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Foster Dogs: Do You Have What It Takes?

Along with municipal dog shelters and the BC SPCA, there are many private rescue groups for dogs. All these organizations share a love of animals and the need to find families to take foster dogs into their homes until forever families are found.

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About Foster Dogs

Not everyone can manage the challenges of foster dogs. More specifically, not everyone is able to deal with a dog that might be arriving with behaviour issues, anxiety, aggression, and other problems. Many foster animals require basic behaviour training.

What do you need to know before becoming a foster family for a dog?

You need to determine the level of commitment that you are able to provide. Puppies tend to be a short-term commitment while long-term commitment is needed for older, less adoptable animals.  Additionally, you need to decide on the size, breed and temperament of dog that your home can manage.

Are you able to provide care to a dog with a medical issue? Depending on the issue, this may require a large amount of your time and energy.

If you are considering becoming a foster family for a dog, remember to ask the rescue group or shelter some key questions beforehand:

  • What circumstances necessitated the rescue?
  • Does the dog have any medical issues?
  • Who will cover the cost of any medical issues?
  • Does the rescue agency know how the animal reacts around children or other animals?
  • Are food and other essential items included with the foster dog?
  • How does the dog handle being alone?

Edited to Add: Be sure that you are teaming up with a reputable organization that does rescues dogs legally.

Fostering is a rewarding experience. Foster families provide rehabilitation for foster dogs and give them the chance to experience a happy life in a forever home.

Have you ever provided foster care for an animal?

We would love to hear about your experience in the comment section!

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