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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is a foster needed? In our Northbound Dogs program, fosters are needed to house dogs rescued from shelters where they stay until Transport Day.
What does it cost to foster? Your investment is time and attention. The rescue will provide supplies, medicines, veterinary care and other necessities.
How long will I keep the dog? This depends on how long there is between when the dog is rescued and Transport Day. Typically, this is about a week to 6 weeks.
I have other pets, can I still foster? Yes! Many of our fosters have other pets which helps socialize and train foster dogs. We have experienced fosters to help with introductions to your family pets and family members, if needed.
What types of dogs need foster? We need fosters for puppies, adults, and sometimes even Mom and puppies. Let us know what fits your home and we will find a dog that will do well in your environment! The need is so great that we can typically find small/large/male/female/timid/energetic, etc.
Are dogs usually housebroken? This depends on where they come from and what training they have had. We have experienced fosters to help with crate-training, house-training, leash-training, etc. Sometimes we do not have any information on a dog's history so you may learn along with us about your foster dog.
What if my foster dog needs medical attention? The rescue will cover all costs for medical care. We ask that you closely monitor your new foster dog upon arrival and quickly report any vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy so issues can be addressed quickly. If you are unable to get your foster dog to a vet, we have volunteers who can do transport for you.
What are the requirements to be approved to foster? We will need a completed Foster Home Application, phone interview, home visit. In addition, we expect that you provide frequent updates on how your dog is adjusting to your home, send pictures, provide an informal assessment of your foster dog for future foster or adopter.
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