Today’s blog post is written by Karen Battreal of Nebraska Border Collie Rescue. It is the second of several posts about foster homes. The topics covered today focus on lost dog procedures, helping fosters stay motivated, and other foster “feelings” related topics. We look forward to your comments and ideas.
If a foster loses a dog I must be notified immediately. The foster puts up posters, contacts local authorities. Our dogs are microchipped so that helps We work closely with our local animal control, so if a dog is lost and they find the dog it is returned to the foster immediately.
We bend over backwards to accommodate our fosters. We match the foster dog to the family. We have fosters who need child friendly dogs, dogs that do not upset older dogs in the family, dogs that get along with cats, etc.
When a foster indicates he/she needs a break we respond accordingly. We try to never push a foster to their limit. We honor a foster family 4 times a year. We have a wonderful boarding kennel that boards our foster dogs for free when the foster goes out of town so the foster never has to worry about finding a place for the dog when they have to leave for awhile.
Nebraska Border Collie members love to socialize. Our meetings are always a pot luck and we have a great time after the meeting. We have a garage full of toys, beds, food, treats, crates, tennis balls, vitamins, supplements, anything a dog needs. It is all available to our fosters. I frequently tell them to go shopping in the garage.
We have a volunteer list on Yahoo and we communicate through the list.
Terminating a foster is difficult but sometimes has to be done. Not properly caring for their foster dog, which would include not giving vet care when needed, not giving hw preventative, not treating with Frontline, abuse, etc. are all reasons to terminate.
Potential fosters must submit an application to foster. We check references and do a home visit before they are approved or declined. Approved fosters also sign a foster contract.