Do you have room for a four-legged guest? We are actively seeking volunteers to foster underage kittens and save them from the over-crowded shelters. Every kitten we get out of the pound saves a dog from being put down.
You provide: a temporary place to crash, water, exercise, and love. You receive: food and supplies, veterinary care, any support and guidance you need, endless love from your foster pet, and the satisfaction of helping an animal in need
One of the most vital contributions to rescue is so often the toughest to find. Loving fosters are the backbone of any animal rescue organization, as they give cats and kittens that have been rescued the opportunity to start learning, or remembering, how to be part of a family, how to give and receive love, and in short
– they learn how to be family.
In Los Angeles alone, hundreds of animals are euthanized in the shelters daily.
By fostering, you are saving a life.
Don’t want to foster because you think you will not be able to see them go? Think about how many are losing their lives everyday because they don’t have a place to go. Think about how many are just waiting to be saved. This is what we focus on. Of course, we get attached and we are sad to see them move on but it’s the least we can do for these creatures that bring so much joy and love to our lives. It’s an honor to help an animal in need. Fostering is work. It’s not easy but anything worthwhile and important is usually not easy…and wow is it worth it!
Seeing them thrive in their new homes is the best feeling in the world.
“Saving one animal will not change the world, but surely for that oneanimal, the world will change forever.”
― Karen Davison
Foster a cat/kittens
Do you have room for a four-legged guest?
We are actively seeking volunteers to foster cats and kittens and save them from the over-crowded shelters. Every cat or kitten we get out of the pound saves one from being put down. When you foster for Designer Dog Rescue, you will be assigned a foster coordinator that will work to ensure your foster experience is an enjoyable one. All supplies and food will be provided to you by the rescue, as well as any medical care the cats and kittens may need while he or she is with you. Foster families will be matched to cats and kittens that best fit their lifestyle and availability. Interested in learning more? Contact us about attending a foster orientation.
Foster commitments –
We have several different types of commitments available.
- Emergency/Weekend Foster– Fosters cats and kittens for only a few days, no more than three. Must be local to the San Fernando Valley. You would be added to an email list in which you will be contacted should a current foster need to go out of town.
- Short Term Foster – Fosters for up to three weeks. Usually best for people who enjoy fostering but do not want a long term commitment.
- Basic Foster – Fosters up to three months or until cat or kitten is adopted.
- Bottle Baby Foster– “Bottle baby” is our term for kittens who have not been weaned and are too young to eat solid food on their own. Generally these kittens are younger than 4 weeks old and caring for them requires a fair amount of experience and a lot of dedication. Bottle babies need to be fed every 2-8 hours around the clock, so many of our bottle-feeders work from home or take the kittens to work with them. Additionally, kittens these young are unable to urinate and defecate on their own. Normally, a mother cat will stimulate these kittens to go to the bathroom, but without a momcat, guess who gets that responsibility?
Adoption events –
We currently hold adoption events every Saturday. Being able to transport your foster is preferred but not required. If you are unable to bring your foster dog to an event, arrangements will be made with a volunteer to pick up and drop off your foster.
Fostering not for you? But you still want to help animals in need ? Check out our other opportunities : Volunteer Opportunities
Check out our Facebook page every Friday for “Foster family Friday” where we will hold a Q and A.
Thank you for offering to become a foster home for our organization! To be considered as a foster home for our organization, you must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- If you rent your home you must have consent from your landlord to have a dog.
- Have all dogs and cats in the home spayed or neutered, if they are 6 months or older, unless there are medical reasons for not doing so.
- Have all dogs in the home up to date on vaccinations.
- Agree to have a home visit done by one of our volunteers. The volunteer will need to see the areas of the home where the dog will be allowed and also visit with family members and current pets. Distance is a factor in whether or not the required home visit can be completed. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. Although we do have volunteer contacts in many areas, some areas may be difficult for us to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit. We will let you know ASAP if your application needs to be denied due to our inability to find a volunteer to conduct the home visit.
You must also agree to the following conditions, which are included in the foster home agreement contract:
- Agree to have the dog wear a Designer Dog Rescue ID tag on its collar at all times when in public or outdoors.
- Agree to never allow the foster dog to be off leash when it is outdoors, unless it is in a securely fenced in area.
- Agree to have the foster dog reside in the home, not outside. The foster dog may NOT be left outdoors if you are not at home. This includes outdoor kennel runs.
- Agree to never allow foster dog to be left unattended with young children.
Our rescue organization is an all (unpaid) volunteer organization. For each application we receive it takes us approximately 3 hours to review, contact all personal and veterinary references, and make a decision on approval of it. Depending upon volunteer availability, this can take us several days to accomplish, especially when we receive many applications or if we have difficulties reaching references.
I like volunteering for DDR because I believe in what they do and how they do it. They are intelligent and thoughtful with the choices they make. They want to set everything up for success, from the dogs they rescue to placing happy and healthy dogs into loving homes that are ready for them! Because of all they do for others, including myself, it is an honor volunteer for DDR
I have observed and worked with a lot of rescues in Southern California for years. Unfortunately, a bunch of them have weird antics, run off of weird politics, and don’t have the actual dogs best interest at heart. Some buy puppies off Craig’s List and try to pass them off as rescues from shelters. Sarah and DDR are different. These dogs are all from shelters in Southern California, mostly from the East Valley shelter. What I also admire about DDR is that they take a lot of dogs that are so close to euthanasia, like minutes away. They do not discriminate against age, breed, health issues, and demeanor. They truly are there for the dogs. I frequently donate money to DDR because I know it is going to great use. This is a great rescue with great people who volunteer with them!