Foster Family - by Pam Scherzer
Fostering IS the greatest NEED, and greatest ASSET, contributing
the most to a smooth transition and continually proves to be
responsible for the greatest percentage of successful, permanent
re-homing of adoptable dogs.
Fostering is NOT an opportunity to “test” yourself,
your family, or your existing pets as to how well you will co-exist
bulldog in your household. You cannot judge an interaction with
a traumatized dog and use it as a basis for your decision as to
whether you should or should not add another dog to your household.
Dogs entering into a rescue program are being re-homed for any
number of reasons. For some of these displaced dogs,
we have up-to-date health and behavior histories, and very truthful
backgrounds provided by families who are reluctantly surrendering
a” family member”, wanting only the very best for them.
The circumstances vary and are generally heartbreaking. In general,
we can confidently place these dogs quickly into approved adoptive
In direct contrast, a greater percentage of dogs coming
into rescue have either been strayed, surrendered to shelters with
no histories, or surrendered by families who want only to “get
rid of” the dog for their own selfish and loveless reasons.
It is these circumstances that present the dogs who need
our careful assessment before they can be appropriately re-homed.
Why? Aside from the obvious lack of information (not provided by
shelter and strayed dogs), many surrendering families lie to us.
They will purposely NOT disclose a temperament issue, or they
may lie and say the dog HAS been aggressive if they think we will
be sympathetic and act more quickly in their behalf. It is for these
reasons primarily that a fostering arrangement is so important. It is an opportunity
to interact with this dog and to learn the truth about him or her.
The Most Common Reasons for an Owner/Family to Surrender
1) Behavior issues they cannot or will not
learn to manage.
2) The arrival of a human child, displacing their
spoiled bulldog to the role of “pet”, something they
expected the dog to understand.
3) The reality that a Bulldog really IS
more high-maintenance than any other breed they have known.
issues, especially skin and allergy problems and sadly, those related
The Foster Family's Responsibilities.
Your assessment of this dog is the most critical responsibility.
You will be expected to carefully introduce him to normal daily
( i.e. leash walking , playing with toys, interacting with new people,
manners, housebreaking habits, fears, aggression, food issues, reactions to
unexpected noises and new things). You will not be responsible for housebreaking
or training, but anything you can do to help will be appreciated. If the dog
is on a normal dog food diet, you will be asked to provide that if we don’t
have abundance. If the dog needs a vet visit
(to OUR vet) you may be asked to go for that appointment if it
is possible. Vet appointments, medication, and special foods are
paid for by Heavensent Rescue. They are NOT your financial responsibility.
If you chose to lavish your foster with new toys or beds or treats,
that is your choice.
Your Opinion Matters
Whenever possible, we encourage the foster family to meet the approved
adoptive family so that information about the dog and his or her
habits can be passed along. You are the ones who have gotten to
know him, and you will know the many little things that will make
his transition easy. You are not required to participate if this
meeting would be too emotional for you. We find, however, that
is most cases it provides a sense of satisfaction for the foster
family, or at least for the primary care giver. You have been an
important part of somebody’s life and you deserve to see
and to know that everything will be ok.
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