FOSTERTHE HEART OF RESCUE
People ask us all the time.... "How can you foster a dog and then let it go???"
Well the answer is easy, our dogs only go to homes that are equal or better than what the foster can provide and there is an endless number of dogs that need our foster's assistance! At RMG our fosters make the miracles happen - with love and patience, opening their hearts and homes.. they get the dogs we rescue ready for their forever homes. Its truly an act of love; a wonderful way for families to teach their children compassion and kindness while building character working through the challenges of training and preparing a dog for its forever home. Without fosters - we can't rescue!
Fostering is the LIFELINE of our Rescue. Every dog that goes into a foster home frees up space at animal control to save another dog in need, as well as teaching the foster dog to live with a family. Learn more about fostering here. If you decide fostering is for you, please visit our "Available Dogs" tab. Each dog in need of a foster home will have a link to their Foster application within their bio.
Questions? email [email protected]
Who can foster?
- We carefully screen applicants who want to foster dogs.
- You must be over 21 years old
- You must own a home or have permission from the landlord to have a pet
- The dog must live indoors with the family
What pet care is required of a foster?
Preparing a dog to become a pet requires:
- Daily grooming and care
- Housetraining, if necessary; crate training is encouraged
- Socialization with other animals, people of various ages, and car rides or other daily activities
- Training basic commands, such as sit, down, walking on a leash, stay and come, as well as teaching alternatives to destructive behaviors such as chewing, jumping, etc.
- Getting them used to being handled. Gently hold their paws, rub their ears, check their teeth, and massage their entire bodies. Apart from teaching them that being touched is pleasurable, it prepares them to be better vet patients
What else do you look for to place a pet with a foster?
As a foster, you agree to keep the pet healthy and safe while a forever home is found. A good pet home includes:
- A safe place for the pet to sleep and rest
- Proper food and exercise to maintain a healthy weight
- Access to clean water at all times
are matched to the foster home by disposition and activity level (of both
people and animals!)
What happens when I am approved and get a foster dog?
- This is where the fun starts! The dog will be delivered to your home or a drop off will be arranged. You will receive a crate, if necessary, as well as heartworm preventative. Our dogs are microchipped and vetted, so you will receive their packet of information to keep with them. If the dog has not yet been spayed or neutered, you will be expected to keep them away from other dogs until the procedure can be done!
- Once your new foster pet is introduced to your family and new surroundings, you should treat it as you would your own pet. Walking, snuggling, playing, napping and learning how to live nicely with humans may commence!
What are my responsibilities to RMG and my foster dog?
- RMG will arrange for spaying/neutering and will notify you of the appointment date and time. If you cannot transport the dog, please make arrangements to have the dog picked up and dropped off for the appointment. This is one of the most important functions of RMG. It keeps the population of homeless animals down and keeps foster families from having to deal with litters of puppies!
- RMG will arrange for heartworm medication and vetting for your foster for the length of your time fostering. If you need help transporting your foster pet to the vet for annual appointments, please make transport arrangements with RMG.
- Adoption events are fun and a great way to help socialize the animals. This is the best way to find their forever homes! If you cannot attend, please arrange transport with RMG.
- Send us photos and short videos of your foster dog that we can post on social media. The more the dog is seen, the greater the chance of adoption!
- Keep your dog healthy! Grooming, feeding, a clean bed and exercise are basic needs.
- Keep your dog safe! Tags should be attached to collars; always walk them on a leash; keep them away from dogs they do not know, both because of aggression and because of disease; never tie out your dog – it makes them vulnerable to other animals that can harm them as well as raising the probability of getting tangled and choked; never leave your dog in the car for more than 5 minutes; do not leave them in the car at all from May – October. Dogs should always be crated or otherwise secured in any vehicle.
- “Like” us on Facebook, join our RMG Fosters page, and post photos and videos of your foster. If you can, send us your photos and stories to put on our website. The more info on the animal, the better! Send to [email protected]
You are not responsible for the cost of vetting/neutering / spaying or monthly meds, however many of our fosters choose to pay for their foster dogs’ medical bills as a way to further their contribution to the rescue work. This is greatly appreciated! If RMG will be paying for the dog’s vetting, you will be sent to one of our partner vet clinics and the bill will be forwarded directly to us.
Someone is interested in adopting my foster dog. What now?
- We carefully screen potential adopters as well! Spend some time watching your dog interact with the person. As a foster, your opinion means a lot to us! Ask the potential adopter to go online and fill out an adoption form at www.rmgdogs.org
- Our Fosters are our partners in the adoption process. You may choose to interview the potential adopters as well as observe them with the dog. Your opinion is the most valuable part of the approval process, as you are the expert on your Foster dog! Of course, you may also choose not to participate in this part of the process. We respect your wishes and want you to do what is comfortable for you and your Foster dog.
Once the adoption is approved:
- Collect all the dog’s belongings, paperwork and medications. Write out any special directions or advice for the new owner
- Arrangements will be made, with your help, to transport your foster dog to its new home.
- Take a well- deserved break, or jump right back in to rescue another RMG dog!
What are RMG’s responsibilities to my foster dog?
- We will try to match the dog to your home atmosphere, taking size, energy level and known characteristics into account. An introduction to your family pets may be necessary to make sure they are compatible. The move to a home from animal control is invaluable in learning more about that particular dog and making it more adoptable.
- We will check in with you to make sure you and your dog are compatible and forming a healthy bond
- We cover the cost of all routine vaccinations and monthly medicines as well as spaying/neutering through our veterinarian partners
- We supply crates, blankets (thanks, Laura!), collar and tags and microchipping for all our animals where necessary
- We will work with you if you need help transporting your Foster to vet appointments
- We will include you in the adoption process and the arrangements for Fur-ever families
- We will do everything we can to find a suitable home for your Foster dog; one that is worthy of all the love and care you took with him or her to become a pet for a fortunate family!