Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NW suburbs, IL
Dogs Name: Bruda Weekend Warrior, aka "Rowan"; Bruda Pure Seduction, aka "Monroe"
Titles: UKC Ch, RN, TT, CGC, TDI; AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
Dogs Age: DOB 2/11/11; DOB 12/12/12
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First of all, thank you for considering being a foster! It is truly rewarding.
I agree with the importance of taking it slow. Remember that often foster dogs come to us with very little background info and part of the reason for fostering is to learn more about them. Understand that they are very stressed and may react in ways that are not typical even for them. Also, you may hear they are "good with dogs" or kids, cats, etc...but you should always be cautious, in my opinion. Go into it knowing that there is a possibility that they may never be able to mingle well with your dogs and be prepared to handle that if needed.
Also, make yourself aware of all of your valuable rescue contact people and utilize them. Know who to call if there is an emergency, or if you need a vet appointment or have questions about food/supplies or whatever. These are simple logistic questions, but can make life difficult if you find yourself needing that info!
Make sure you know what commitment you are making (are you covering any costs or is everything being provided for you? Are you expected to take your foster to vet appointments/adoption events and how frequently? etc). I am a believer that people are much more successful when they go into things with eyes wide open and know what to expect.
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." --Josh Billings
UKC Ch. Bruda Weekend Warrior, RN TT CGC TDI "Rowan"
Bruda Pure Seduction, S.T.A.R. Puppy "Monroe"