Fostering a dog allows us to help another dog in need.
Every year hundreds of thousands animals are taken in to Southern California Shelters. A large number of them are euthanized due to overcrowding. Since we do not have a kennel facility of our own, our foster parents are literally life savers. Every time we have a loving, safe place for a dog to go we are able to rescue another furry friend in need.
What Does A foster Parent/Family Do?
Foster families take in one or more of our rescued dogs until a permanent, screened home can be found. Fosters are our lifeline; for every foster person/family we have we are able to save another dog! It costs about $25 a day to board a dog, with foster homes we save valuable funds to rescue more animals. Fosters provide a loving home where a dog can await its fur-ever home. We take care of all medical expenses. Being a foster parent is a great way to help if you are unable or not ready to adopt a dog. With our rescued dogs living in a home environment it helps us to determine how to best place the dog. Your input is very helpful. For instance, is he a couch potato? Does he like to fetch? Does he cry when left? Does he like to sleep under the covers? Does he play with toys? Is he good with cats? Would this dog be ok in an apartment?
Why Do Rescued Dogs Need Foster Homes?
The shelters in Southern California are so full that many times healthy adoptable animals are euthanized simply for space. Other times dogs have costly injuries or medical expenses that the City or County simply cannot afford. That’s where you come in, providing a temporary home for a rescued dog can literally be life-saving. Also, by not spending our funds on boarding we are able to help more animals. Living in a home environment is a wonderful gift foster parents give to a rescued dog. It helps us learn more about what the dog is like and prevents them from spending more time in a cage. It also increases their chances for adoption.
How Does A Dog in Foster Care Find A Home?
In addition to our website we have two adoption sites. Every Saturday & Sunday, rain or shine, our dedicated volunteers show our dogs to potential adopters. Our locations are at Petco & Unleashed stores in Beaverton and Portland. Ideally, the foster family brings the dog to the event and picks him up when the event is over. Both Petco & Unleashed locations are where many potential adopters come to shop for their existing pet or specifically to meet one our dogs they have seen on our website. As a foster its best if you take the afternoon off and pick up the dog at the end of the day.
What if I live too far away to bring a foster dog to adoptions on Weekends? Can I still help?
YES! We very often rescue dogs who for one reason or another are not ready for adoptions. Some dogs have a recovery period from surgery where they need time to recuperate. Other dogs need to live in a home for a period of time in order to be socialized and learn to trust. On occasion we take in pregnant dogs or new moms and their litters. These special cases are often taken on by folks who live too far away to bring a dog every weekend. When they are ready we can make transportation arrangements or possibly move the dog to a closer foster home.
What If I Already Have a Dog(s)?
You’ll want to consider how the other animals in your household will adjust to having a new furry friend. Some animals love the company of a new playmate or sun bathing partner while others might have a harder time adjusting to new animals in the household. You are the best judge of your current situation. We try to match our foster homes and rescue dogs as best we can. What If We Decide We Want To Adopt Our Foster Dog? Sometimes we match our rescued dogs and foster homes so well that they never leave! This is why we are always in need of foster homes If you decide you want to adopt your foster let us know and we’ll work out the details. Our goal is always what’s best for the dogs we rescue.
How Long Does It Usually Take To Place A Dog Through Your Adoption Process?
All potential adopters fill out an application that is reviewed by our adoption panel. We do home visits on all of our potential adoptive homes. The amount of time it takes for a dog to get adopted can vary greatly. The average amount of time it takes a dog to get adopted is 4-6 weeks. Some dogs get applicants at the first event they go to while others take longer. No dog goes to an adoptive home on the day an application is filled out. Once an application is approved the dog is usually placed in its adoptive home within one week. While it is ideal for a dog to remain in his foster home until adopted we realize this is not always possible. If you have travel plans or can only commit to a finite amount of time just let us know. We do however ask that you be able to commit to 2 months. We try not to have to move the dogs around to much, it can hinder training, socialization and trust. They have been through so much already, we want them to feel as secure as possible until they go to their fur-ever home.
I’m Ready, How Do I Sign Up?
We are happy to have a volunteer come to your home to meet with you, and bring you a foster application, to help us get to know you, your family, and your lifestyle. Once you application is approved you become part of our greatly appreciated foster network. Fostering is a wonderful way to help us save homeless pets. If your home does not work out for a particular dog we will make arrangements to find another foster home for him. You are never in a position of having a dog that doesn’t suit you and your family. We are always here for support and could not help the animals without your help.