Foster Home – what you can expect and what you should know.
When you foster a dog, he/she will enter your home having hit the absolute lowest point in their life. Often, they were just minutes away from being put to death, having spent days/weeks/months in a shelter or having lived in but probably mostly outside a home that no longer loved them or cared for them.
When they arrive, they are scared and confused. The neglect is obvious, intestinal parasites (easily treated), usually poor nutrition, sometimes they have illnesses or other health impacted conditions, and almost always smell bad. Very often, these are dogs that have not had any time invested in them, so being the center of attention, having rules to live by and living in the house are new experiences.
Through it all, there are few experiences more delightful and rewarding than to see one of these dogs light up as they realize that they get fed good food, in a bowl, every single day. The joy they express when they get to sleep INSIDE, or curl next to you in the family room, or follow you from room to room shows in their eyes and on their faces. You will be amazed as you watch the transformation as your foster dog begins to feel healthier, secure and safe. They are anxious to please and work hard to learn the rules of living in the house.
And they love you.
What We Expect
We expect our foster homes to provide a safe, loving environment, where each one of our foster dogs can become the very best dog they can be and adoptable. We look to you to provide accurate feedback on the dog’s personality and behavior — the good, the bad and the ugly. By the time your foster dog is adopted, he should be clean, fully vaccinated, all medical conditions taken care of, micro chipped, and spayed/neutered. He or she should also have learned some basic manners — sit, down, and basic leash skills.
As the foster parent, you will most likely be asked to talk with prospective adopters (after all reference checks have been done) to determine whether the dog is an appropriate fit for the applicant’s home. We depend on you to provide complete and accurate information to all potential adopters. We listen to you — you know your foster dog better than any of us. If you feel that a particular applicant is not the right fit for your foster dog, we expect you to tell us and we will find an applicant that is the right fit.
We ask that once you commit to fostering a dog that you honor your commitment until he/she is adopted. These dogs have gone through so much already and the last thing they need is to be bounced around from one foster home to another. We want them to stay in their foster home until being adopted and going to their forever family.
When the right home is found, we will work with you to make certain the dog gets into his or her new home, where she or he will be loved and treasured.
Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue pays for all veterinary expenses that are provided by one of our rescue veterinarians and pre-approved by Lori Hoffman, who can be reached at 813-737-1795. Contact us for more information.
STILL WANT TO FOSTER?
Our Foster Care Program saves lives. To become a foster care giver please call 813-737-1795. The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save.