Your Questions Answered

Why foster a dog?

Rescue Dogs Match does not have a shelter or physical location. All the dogs are placed in loving foster homes until they find a home of their own. Aside from providing a safe, loving and comfortable temporary home until an adoptive home can be found, foster homes live with the dog and therefore know the dog’s personality. This knowledge is vital in determining the most suitable placement for rescued dogs, thereby ensure a successful adoption. Fostering is very rewarding. You have the opportunity to directly impact the life a dog who needs a second chance. You get to see the changes, experience the growth and best of all, you get to save a life!

What does a foster home do?

A foster is a temporary placement for our animals. The foster home, foster parents, will be responsible for basic housetraining, socialization, health care, and temperament assessment of a placed pet. The foster family is the ‘advocate’ for the pet for potential adopters. We rely on our foster homes to assess the personality of the pet, identify any behavioural issues that need to be worked on, etc. Therefore, we like the dogs to be walked (how are they on the leash?), socialized with other pets and people, etc. Some dogs may need to be housebroken or crate-trained (they are more adoptable). The more information the foster home can provide us, the more likely the ultimate placement of the pet is successful. Fostering is a very fulfilling way to help out. If you’ve thought about adopting a pet, but aren’t quite sure what breed is best for you, fostering is a wonderful way to try out different types of animals and determine whether they are suitable for your lifestyle. The more foster parents we have – the more pets we can help!

What about expenses?

The rescue supplies food ( unless declined by foster family) and vetting is covered by the rescue. We ask the fosters to do meet and greets with potential forever families and if need be take the fur kid to the vet. RDM covers all medical expenses (vaccination, spaying/neutering) and if more extensive care is needed, we cover that too! We ask that foster homes provide love, a safe environment, rules and boundaries, and some basic training (and housetraining if needed). We also ask that you transport the dog to their vet appointments.

What about vacations?

We are pretty flexible; if you need to go away we can provide a temporary foster home or a kennel stay at our expense. We ask for as much notice as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Some foster homes take their dogs with them, but it’s up to you!

How long do dogs stay in foster care?

The average stay is about 45 days. Sometimes, dogs are adopted within a week or two of being in foster care, and other times, it can take several months to find the best home. It’s not usually possible to predict exactly how long a dog will be in foster care, but lots of greet photos and an accurate description of the dog go a long way to finding them a good home. Sometimes we have some very special dogs who need care for extended periods while they nurse puppies or recover from an injury that required surgery. Sometimes we have dogs that need a little extra training or help because they are really shy. We supply the resources to help these dogs, it’s up to you if you want to help with these more complicated cases.

How many dogs can I foster?

How many do you feel you can take? Most people only foster one or two adults at a time. We prefer to keep young pups in groups of 2 or 3 until they are 12 weeks of age. Sometimes we have litters that need to stay together and that can be from just a few to 10 or more!

Can I choose a foster dog from website?

In most cases dogs on the website are already in foster homes. We will not move a dog to another foster home unless the dog is in a temporary situation. Our foster home coordinator sends out a list of dogs available for fostering with as much information as possible and often photos. We also ask you what kinds of dog you would prefer to foster (size, age, and training) and will contact you when we have a match. Usually it doesn’t take too long!

What if I want to adopt my foster dog?

Unless we’re in the middle of approving the adoption of your foster dog, you can adopt! One of the hardest parts of being a foster home is saying goodbye but it can be a good feeling as well. As the foster family, you have the final say in which family adopts your foster dog.

How do dogs get adopted?

Anyone wishing to adopt a dog fills out the adoption application form and it is sent to our volunteer adoption coordinator. If the adoption coordinator thinks it’s a good match for the dog, the application is sent to the foster home for their input. The foster home will talk and meet with potential adopter. A home visit is done to confirm information on the application. After everyone’s happy with the new home, the applicant pays the adoption fee (and spay/neuter deposit, if applicable) and takes the dog home.

What if the foster pet doesn’t get along with others in the family?

If this happens, you should notify RDM immediately. We will help you overcome the situation, whether it requires additional training, or another placement. We will take care not to place a pet with you that are not ready to handle, or that does not fit into your family.

Do I get to choose the pet I foster?

Our pets are placed based on need, temperament, and your abilities. You can identify preferences in the application process. You can also determine that a recommended pet may not fit into your family, so can ask for a different placement. The more you foster, the better we can appropriately place the right foster with you. You can also volunteer at our adoption events to get to know of our pets better – you may find yourself bringing one home with you to foster! The pet that you foster is ultimately your choice.

How should I introduce the foster pet into my existing ‘pack’?

Some rescue pets are frightened when the first enter the foster home. Keep in mind they have likely been through a lot. Most are best introduced to the other dogs and/or cats and the family gradually and quietly and on neutral territory as a first assessment. Report any undue problems with resident dogs or cats, and we will move the dog to another home.

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