Fosters provide a temporary home for a dog until they can be adopted. A foster home is a less stressful environment than a shelter kennel. Dogs in shelter kennels may not show their true personalities; they can become withdrawn or reactive due to stress. Placing dogs with temporary families allows us to learn about the dog so we can match them with the best adoptive home. It is also an opportunity to work on behavioural issues, housetraining and obedience so these dogs have a better shot at being adopted quickly.
Animal companionship without the expense
Pet ownership is a huge financial commitment for 10+ years. Not everyone is in a position to make that commitment. When you foster, all costs relating to food, supplies, training and veterinary care are taken care of by the rescue.
As a foster, you can decide when you are (or are not) available to take a dog. Maybe you spend your winters down south? Perhaps you’re a university student with a particularly difficult semester? Did you land a new contract that requires longer hours or travel? You are welcome to take breaks from fostering to accommodate life’s unexpected twists.
Every dog has something they are working on. It could be leash walking, house training, recall, separation anxiety or resource guarding. As a foster, you will be exposed to many dogs with different training needs. With our guidance, you’ll learn to correct many of these behavioural issues and become a more confident and competent dog handler.
Many people use fostering as a chance to “test drive” what it’s like having a(nother) dog in the house. Adding a dog to your family can create a huge lifestyle change, so it’s wise to know what you’re getting yourself into. We must stress though, that this cannot be the only reason you want to foster. Foster families should have the main goal of helping dogs. If they happen to find their soul-mutt along the way – fantastic!
The best reason to foster! By fostering, you give a homeless dog a chance at a good life. You may be showing them the first bit of love and kindness they have ever known.
How to apply
Foster families with T.E.A.M. Dog Rescue must complete an application process. This helps us ensure that foster families are responsible, committed and up for the challenge of fostering. The application process has five steps:
• Submit an application form online
• The Foster Program Manager will give you a call to chat about your application and your lifestyle so we can decide if the foster program is a good fit for you.
• A volunteer will call three personal references and your vet (if applicable).
• A volunteer will visit your home to ensure it is a safe environment for a dog.
• If accepted, you will sign a contract and we’ll start looking for your first foster dog!
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