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Fostering Dogs 101

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How to get started fostering a dog

Watkins-Farrington said that in most cases, you will be required to volunteer at the shelter for a period of time and you will fill out an application. Volunteering allows the staff to get to know you and see what your skill level is in caring for dogs. You will also be required to take one or more trainings to prepare you to foster a dog. Watkins-Farrington said she needed to volunteer at least four hours a month at the shelter for a few months to be put on the foster list. You can expect to be checked out for any animal abuse charges as well. Donít be insulted; itís for the protection of the animals.

If you want to foster puppies, as opposed to older dogs, you will need more in-depth training. ďIt can be more challenging to work with puppies. For example, you canít let their feet touch the (uncovered) floor, for fear of the Parvovirus. You have to be fastidious,Ē she said. Parvovirus can be deadly to puppies by creating a severe disruption in their digestive tract and lymphatic system.

How the dog fostering system works

Once you are on the fostering list, you may be offered to take in one or two dogs and care for them in your home. Watkins-Farrington said you will be able to care for the dog for a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on the next step, which is transportation to a home, rescue group, or a no-kill non-profit shelter.

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3:44AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thanks

11:52AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

I'd love to foster dogs someday but my knowledge is more with cats. I will soon be volunteering at my local shelter and possibly fostering cats so I hope to learn alot more by volunteering.

9:01AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Shelters are so over crowded right not that fosters are desperately needed all over the US, Canada and other countries. This article provides insight as to what it takes to foster. It is edifying knowing that you are helping a creature that nobody else would or could help!!

The caveat: be prepared to fall in love!!

2:21PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Thanks.

2:31AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

The more we give, the more we get from our loyal furry friend

2:39PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Fostering can be hard, as letting go is always sad, but if you cannot adopt, it is a responsible choice.

10:24AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Foster parents are very special people.

12:35PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

thank u

11:43AM PDT on May 16, 2012

noted

11:42AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thank you

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