fostering a dog
If you don't already know it, dogs are amazingly resilient animals. Dogworks, Inc. promises that the personal rewards received from fostering a needy dog are much greater than any small sacrifice you make.
If you have never fostered a rescue dog, you will be amazed how quickly they take to living in a home with a person or family that cares. Most are easily house trained, with some it is effortless, others may be more challenging. Once they have lived the good life, it becomes pretty appealing to them and then “they live to please you!” Never wanting to return or live from where they started. They want a family to love.
Our primary mission is to help dogs like these find loving new homes. We rely solely on foster homes to care for dogs while they await their new family. Most of our dogs are adopted in less than a month. We'll admit, we are selective about the dogs we do accept into our care because the sooner we can find them a home, the sooner we can save another. We do consider taking on "hard" cases if a volunteer foster care provider is open and willing. However, “hard” cases may take longer to find a permanent home(s) and in the meantime, other dogs in animal controls, dog pounds and shelters are being killed.
The exception to that may be a dog that has medical issues. For example: heart worm or a skin condition, both which are common in shelter dogs. If a dog has a great temperament and they're scheduled to be killed solely because of that, we do not let that detour us from helping as long as we have a foster home that will accept them. These dogs may take an extra couple of weeks to find a home but they are no less worthy of our help.
What can you do? The answer is simple - become a foster care provider.
We need foster homes in order to save these dogs who haven't families or loving caregivers. Why would anyone open up their home to an unknown, sometimes untrained dog? The rewards for your time and effort are displayed in the eyes, the wagging tail and sloppy kisses which many share once they know they are “safe”. Given the chance - all have futures.
We ask for a fairly substantial commitment from our foster homes but that's only in the best interest of the animals in our care. Requirements to foster are as follows:
- If you have dogs, they must meet the same medical requirements we ask of our adopters. They must be current on all vaccinations & be spay / neutered.
- You must love and treat your foster like your own while it is in your home.
- You must guide them in house training, crate training (we provide the crate if needed), leash manners and indoor manners training.
- Your foster dog must live indoors with your family.
- You provide a diet of good, age appropriate food. (A 17 lb bag supplied.)
- Your yard must be safe and secure for your foster dog during its time outdoors.
- You must seek advice early and commit to work with your foster dog through any behavioral issues; Human aggression being the exception.
- You must provide updates on personality and progress at least twice per month.
- You must give your foster dog heart worm and flea protection, which is provided by Dogworks, Inc.
- Attend, drop off or pick up (or both) your foster dog to adoption events that take place twice per month. Or have the foster dog ready for prearranged transport.
- You must have an email address and check it at least once per day. This is how Dogworks, Inc will stay in touch with you.
First, Dogworks, Inc is contacted mainly by animal control(s), dog pounds and shelters asking for assist. Many being filled to capacity trying to avoid euthanasia. The occasional “owner” needing to re-home their pet is also considered – dependent on circumstances. We try to obtain as much information regarding a dogs temperament and personality as possible. We will/do attempt to pull dogs that appear to match an open foster care providers home & lifestyle. So please feel free to share your preference: size; type; age of dog that you'd feel most comfortable in your home.
Once the dog(s) is confirmed / scheduled to arrive into rescue by our intake coordinator, the dog will receive full vetting including vaccinations, de-worming and heart worm test. Most dogs will be spayed or neutered after placed in their foster home.
Dogworks, Inc. can only pull dogs if we have an available volunteer foster home plus available funds to properly care for medical issues the dog may have. All dogs taken into our program must be agreed upon by our designated Board Member(s) before confirmation to pull from animal control, dog pound or shelter.
What dogs do we intake?
Dogworks, Inc originated working mainly with sporting breeds which includes gun dogs, hunting dogs, sight hounds and scent hounds. Some, so we're told, are failed “hunting dogs. Some purebred Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters, Pointers, Weimaraners' and Hounds. We now rescue many mixes, various sizes and age. We occasionally rescue a dog weighing less than 25 pounds when we have an available foster volunteer. We take into consideration the foster home that is open and choose a dog that will work best in that particular home.
What support do I get as a foster?
Dogworks, Inc. does have experienced, dedicated dog owners at its core. Several have worked in dog rescue for years. Some come from dog related fields of work. All are concerned dog lovers. Dogworks Inc. is fortunate to have several wonderful veterinary groups understanding the need and willing to assist our federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit group by providing humane care and discounted services..
- A crate
- Collar & Leash
- 17 lb bag dog food
- Heart worm prevention
- Flea/tick preventative
- Any medications
- We pay for all pre-approved vetting expenses
How do I become a foster?
Start by filling out our Foster Application, or email our foster coordinator for more information.
If you have a pet(s), We STRONGLY recommend that your pet have an up to date Bordetella vaccine prior to you bringing in a foster dog. Sadly, bordetella (kennel cough) is very common within shelters, dog pounds, animal controls.
Next, one of our foster care coordinators will contact you to answer any questions and note any experience or preference for a dog matching your home / lifestyle. We look for safe, dog loving, temporary refuge for our rescued dogs. While all of us strive to live in a clean home, this is not a "white glove test". We are more interested in if your fence has holes for a dog to slip through than if your TV is dusty. We need a household that doesn't take you away for lengthy periods (more than 9 +/- a day) since we highly suggest the dog be crated while you are away