There are lots of great reasons why short-term foster care is great for shelters. It helps get dogs out of the shelter and reduces kennel stress. It enables more of the community to get involved with the shelter in a fun way. It enables shelters to learn more about the behavior of the dogs in their care and to market them for adoption in new ways. There is a perception held by some of the public that shelter dogs are “unknown.” Short-term foster care does so much to combat this stigma. The better our shelters get to know the animals in their care, the better matches we can make for permanent adoptions!
Length of Time
This is a very flexible program. You can help out for 2 days-2 weeks. We also have a select few dogs that can be fostered until they get adopted. This option does require a bit more work on the part of the foster since they would have to accumulate pictures throughout the week and write a story for Foster Friday posts as well as be able to bring the dog back and forth to the shelter as adoption intros needed to happen OR be comfortable enough to have adoption intros at or near your home.
Matching a Foster with the Right Dog
Once you have submitted/completed a dog foster application, and it has been approved, then you are welcome to come down and meet with an Animal Caretaker to help you find your best match! We encourage you to bring current household dogs in to introduce here before bringing the foster dog home. We want to make sure that the dog you bring home will get along well with whatever/whoever already lives there (dogs, cats, kids, etc) so please make sure that you are forthcoming about your current living situation.
The responsibility of the Foster Family is pretty simple…keep them safe and make them feel loved! There are a few things that go along with that: No off leash dog parks/beaches, no meeting other dogs (except the dogs they live with) on walks, etc., make sure to tell the WAGS staff about any medical or behavioral concern, and report back to WAGS weekly (at least) with updated photos/videos and a story about how they are doing in your home.
Social Media Commitment
As stated above, we require weekly (at least) photo/video updates with stories that we can post. BUT, we also ask that you proudly share your Foster journey on your own social media sites as well to help us spread the word about the dog you are helping with even further. Not only can this help them get adopted, but it can also bring in new foster families to help us out.
We have a very simple, easy to read Foster Application/Contract. If you are interested in helping out, please click the link below to get started!