FOSTERING FOR LALDR
Fosters for LALDR are always needed. LALDR doesn’t have a shelter and so we rely heavily of the support of foster homes so that we can help as many dogs as we do.
WHAT IS FOSTERING?
Fostering is agreeing to take in a dog that is homeless and giving him love, attention and care for an unknown period of time while waiting for an adopter to be found.
WHAT IS NOT FOSTERING?
Fostering is not a temporary adoption so that you can test the dog with your family before deciding if you want to adopt the dog. Any home that is approved to foster, is not necessarily the home that a dog will be adopted to. We do not review foster homes when considering homes for adoption.
Applications to foster are NOT applications to adopt.
WHY SHOULD YOU FOSTER?
Foster homes are so important to a rescue because they allow us to accept dogs still waiting for their new home while we look for an adopter. As an international rescue, we try very hard to not bring dogs here until an approved home has been found. Sometimes, a flight companion that has agreed to accompany a dog with an adopter is willing to bring more than one dog and so we need a foster. Other times, we are assisting with a local rehoming request and need to move the dog from their current home into a foster.
Fosters families are where a dog can experience a stable environment, often for the first time. Witnessing a scared dog change into a happy, playful companion is amazing. By providing a safe place for a foster dog, you are in fact, saving a life. Fosters are the most important role in a rescue.
HOW LONG IS A FOSTER?
Foster dogs could be with a home for as short a time as a few days to as long as a few months. If the final intent of your wanting to foster a dog is because you want to adopt the dog, please refer to the Adoption program.
WHAT IF I DECIDE I WANT TO ADOPT MY FOSTER DOG?
Yes, we often have fosters fall in love and in this situations, it depends on a few things. Are we already processing an application for the dog and have been spending time vetting the application? How far along is that person from being approved? Are you the right home for that dog? Not all fosters are placed in homes that are ideal for an adoption.
When possible, we love approving a foster dog to the foster home. We try to minimize moving dogs to other homes as much as we can and that’s also taken into account. Fosters need to submit an application to adopt just like everyone else and also let your foster coordinator know.
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO FOSTER A SPECIFIC DOG?
You can always request a specific dog to foster but we very rarely bring over a dog because there is a foster. Also, if you are wanting a certain dog, perhaps you should consider adopting.
If you apply to foster a specific dog, our goal is still to find an adopter and often one is found within days of a foster expecting the dog to come. Would you be ok missing out on a dog that you asked to foster because we found a home? A foster is not even in consideration at this point because the main goal is to always find a permanent home. The adoption team wouldn’t even know that you might have wanted to be considered and the adoption could be finalized before a foster even meets the dog.
Fosters can specify the type of dog that they can foster – ie size, good with cats etc.
HOW MUCH WILL FOSTERING COST ME?
LALDR covers all costs for a dog in foster care. We provide the leash, collar, crate and food. We also pay for all vet visits and expenses. Any visits to a vet, unless in an emergency must be pre-approved by the foster coordinator.
Foster homes need to be able to work with dogs that might require special attention. They are often called upon to assist us with readying the dog for adoption. Dogs could have separation anxiety, unknown behavioral issues, need house training, leash training etc. If you are away from the home for long periods of time it is unlikely that this will be a good home for a foster.
If you feel that you are emotionally ready and prepared to foster a dog, please submit an application to foster by clicking the foster button on our meet the dog page. While you are able to select a specific dog, we are not able to guarantee a dog to foster.
If you have more questions, please email [email protected] or submit an application and a member from our foster team will contact you to discuss.