FOSTERS SAVE LIVES!
Big Dawgs Rescue does not have a central building or facility that houses the animals in our care. All of our pets live in volunteer foster homes until adoption. As a result, we cannot save an animal without a foster that is willing to take them in! Fostering is the foundation of our rescue. Fosters are invaluable to the work we do, and we are always in need of additional homes.
If you are ready to open your heart and home to a foster pet, please fill out our foster form. Please be certain all key members of the household agree on this decision, and understand the commitment, before proceeding. If you are unsure of what fostering entails, please read below and contact us with any additional questions you may have.
What is a Foster?
A foster agrees to temporarily allow a pet in need to stay in their home while they wait to be adopted. The rescue provides all vet care, and may help with supplies if needed. Most fosters provide their own food, bedding, and toys. The rescue is responsible for finding adoptive homes through our events and online databases, and the foster provides updated information and photos for the pets bio. Fosters that are able to bring their pets to adoption events are usually able to get their fosters adopted more quickly. As a foster, you are in charge of providing a safe and loving home, and preparing your pet as best you can for adoption. Some fosters may not need to put in much work at all. Other fosters may need to socialize shy pets, provide basic training, and/or aid in emotional rehabilitation. As a foster, you can specify the types of pets you are willing to take in. However, please remember, fostering is a responsibility, and we are only interested in committed foster homes. We understand that sometimes things don’t work out, but fosters should be flexible and able/ willing to work with their rescue pet on any issues that may arise. These are rescue animals, and some of them may come with some baggage. Fosters are there to help them unpack. We are not interested in fosters that only want to take in “the perfect dog.”
A foster gets all of the fun of a pet without the lifelong commitment! Fostering is a great option for people who are unable to adopt at this point in their lives, but still want to help out. If you already have too many pets, don’t have the security at this time to commit to the lifetime of a pet, aren’t financially stable enough to afford vet care, travel or move around too much, etc., you can still play a critical role in saving the lives of homeless animals by becoming a foster parent.
Fostering is also a great way to ease your way into adopting. If you or your family are considering getting a new pet, fostering is a good way to see if you are ready. Plus, you can keep fostering until you find the perfect pet for you!
Fostering is also a great way to teach kids the responsibility of pet ownership, and the importance of spaying and neutering. Many parents say they want their kids to witness a mother caring for her litter, and watch the young grow up. Instead of contributing to the pet overpopulation problem and creating more animals that need homes by breeding your own pets, why not rescue a pregnant mother that is already in the shelter? You get to experience having puppies or kittens, and you don’t have to take on the personal responsibility of finding them new homes!
Dogs Who Need Fosters