Lucky Tails Animal Rescue wouldn't exist without our foster homes. Because we have a small, extremely generous network of foster parents ready and willing to take a dog into their home at any time, we are able to rescue dogs just in the knick of time. We pull dogs from the shelters sometimes minutes before they're scheduled to be euthanized; even before we have the opportunity to line up adopters.
Our fantastic foster homes accept their foster dogs into their homes, give them a bath, a nice meal and a soft bed to sleep on as well as working on them with their training and sometimes helping them through a recovery from an ailment or illness. They develop trust, and get the dogs ready to transition smoothly into their forever homes.
Fostering is an extremely rewarding experience. There is nothing like comparing the "before" pictures of your foster dog in the shelter with the "after" pictures in his or her new adoptive home! Of course, there are bumps and challenges, but we will be there to help you every step of the way. We are available to our fosters 24 hours a day!
Even if you aren't ready to take a dog full time into your home, we still need temorary foster homes, or overnight foster homes. Even our full time foster homes go on vacation! These foster parents take a dog for the weekend while their regular foster is out of town. Our short term and temporary fosters fill a critical need for our Lucky Tails pups!
Foster parents provide temporary homes for dogs prior to their adoption. Providing foster care is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving the lives of homeless dogs.
There are several reasons:
Whatever the reason, these dogs need some extra TLC before they can be adopted. Providing foster care for a few days can be a lifesaving gift for a dog.
If you want to do something to help dogs, fostering can be the perfect way. Here’s why:
It’s more flexible than volunteering that requires you to be at a certain place at a certain time a certain number of hours a week.
It’s a great way to enjoy a pet if you aren’t ready to make a lifetime commitment right now. Do you want to add a dog to your household but you aren’t sure? Fostering is a great way to find out!
The specific needs of the dog will determine how much time is needed. Newborn puppies for example, will take much more time that an adult dog because they have to be fed every few hours. You can discuss your schedule with Lucky Tails to determine what kinds of animals you’ll be best suited to foster.
Lucky Tails provides foster parents with all the food, supplies and medication that their foster needs. However if your dog gets sick or wounded, we have a vet that we will ask you to take your foster to.
Some people refuse to foster dogs because they think that it is unfair to take in a dog, establish a bond, and allow the animal to be adopted into their forever home. Isn’t it like a second abandonment? No not at all! Being in a foster home can be a lifesaving step for a shelter dog. It gives the dog a chance to get used to living in a house, and is an opportunity to learn that not all people are mean, food is available and there is a nice warm bed waiting for them. Foster care prepares the dog for living in a home. There is no shortage of dogs that need fosters in Lucky Tails. The more fosters we have, the more dogs we can save!
Giving up an animal you’ve fostered, even to a wonderful home, can be difficult emotionally. Some people like to be there when the pet goes home with the new family. Seeing your foster animal ride off into the sunset will help you remember that he has found a loving home. A lot of foster families keep in touch with the adoptive family throughout the dog’s life. Knowing that you were part of saving this dogs life and finding it a loving home is tremendously rewarding. Sometimes a foster family turns into a forever family. That’s why Lucky Tails is always on the lookout for more fosters!
You’ll want to consider how your own pets will adjust to having a foster dog. Some dogs adjust very well and love having a foster pet in the house. Other pets have a harder time with the adjustment and don’t like it when a dog just comes and goes. You’re the best judge of your pet’s personality.
No! Lucky Tails will take full responsibility for finding a new home, though you can help by telling friends, family members and co-workers about your foster dog.
If you are interested in fostering one of our Lucky Tails Pups, please fill out our online foster questionnaire and send it to us to get the ball rolling! Fostering at Lucky Tails is very appreciated. A foster dog is a happy dog!!