Community Foster Program
Every day, Designer Dog Rescue receives multiple calls and emails from people asking us to take in pets (dogs, puppies, cats and kittens) that need homes. Our ability to take them in is extremely limited compared to the need, and unfortunately we are unable to help everyone who asks. We can, however, help people find homes for their pets that they’ve found or need to surrender through our Community Foster Program.
The Community Foster Program allows people who have a discrete need to place a pet into the a new home, and lets them use our adoption infrastructure to try and find forever homes for them. Enrolling is easy – just sign our Community Foster agreement, and we’ll get you started! There’s no commitment on your part to do anything further with us and you are still free to place your foster cats independently.
How do I enroll?
Enrolling is easy! Just visit our Contact Page and send us an email asking for the Community Foster Program enrollment form. You will be sent all of the paperwork which you can fax, email or mail back to us. Or you can download the enrollment form by following the link at the bottom of this page.
What is Required of Me?
Community Fosters are required to get their pets
- Spayed or neutered
- Tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – for Cats
- Vaccinated with the FVRCP (3-in-1) vaccine (For Cats), DHPP And Bordetella Vaccine (for Dogs) and Rabies vaccine depending in the age of the animal
- Dewormed for roundworm and tapeworm,
- Treated for fleas
Before they can be put up for adoption.
That sounds like a lot, but Designer Dog Rescue volunteers can assist by providing any needed vaccinations, deworming medicine and flea treatment for a small fee. Community Fosters are responsible for fixing and testing, and Designer Dog Rescue can assist by referring you to low-cost clinics or clinics that provide discounts for our program participants.
Of course, if you think you may find yourself needing to place pets on a more frequent basis or if fronting medical expenses is too cost prohibitive or risky for you, it may be worth considering our regular foster program. Under that program, medical care is covered by the organization. The foster program is more involved and requires more of a time commitment from you, but it may be well worth it if you need more help or anticipate rescuing on a more frequent basis. Many of our most active volunteers started out in the Community Foster program, and Designer Dog Rescue will always welcome new foster parents!
Once the pets are ready for adoption, we can put pictures and bios of them up on our website and other adoption websites (including Petfinder, AdoptaPet.com and others) and they can be shown at our weekend adoption events.
If you place the animals through our organization,your spay/neuter, testing and microchipping expenses are reimbursable up to the amount of the adoption fee. Of course, Community Fosters are free to place their pets outside of our organization, though we cannot reimburse these expenses in that case.