FOSTERING FOR LALDR
Fosters for LALDR are always needed as we do not have a physical shelter. We rely heavily on the support of foster homes in order to save as many dogs as we can.
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 FOSTERING NOT?
Fostering is not a way to 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 because they allow us to accept dogs that are waiting for a new home while we look for an adopter. As an international rescue organization, we try very hard not to bring dogs here until an approved home has been found. However, sometimes a flight companion that is accompanying an adopted dog is willing to bring more than one dog over. In this case, the additional dog(s) will need a foster home. Other times, we are assisting with a local rehoming request and need to move the dog from their current home into a foster.
Foster families allow a dog to 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 DO YOU FOSTER FOR?
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 intent of your fostering 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?
We often have fosters fall in love with their dogs and in these situations the ability to adopt the dog depends on several things. For example, are we already processing an application for the dog? Have we 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 the adoption of a foster dog to their 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 to foster a specific dog, however, we very rarely bring over a dog solely because there is a foster home available. If you want a certain dog, it may be more suitable to consider adoption.
Remember, even if you apply to foster a specific dog our goal is still to find an adopter. Sometimes, one can be found within days. Therefore, if you are truly considering adopting, please let our adoption team know!
Besides requesting a certain dog, fosters can specify the characteristics of the dog that they want to foster – ie the dog’s size, if they are 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, not including those undertaken in an emergency situation, 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 in readying the dog for adoption. Dogs that enter foster homes may have separation anxiety, unknown behavioural issues and require house training and/or leash training. Therefore, if you are away from your home for long periods of time, it is unlikely that your situation is suitable for fostering.
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 Our Dogs page. Please note that while you are able to select a specific dog, we are not able to guarantee a dog to foster.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or submit an application and a member of our foster team will contact you as soon as possible.