Our Foster Program
Fostering a is a critical stepping stone for shelter dogs. It provides a temporary save haven for a dog that was once set to be euthanized and gives them a second chance at a deserving life. Fostering a dog is a very rewarding experience and you can customize this volunteer program to fit your needs and do as much or as little as you’d like. We are flexible and do our best to fit the needs of the foster home, as well as the foster dog. Without foster homes, these adoptable animals would have no chance at a second life with a wonderful family!! Typically, our group acts as a liaison between the foster family and rescue group that sponsored the dog, assisting with the coordination of vetting appointments, transports and adoptions.
***Before applying to foster and/or offering to take in a foster dog,
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Confirm you are allowed to have dogs at your residence – Check with your neighborhood association or condo/apartment complex and obtain permission to foster a dog regardless of time frame. Some associations are very strict about pets and require fees and/or may have breed restrictions. Please help us by making sure the dog you are offering to help is allowed and welcome before the dog is actually in your home
- Obtain permission / approval from ALL members of the household – including roommates, parents, and spouses!!! Just because they said “okay” a few weeks ago, doesn’t mean it’s okay right now. Please ask everyone in the home and ensure it’s a good time to bring in a foster dog, before offering to help. It’s not always an easy transition bringing a shelter dog into a home or moving a dog from one home to another. It takes some time for them to adjust to new environments and all members in the household must be wiling to accept this.
- Ensure all dogs in the home are up to date on all vaccinations – including: Rabies, Bordetella, DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) and on monthly Heartworm and flea preventatives.
- Do you have all the supplies needed? We try to provide all supplies needed and necessary to foster. However, sometimes our supplies are limited and it’s easier/quicker to obtain supplies yourself (if able). We always work to find whatever is needed so you can adequately foster but always appreciate help when they are donated or supplied by volunteers or other fosters! Supplies include: Crate (our crate supply is always limited, so any help trying to locate one to use or borrow is helpful!), Dog Food (we can provide if needed), Leash / Collar, Toys/Bones, Puppy Training Pads if fostering a puppy
FOSTER APPLICATION PROCESS (may vary case by case):
1) **Please review the Frequently Asked Questions tab so you better understand the program**
2) Complete the Foster Application
3) Once your foster application has been submitted, you may comment on the picture of the dog you can help and/
***Situations vary by day, depending on where the dog is, transport help and your availability. We rely heavily on email communication, so please be prepared to check emails while plans are made and during the time you are fostering.
4) Once you have the dog: We will link you up with the dog’s rescue group who is sponsoring him (See down below for “What to Expect” documents). In most foster cases, the dog will need to be spayed/
**Please Remember, we are all volunteers and have full times jobs. We have to work together to accommodate everyone’s (including the dog’s) needs, as well as everyone’s schedules and availability**
By applying to become a foster – you agree to the above requirements and understand the following: “While the animal is living with a foster family, it will remain the property of the rescue group 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 the rescue group and Dog Days of Charlotte.”
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ THIS before bringing the dog into your home!
Pack introductions: http://thek9coachblog.com/pack_introduction/
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN FOSTERING:
As you have read, we support and help several rescue groups, some local here in Charlotte, and some out of state. Below are reference documents that lay out some helpful information on what to expect when fostering a dog that belongs to those particular groups. Each group has their own way of doing things, fostering timeframes, expectations, etc.
- The Dog Days Foster Forum: A place where new fosters can ask questions about fostering, our process, or any concerns they might have. Our group members and other experienced fosters can provide the answers, suggestions, tips and advice! Join by searching for “Dog Days of Charlotte Foster Forum” and submit a request to Join.
- The K9 Coach Blog: Dana Brigman, the “K9 Coach” in Charlotte has great information, suggestions, tips and advice for many training needs: http://www.thek9coachblog.com
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