please contact us to see if another de-wormer is needed. For more information, visit http://www.vetinfo.com/canine-worms.html.
Are heart worms contagious? No, mosquitoes spread this disease when they become infected from biting other dogs that have it. Testing positive for heartworms is a serious condition that can turn fatal if left untreated.
Will my foster dog be spayed/ neutered while I have them in my care? It depends on many factors including age, transport date and health. If the dog has the minor surgery while in your care, we can help make arrangements to and from the clinic if you do not have the availability.