1. Teach general expectations for a home environment
During the week, we ask the foster homes to socialize their dogs through play with the family and walks through the neighborhood. Dogs are much more successful in an adoptive home if they are confident with home life, can walk well on a leash, and recognize their name and some basic commands.
Since a consistent routine makes training quick and effective, it's great if fosters can keep their dog until it is adopted. We know that sometimes personal schedules donít allow that. We also welcome fosters who can only commit to one week at a time.
2. Network and provide information
Since most of our adopters search for adoptable dogs online, we ask fosters to write up a short biography on their foster dog and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a few good pictures. We need to have the information by Thursday afternoons in order to print out bios for use at the Adoption Center the following weekend.
First impressions are vital to getting these dogs adopted. If the foster has not written anything about their dog, the public will usually pass them over. However, a good description of the dogís funny personality, tricks done for treats, successful house training, and the fact that the dog gets along with cats, kids, and other dogs will make even a "plain 'ol mutt" a desirable family companion.
Fosters pick their dog up at the adoption center on Sunday between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM. We will loan you a crate or food for your dog if needed.
Dogs must be returned to the Adoption Center between 9:00 and 9:30 AM on Saturday morning. If you borrowed a crate during the week, please be sure to bring the crate with your fostered dog every Saturday. Otherwise we will not have enough crates for the weekend.
If you choose not to leave your foster dog in the Adoption Center overnight on Saturdays, you may pick her/him up between 5:30 and 6:00 PM on Saturday evening. This is completely optional, but it does help the bedtime shift very much. Fostered dogs that do not overnight at the Adoption Center on Saturdays must be returned to the Adoption Center between 10:30 and 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings.
Please remember that the Adoption Center is manned by volunteers like you. Be courteous and on time when picking up your dog.
Dogs cannot be picked up late or dropped off early.
Foster Home Registration
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Home for our foster program, please complete the Foster Registration. Once you are a registered Foster Home, please download and read the New Foster Information instructions.
If you need some convincing on becoming a foster guardian, read
"The Truth About Fostering" by Ashley Owen Hill.
Dogs who enter K-9 Angels Rescue are housed in foster homes. When a dog is not adopted over the weekend, we ask fosters to step up and take her/him into their home for the week. Foster homes are a crucial part of rehabilitating shelter dogs and preparing them for "the good life" with an adoptive family.