How do I become a foster home?
Step one is to review the foster home guidelines on the documents page of our website to make sure that you are comfortable with the guidelines we have for our fosters. Step 2 is to fill out the foster application on the application page of this website. Once we have your application we will contact you to see what dogs we have would be a good fit for your home as a foster.
Do I have to buy anything for the dog I foster?
No, the rescue will provide everything you need for your foster dog. The rescue provides a kennel, food and water dish, food, pee pads if needed, leash collar and harness. If you would like to provide any of these things for your foster dog, the rescue would be grateful.
Do I have to pay for the vet if something happens to the dog while in my care?
No, the rescues pays for all the medical care of the dog you foster. The vet we use is City Park Animal Clinic 970-224-2929.
Are the dogs housebroken when they come to rescue?
Many of the dogs will come from a shelter and we will have little to no information about the dog. It would be safe to assume that the dog will not be housebroken when the dog comes to rescue. Even if a dog is noted as being housebroken, often times a new situation can make a dog forget it’s manners. The rescue will give you tips to help get the dog on a schedule and on the road to being housebroken.
What behaviors can I expect from a newly rescued dog?
Many of the dogs we rescue come from a shelter environment so we have little to no information about the dog’s behavior. Our partner rescue in New Mexico does put the dogs in foster care until transport is possible and we keep in close contact to those foster homes to get updates on the dogs coming our way. What we have seen from New Mexico so far are dogs that are pretty undersocialized and have had little to no training exposure. However, all of the dogs have been lovely little souls that have gone on to wonderful adoptive homes in no time. If you choose be be one of our very special senior fosters the rescue will work closely with you and the dog in your care to address any behavioral or medical needs the dog may have.
Do I have to find my foster dog a home?
No, it is the responsibility of the rescue to find the dog a forever home. We have an application process and perform a home visit for each dog. We will give you some business cards and an “adopt me” vet that you can take with you when you take the dogs on outings, but the rescue will screen any potential adopters. If anyone does express interest in a dog you are fostering you can direct them to our adoption application here on our website.
If the my foster dog is not a good fit in my home can I give the dog back?
Of course! If the dog is not doing well in your home it will not flourish as we want. We will either try another dog with you or wait until another dog that would be a good fit becomes available. We want everyone to be happy and for this to be a positive experience for you and the dog.
Can I adopt my foster dog?
We discourage foster families from adopting their first foster dog because it is easy to become attached to that first one and, selfishly, we would lose you as a foster home. Some folks come to us wanting to add a dog to their home, but they are not quite sure what they are looking for and fostering is a good way to see what is a good fit for their home. If we know in advance that a home is specifically fostering to find the dog they want to add to their home we have no problem approving them to adopt their foster. There are also cases where the foster home is the best choice for the dog and its well being. If you are interested in adopting a dog that you are fostering you would need to turn in an application to show your intent to be considered as the dog’s forever home. We do encourage fosters to participate in the adoption process and meet the adoptive families when they are able and so inclined. You are always welcome to participate in the home visit of your foster dog, your input is very valuable in the adoption process.