FOSTERING

FOSTERING

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WHY FOSTER      

                         

Fostering can be an incredibly rewarding experience for you and your family. Foster carers provide an invaluable service to rescue by providing a home environment to a dog that otherwise may not find safety or allowing the rescue to free up space to rescue others.

Placing a dog in a home is often the best way to assess a dog properly to allow us to find the right home. A foster carer can let us know if the dog is human focused, is good with children, other dogs or has a high prey drive. You can also let us know if they dig, chew or have other habits that need addressing.

As a foster carer you can significantly contribute to a dogs ability to find a home through providing some basic obedience training and manners that may not have been forthcoming in their previous homes. You can also provide stability and a safe environment that will often be lacking in these dogs lives and teach them to trust again. Many have not been well fed, often they have been mistreated and seeing them blossom can be one of the most rewarding experiences of fostering.

HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO FOSTER?

Unfortunately this can be a difficult question to answer accurately. Some dogs are adopted in a couple of weeks while others may take many months. AMRAA is very cautious in our rehoming as we wish to ensure that the next home a dog goes to is their last. If you need to go away for any period during your fostering or your circumstances change so that you can no longer foster, we will take the dog back into our care but would very much appreciate at least a few weeks warning.

 

 

WHAT WILL FOSTERING REQUIRE

 

As a foster carer we provide a collar and lead, all vet work, ongoing flea and tick treatment and worming. AMRAA will also provide bedding and bowls if you do not have those available. We also provide readily available support at any time.

 We ask that you provide shelter and a loving, safe environment and treat the dogs as if they were your own. We also ask that you walk the dog daily and provide some basic training in walking on lead, being able to sit and stay. If you are able to do so, we would also ask that you provide food but if this is not possible, then we will also provide food during the time that you are fostering.

In addition it is valuable for you provide us with a short assessment of your foster dog and allow us to get photos and arrange meet and greets with potential adopting families.

We will only ask you to foster a dog that we believe will be suitable to your situation and that you feel comfortable to foster. If at any time you find that the dog you are fostering is aggressive in any way we will expect that you inform us and not put yourself, your family or other animals at risk. AMRAA cannot guarantee or be held responsible for the temperament, behaviour, or health of foster pets although we obviously have animals vet checked and assessed as well as possible prior to placement.  Unfortunately foster pets may cause damage to personal property, other pets and humans. So it is important that the dogs are securely housed at all times whilst in your care.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FAMILY IS FOUND

When a family that is suitable applies, we will initially screen the family and if the application sounds like they may be a good fit, we will arrange a yard check and forward the application to you for you to also assess. Once that has occurred we will liaise with you in regard to arranging a meet and greet with the new potential adoptees. We will endeavor to be at the meet and greet with you or can pick up your foster dog to do the meet and greet ourselves. We will be guided by your assessment but the final decision rests with AMRAA.

 

 If once a family applies to adopt, you decide that you cannot bear to let your foster dog go we will certainly discuss the possibilities of transferring from fostering to adopting.

 

Perhaps the following poem describes fostering best and unfortunately we do not have the author’s name

 

A Foster Animals Thankyou

 

"

There I sat, alone and afraid,


You got a call and came right to my aid.


You bundled me up with blankets and love. 


And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.


I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.


That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.


You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.


You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.


And just when I thought you'd done all you do,


There came along not one new lesson, but two.


First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go. 
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know.

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Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.


Along came a new family, they even have kids!


They took me to their home, forever to stay.


At first I thought you sent me away.


Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.


No matter how far, you will always be near.


And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.


I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.


But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.


You never really give your fosters away.


You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.


We may never meet again, and now I know why.


You'll remember I lived with you for a time.


I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine