|Barked: Sun Feb 17, '13 5:12pm PST |
|Here's my experience. A few years ago I decided I wanted to foster for my local shelter. So I went in, got all the information I needed, filled out some paperwork, and they handed me a dog. They told me I had to pay for everything, food, any vet visit, flea product(unless they were stocked with some at the time I asked for it), etc...basically it would be like my own dog.
I didn't start out this way, but I ended up becoming a temporary foster, as in, I didn't keep the dogs until they're adopted. What I did was take in a dog, have it groomed, do my best to house train, leash train, other very basic training, see how it does with resident pets, dogs in the neighborhood, etc...and return the dog, wait a long while, and foster another dog. The dog would then have more information on its bio, then just the basic "xx came in as a stray, is a good dog, loves everyone". The basic training made them more likely to be adopted sooner.
ETA: I've also just brought dogs home for a only day. At my shelter, there is no place for the dogs to run off leash, so the only exercise they get is when on leash. As a result, many are so hyped up when a potential adopter comes and decides to walk one, that the person can't control them. So, I have brought hyped up dogs home so they can simply run without the restraints of a leash. That's not really fostering, but it is good for the dogs.
Edited by author Sun Feb 17, '13 5:18pm PST
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