Foster Family FAQ
I already have a dog. Can I still be a foster?
Yes! We love it when our fosters are able to make new friends. Part of the fostering experience is to help shelter and stray dogs adjust to life in a stable home. When a dog is adopted we need to know how they react to dogs, cats, kids and everyday noises like the TV or vacuum.
If I have children, can I be a foster parent?
Yes! Same with other animals, we will review all applications and find the best fit for your household and for our animals.
What is the fostering time commitment?
We ask for a minimum of two weeks to help the dog settle into a routine. We prefer the dog stay in the same foster home until adopted, as the goal is to give our rescued friends the love and stability they need until they find their forever people, but understand that is not always possible.
How often will my fostered dog be at adoption fairs?
We currently are having adoption events every saturday. We will let you know in advance when these events are. If you cannot take your foster, we will schedule someone to pick him/her up.
What does fostering a pet entail exactly?
We look to our fosters to provide daily basic care for their foster pet (food+water, exercise, socialization, basic training, etc.) In addition, we ask that you communicate frequently with either your foster coordinator or a board member. We want to know about new behaviors, any possible signs of illness or stress, or any changes you are seeing in your foster pet.
Can I foster more than one dog?
Yes. We do have fosters who do foster more than one dog at a time. We will of course make sure the dogs are compatible before leaving him/her in your home.
What am I responsible for financially?
Designer Dog Rescue can and will provide any items/supplies that you will need to be a foster parent. However, if you choose to provide any/all items yourself, that is fine too. We will also cover all medical needs and ensure that all of our animals are healthy, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered prior to adoption. In case of an emergency, we will also provide emergency medical care.
I cannot be a foster, because I will become too attached.
We hear this frequently, and completely understand. However, we also know that the reward our foster families receive from their experiences in fostering greatly outweighs any sadness that could occur upon your foster pet being adopted. And, we’re here to help you along the way!
How will the animal find a forever home, if I am fostering them?
We will continue to market your adoptable pet through all the avenues that our other adoptables receive (i.e.: our website, Facebook page, twitter accounts, petfinder.com, and others). Sending us cute videos and new pictures helps us to get extra exposure for your foster pet.
Can I adopt my foster pet?
We call it foster failure. It happens, and it’s okay. You may fall head over heels in love with your foster dog, and decide you cannot part ways with him/her. You will have the opportunity to adopt your foster dog should you choose to do so. However, all fosters are required to go through the same adoption process as anyone else,including filling out an application and paying the adoption donation. We will often give our fosters a discount on the adoption donation!!!
What If I have to go on vacation ?
If you have plans to go on vacation, please let us know! Depending on how long the vacation is, we may have a temporary foster take care of him/her, or we may find a new foster. Please make sure to give us enough notice so that we can find appropriate place for him/her to go.