Foster homes are vital to keeping our organization afloat and providing a lovely home to our dogs until they find their forever homes. By fostering a dog, you are improving the quality of their life by providing them with love, socialization, and training.
If you are interested in becoming a PAWS foster, please fill out our Foster Application. You can send completed forms or any questions regarding fostering to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To foster with PAWS, please download and complete the foster application.
When dogs come into our care, they receive medical care at our shelter and are transferred to foster homes. We will provide you with support and all supplies needed to care for your foster.
We will provide our fosters with food, bedding, crates, toys, and anything else necessary to ensure the dog’s transition into their new, temporary home is seamless. The foster coordinator can discuss any additional, non-essential supplies that our fosters request.
The rescue provides what you need to have a foster dog come live in your home. Food, bedding, crates, toys, and anything else necessary will all be provided by PAWS when the dog goes home with you. Some people choose to donate their expenses of keeping a foster; however, that is a personal decision and is not expected.
PAWS will provide a dog crate, food and water dishes, a collar and leash, food, and treats. PAWS will provide you with the essentials. We can discuss anything additional you feel you need with the foster coordinator.
We would appreciate it if a foster home could transport the dog in their care to adoption events or vet appointments. We understand that it is inconvenient or not possible if the individual does not have access to transportation. Therefore, lack of transportation is not mandatory and will not eliminate you as a foster home.
PAWS is involved in rescuing dogs. We have dogs that come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. We try to match the dog’s needs, character, and age with foster homes. We occasionally have cats come into our care and require foster homes, but most animals will be dogs.
It is essential that society fully understands your experience with previous animals and what you are comfortable handling to make the perfect match.
When a dog is brought to the rescue, it can be very unsettled. It has generally been taken out of a bad situation, possibly malnourished, scared, and confused. The way it acts when it first comes to a foster home is not necessarily its actual demeanour. The time to adjust can vary from a few days to a few weeks for it to ultimately settle into a routine and understand that it is safe.
If a dog hasn’t settled into the foster home within a week, we can make arrangements to take the animal out of that home and bring in another dog that may be more compatible.
The foundation will find alternative care for your foster while you are away.
Arrangements can vary, but not to worry; we will find a solution that keeps your foster dog feeling safe and secure during your absence.
We hope each animal can stay in one home from the time it is brought to the foundation until it is adopted to provide safety and stability for the dog. Dogs can be fostered for 24 hours to over a year.
Affectionately known as a “foster-fail,” it has happened to us all! If you decide you cannot part with your foster animal, we will be the first to congratulate you on your new addition. As the foster home, you have first rights to adoption unless otherwise stated.
PAWS has a screening process, allowing us to assess what we think would be the best home for the dog. Initially, individuals interested in an animal must fill out an application before meeting them.
If the individual is approved, the potential adopter will be contacted by the director in charge of the dog applied for. If the director thinks the home might be a good match, a meeting with the dog is set up. While at the meeting, the potential adopter can meet the dog, ask the foster home and director questions, and possibly bring any other pet to ensure compatibility.
The foster home will know the animal the best, so if the foster home thinks that the house is not the right fit, We will take that into strong consideration. Foster homes know the dogs; we greatly value their input and take all concerns seriously. You will be able to discuss your opinions with the director, who has the final say about adoptions.
We strongly recommend that the dog is never left unsupervised in your home. If you leave the house, creating a dog is an attractive option. There are many good reasons to have an animal crate trained, including the animal’s safety, a feeling of security, and protecting of your property. We have found that animals trained to go into a crate willingly are more adaptable than those not. With crating as a viable option, we cannot cover expenses to repair the damage that an animal causes.