The foster program makes the transportation arrangements. You can also volunteer to transport the dog yourself. Generally, it costs $77 for the transport (which the receiving party pays), but the fee is waived for non-profit organizations. Dogs are transported all over the country; however, more dogs are transported from the South to the North most often, as there are fewer dogs available in the North. “The dogs are transferred from and to everywhere. However, there is a greater demand up North because they seem to have gotten the message better to spay and neuter their dogs,” said Watkins-Farrington.
How to prepare your home for a foster dog
First, Watkins-Farrington suggests having “an open dialogue with your family and making sure everyone is on-board.”
To prepare the physical space, Watkins-Farrington recommends creating a space in your home that is quiet and separated in some way. There’s no need to hire a carpenter to build a custom dog house; you can probably use what you have at home. “The dogs need a quiet place they can be to acclimatize to your home,” she said. “You can have a crate, a nice blanket, dog food, and water ready for them,” said Watkins-Farrington. She also suggests introducing the dog slowly to family members and/or other dogs and animals you may have.
Food that is formulated for sensitive stomachs is recommended because foster dogs often have intestinal problems.
“We also use lots of baby gates until we’re really sure of how house-broken they are,” said Watkins-Farrington.
If the dog is noted to have any behavioral problems, Watkins-Farrington said she has consulted with a trainer for additional help.
Failure to foster
Whatever your reasons for wanting to foster a dog, it is crucial to remember that it is going to leave. “Don’t get too attached. Some people end up keeping all the dogs. That’s called ‘failure to foster,’” said Watkins-Farrington. Failure to foster especially needs to be addressed if you have children. “Most people who foster dogs have older children because they are better able to understand the dog is going to leave,” she said.
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