FOSTER DOG PROGRAM
Learn more about our foster dog program by clicking the picture on the left, or email Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie is our foster coordinator, she is able to answer your questions/concerns about the fostering program. If you are interested in fostering, but need assistance with supplies, please let Jamie know as she can help.
Thank you for considering becoming a part of our family!
WHAT DOES FOSTERING ENTAIL?
"Fostering a dog is becoming a popular way of helping dogs in shelters prepare for a forever home. It might even save a dog's life as the shortage of space for keeping dogs in shelters is always increasing. The exact requirements for foster homes varies depending on the shelter or rescue you are working with but here are some basic guidelines."
Is Dog Fostering Right for Me? For dog lovers, hearing about the six to eight million pets who enter shelters each year (according to the Humane Society of the U.S.) leads to a sharp pain in the heart. Adoption may be out - perhaps you already have a dog or two or can't commit to a lifetime of care. But there is a way to give these forgotten dogs a better chance - become a foster provider.
Responsibilities Daily Care: This includes feeding, exercise, petting time and playtime. All vet care needed during the foster period will be provided by Crate Escape.
Training: Some of the dogs in their adolescences have yet to be in a home environment. They will need to learn basic household manners, and many will go on to learn their basic commands.
We usually have adoption events or some type of gathering every month, if you can make it that would be great!
Length of Stay: We usually only let our pups stay in their foster home for 2 weeks. Most of our adoptable pets are adopted within this time frame. We do ask that if you foster you are able to make a 2 week commitment.
All fosters must fill out a foster home application & agreement:
WHY BECOME A FOSTER FAMILY?
Every day in this country thousands of dogs are put down simply because they were not loved enough. Strays that are never claimed. Litters of puppies thrown to the wayside. Owners give up their dogs because they no longer fit in with their family ... they are moving ... the dog is not housebroken ... etc.
The reasons why dogs end up in rescues and local shelters are as numerous as stars in the sky. And although we are making great strides to change human behavior, we have a long way to go.
Why Foster? . . . ..Make a Difference. Save a Life.
A foster home gives a dog the chance to recover from the stress of being kenneled, making space to accept another dog into the program—saving more lives.
A home environment allows the foster an opportunity to work with the dog on basic obedience or on modifying any behavior issues that may have played a role in the dog finding itself in rescue.
Given time, training, and lots of love these dogs—that might otherwise be euthanized for lack of space—now have a chance at finding permanent, loving homes because of YOU.
Crate Escape believes that great fosters aren't born, they are made. We are dedicated to supporting you during the entire foster process. We provide you with all the supplies needed to care for your special foster dog.
Q. How do I know when the time is right? My family has a vacation scheduled in one month.
A. If your foster dog is not adopted by the time that you are scheduled to go on vacation, we can place your foster with a temporary foster family or board them at no cost to you.
Q. Am I going to get emotionally hurt? I don't think I could give up a foster dog after falling in love, but I am not in a position to adopt them.
A. Giving up a foster can be hard for some, BUT it helps to remember that you can save so many more dogs by fostering than you can by adopting. Crate Escape has many stories of dogs who lingered at shelters who would have spent many, many months in a small cage had they not gone into a foster home.
Q. I am on a tight budget. I can't afford the cost of a foster dog's medical treatment, training or necessary supplies (harness, collar, toys, etc.) How expensive is it?
A. As a foster, you are not expected to pay for any of the associated costs. Crate Escape pays for the foster's medical care, supplies and all other associated costs. The only thing that fosters, typically pay for is food, BUT Crate Escape can provide that as well.
Q. I am concerned that my children will be heartbroken when our foster dog gets adopted. How can I address this issue?
A. Fostering a dog can be a wonderful way to teach children about responsibility and empathy. People and animals come into and out of our lives, and fostering is a good way to help explain those changes to your children. Knowing that they have helped a dog in need can give your children a sense of pride.
Fostering is work; expect to be frustrated at times. BUT….. it is also one of the most rewarding and heartwarming things you will ever do. Knowing that you are a big part of the reason that your foster dog has a new family and a second chance is one of the most amazing feelings you will ever experience. Just ask anyone who has fostered.