Tips to Follow Before You Start Fostering

Wags and Walks would not be the same without our amazing fosters! Fosters have allowed our rescue to continue its mission to save the lives of as many dogs as we possibly can.   In order to do so, we need fosters we can count on, who can temporarily foster the pups we bring in, while waiting to get them adopted.  If you’ve ever thought about bringing a temporary pup into your home keep reading because we are sharing top 4 tips to follow before you start fostering.

Be Clear About Your Capabilities

The pups that we rescue come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Make sure that you are clear of the kind of dog you would be able to handle, but also be aware that some dogs may not be house trained, need special medical attention, or have tons of energy.  Though we will provide you with everything needed for the pup such as medication, crates, food etc, you want to make sure that you and your home are ready to take on fostering. You know your capabilities and we are here to make sure that your experience is positive and the pup is a good fit for you.


Make Sure You Have the Time  

Fostering means making time to feed, walk and spend time with the pup. For some, taking on this responsibility is difficult due to a long work week and busy schedule. If you don’t have a lot of availability, you can still apply to be a foster and we can work with your schedule by having you be a weekend or short term foster. Don’t let that turn you away from filling out an application because we would still love to chat and see what works for everyone. We are so appreciative of all of our fosters-both short term and long term fosters.


Check with Your Housemates

Before taking on a fostering gig, it’s best to check with your roommates to see if they mind that a furry friend will be temporarily living at your home.  It may not be their responsibility to take care of the pup, but if the pup is roaming the home freely, then they should be aware and agree to the plan.


Don’t Be Afraid of Getting Attached

It is common that you may be hesitant to foster because of the fear of  getting too attached to the pup.  Though becoming attached can be common, it is such a satisfying feeling to know that you gave a pup a chance at finding their forever home.  It is so bittersweet knowing that you were a big part in saving the life of a pup in need and seeing them end up  with a loving family. The worst that could happen with fostering is that you could end up adopting the pup and what’s so bad about that?


These are just some tips we recommend before fostering a pup. Fostering is such a rewarding experience and we are so grateful to have so many amazing fosters that have helped us to find forever homes for our pups. If you are interested in learning more about our foster program, please check out our foster page. We’d love to have you!

If you’re hesitant to foster, you can also check out our “Foster Friday” blog posts- where we have featured numerous fosters who have shared their personal fostering experiences. You can also start out volunteering and then work your way up once you’re ready!

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