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WHY FOSTER?

Fostering Saves Lives! Fosters provide a temporary home for many pets that would not have the opportunity to find a loving family because of time.  Southern high-kill shelters are overloaded. If a dog is brought in as a stray to a shelter they are often given 3-7 days for their owners to find them before they are euthanized. If they are owner-surrendered they can be put down the same day. Time is of the essence to save these precious lives. An approved and open foster home allows us to contact the shelter and spare this dog’s life. Pet Tails Rescue has a broad foster network which includes a Facebook forum for support and for sharing the adventures of your foster pet.

WHAT KIND OF DOG CAN I EXPECT?

This will depend on the answers that you provided on your foster application. Pet Tails Rescue needs fosters for dogs of all ages from pups to seniors. We try our best to match a dog with what you are willing and capable of providing. Most puppies will need house training, tons of attention, exercise and socialization. Older dogs may require a trip to the vet or the administration of medications. There are many rescue dogs that have been abused and are frightened and might need extra tenderness and patience as they work through their issues and learn to trust that not all people are bad.

HOW LONG DOES PLACEMENT LAST?

It varies. Young, highly adoptable dogs can be adopted out within 2-3 weeks. Older and less preferred breeds may take longer.  Pet Tails Rescue has been very successful with our foster programs since every single dog has wonderful traits and dispositions that will appeal of someone. All of our available dogs are posted on our website, through social media and on popular dog search websites such as Adopt A Pet. We also post flyers at local pet stores and veterinarian offices.

WHAT ARE A FOSTERS RESPONSIBILITIES?

Foster families are responsible for providing a safe loving environment for their fosters. They also provide food, treats, toys and adequate exercise and socialization. We do ask that if a vet appointment is required that the foster provide transportation to the vet. We must be notified and approve the vet visit (except in cases of emergencies where a dog’s life may be at risk).  We pay for all needed veterinary expenses. We will also ask for assistance in arranging meetings between approved adopters and your foster pet. We ask that you are available to meet us at a pre-determined location.  We also require periodic updates regarding the progress in training and temperament of your foster.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A PROBLEM?

Notify Pet Tails Rescue immediately! If it is a medical issue we will make arrangements to get your foster to a vet right away. If it is a behavioral issue, we will work with you and one of our professional trainers to provide assistance. In the unlikely case that we cannot resolve the situation we will find a new foster placement as quickly as possible.

CAN I ADOPT MY FOSTER DOG?

Our foster families are very valuable to us. Falling in love with a precious life that you are caring for is very difficult. It’s normal to get attached and to feel a sense of loss of having to say goodbye when the time comes. But knowing that because of you this animal would not have had a chance at life and knowing that you were instrumental in finding their forever family is a very gratifying experience. We believe that these lucky foster animals never truly forget their first experience being loved and that you will always have a very special place tucked away in their hearts. If you are approved as a foster home in most likelihood you would be approved to adopt your foster as well. We do ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you have decided to adopt your foster so that we can discontinue our efforts in find them their forever family.

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING FOSTERING TO SAVE A DOGS LIFE!