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 or two. We'll admit, we are a little selective about the dogs that we do accept into our care because the sooner we can find them a home, the sooner we can save another dog. 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 euthanized for lack of space.
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 euthanized 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.
When you foster for Dogworks, you will have the support of a group of other caring individuals who want you to succeed. Without you, (fosters and volunteers) we would not be able to function as a rescue and we realize that.
FOSTER HOME REQUIREMENTS:
We do ask for a fairly substantial commitment from our foster homes but that's only in the best interest of the animals in our care. We will do our best to support you and answer any questions you may have about fostering. We have several experienced fosters and we also have a Volunteer / Foster Facebook support group for you to join.
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.
You must provide updates on personality and progress at least twice per month. We have a volunteer / foster Facebook group that we communicate with each other to share updates and to offer assistance for any problems that may arise.
You must give your foster dog heart worm and flea protection, which is provided by Dogworks, Inc at the beginning of the month.
We ask that you attend, drop off or pick up (or both) your foster dog to adoption events if scheduled.
You must have an email address that we can contact you.
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 with our foster coordinator 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) or our intake coordinator before confirmation to pull from animal control, dog pound or shelter is given.
We do pull from the local pounds and recommend that your take your own dog to meet any incoming foster to assure that the dogs will "get along".
Dogworks, Inc originated working mainly with sporting breeds which includes gun dogs, hunting dogs, sight hounds and scent hounds. We now accept any breed of dog in need of rescue if we have a foster home to place the dog into.
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. 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..
Collar & Leash
17 lb bag dog food
Heart worm prevention
We pay for all pre-approved vetting expenses
HOW DO I GET STARTED AS 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