We need your help! There are so many dogs in need, and we are flooded with local surrenders. We can only save as many lives as we have foster homes, so we are delighted that you are considering this option. Here's how it works: You provide a safe, loving environment for the dog, and Lucky Pup Rescue provides the rest!
Our sweeties are worth every penny and every minute, and they are so grateful to us. They do not dwell on the past like humans; they live in the moment and provide unconditional love. They are a joy to work with, and to see the results of your hard work is very rewarding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nothing! You provide the love and safety, and we will provide everything else! We'll loan you a crate, leash, etc., and give you the food and arrange for veterinary care if needed.
Great! We'll talk more about all those things before you get started.
It's impossible to predict. By law, dogs must stay in our care for the first five days. After that first week, we allow approved adopters to visit and potentially adopt at that time. Dogs have been with us from a few days to a few months.
If the dog is not already committed to an adopter (we will let you know when placing the dog with you), then you may have the first option. We typically ask foster families for a decision in 1 - 2 weeks to be fair to the dog and any potential adopters. At that time, we will ask for the adoption fee and will transfer paperwork and ownership to you.
We do our best to facilitate a good match, but we don't always have complete information. This is especially true if the dog does not have any experience in a home or family. There is always an adjustment period while you are figuring each other out, and we will help in any way we can. After that period, if there are still concerns, we will move the dog, but please understand that it can take a few days. Our primary goal is to keep everyone, including the dog, safe. We also don't want them bouncing from home to home - there have already been so many adjustments in their lives!
We don't expect you to be Cesar or Victoria, but your assessment of the dog is important to us. For some, this is the first experience in a home or with a family. House training is often a part of fostering; for some dogs it's just a refresher and they pick up quickly. Some take a little longer, and puppies are, of course, going to take the longest. Even an adult dog who was previously housebroken will sometimes have accidents in a new environment.
We do all we can to gather information and make the best possible match, but cannot prepare for every single situation. Your calm, assertive, educated leadership will go a long way towards nipping a problem in the bud. You will need to understand that there are thousands (yes, thousands) of dogs euthanized in this country every day. The dogs we take are the "best of the best" from local surrenders and high-kill shelters in the south, and they were spared because someone saw potential in them. Of the 900+ dogs we have taken in, we have had aggressive instances in fewer than 5% of the population and almost all of these can be traced back to a human error.
That being said, you need to know:
We have many resources to help with challenges. We are here for you!
NO! We believe that kids and dogs are a natural match, but we are very careful with which dogs we place in your home (for obvious reasons). Teaching your kids to respect and nurture your foster dog will pay dividends throughout their lives! However, we do expect adult supervision at all times and that the responsibility for care is to fall squarely on the shoulders of the adults in the home. Use this opportunity to teach responsibility, compassion, and training, but at no time should the safety of the dog or your children be compromised.
1 Complete our Foster Family Application