1. Completion of this application does not guarantee acceptance as a foster home.
2. We are a small breed rescue. The dogs we rescue generally weigh under 15 pounds.
3. Prior to rescuing a new dog, we must have a reliable foster home in place to take the dog. Because we are a very small organization, we do not typically have an alternate foster home available to immediately transfer a dog to should the foster decide they no longer wish to foster the dog.
4. We do not accept requests to foster a specific dog that is already settled into a foster home. Our goal is to provide the most stability to our rescues as possible and since these dogs have already faced a lot of stress, we do not feel it is in their best interest to transfer them between foster homes unless necessary.
5. Our rescues mainly come from puppy mills and high-kill shelters. On occasion, we will take an owner surrender if we have foster space available. When we rescue a dog, we typically only know the breed, gender, and estimated age of the dog. Although we do our best to get as much information about the dog as possible, we cannot guarantee the dog’s behavior with other dogs or with young children. Because of this we cannot have young children in our foster homes. We cannot take the risk of a young child being bit as it is a liability to the organization.
6. Typically dogs we rescue are not house trained. We need foster homes that are willing to take on the effort of house training the rescue dog and patient in dealing with accidents. Unless the dog has come from a previous home environment where they learned to potty while walking on a leash, it can be challenging to potty train without a fenced in yard. Fosters need to be up for this challenge if agreeing to foster without a fenced in yard. We will allow foster homes without fenced in yards for some of our rescues, depending on their background.
7. Puppy mill rescues are typically very timid and have social challenges. They have been living in the country outside in a cage for many years. In a new home environment, every sound and experience is new and very scary for them. Our experience has been that these dogs do not do well in an environment where they are the only dog. They are also typically a flight risk during their first weeks or months and cannot be brought outside unless in a yard that is 100% secure with a solid fence. If they were to take off, they would likely never be caught. Because of their special needs, we require fosters of puppy mill dogs to have a fenced in yard, at least one other small friendly dog they can feel secure with, and a calm environment without small children
After reading the information provided, if you are still interested in fostering, please answer all questions to the best of your ability.