Foster Application

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When you foster a dog for Independent Dog Rescue, we take your advice and opinions very seriously. A dog's foster home provides us with very important information. We greatly appreciate our foster families, and our foster families are always kept current as to how the dogs that they have fostered are doing, receive photos, etc. We also try to place your foster dogs in a prompt manner, and make sure that all of our homes are superior families or individuals.

When fostering for us, we agree that we will provide all of the medical care necessary for the dog, including transporting the dog to and from the veterinarian.  We transport and provide whatever we can for the dogs that is needed -- if you live near one of our volunteers, this can include socialization and behavioral training work with the dog. What we expect in return is that you will treat your foster dog with total love, and we hope that you can provide food for your foster dog. If that is not possible, we will try to work with you if we can. We will provide you a list of approved foods for feeding.

Again, we thank you very much for your desire to help us, we definitely appreciate it! There is usually a long waiting list of dogs and puppies desperately needing homes. Please, if you have room in your home and room in your heart, consider fostering a dog! It is one of the most rewarding experiences in life that you could ever have. If you would like to talk to some of our current foster parents, feel free to email us and we can put you in touch with them!

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Your name
Spouse's/partner's name
(if applicable):
Street Address
Zip Code
Daytime phone number
Evening phone number
Email Address
Spouse's occupation

1. Do you currently own any animals? If yes, please tell us about them.
We would like to know their age, gender, breed, size, general temperament towards other animals.

2. Do you have children? If so, what are their ages and genders? Do you feel as though they are respectful of animals, are you willing to make sure that your children and your animals respect each other?

3. Do you own your own home? If not, please give us the name and telephone number of the homeowner/landlord. What type of home do you live in: house, apartment, condominium, etc. Please describe your home to us: for example, do you have a yard; if so, is it fenced? Does your family live in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?

4. How many hours a day will the dog be left home alone? When you are not home, where will the dog be (outside in pen, outside tied to run, outside in yard, inside free, inside enclosed in an area, or inside in a crate)?

5. Do you routinely walk your dogs on a leash? Where and how will the dog be exercised every day?

6. Do you feel as though you have time to spend with this dog and are able to give it love as one of yours until he/she is placed?

7. Do you feel as though you can work through behavioral problems that may arise with the dog/dogs? If there are any issues you feel you would not be comfortable with, please list.

8. Do you agree to meet the feeding requirements of Independent Dog Rescue?

9. Are you comfortable with the responsibility of administering medication or treatment?

10. Are you willing to commit to work on socializing your foster dog, to use ONLY positive training techniques, and to never employ physical discipline?

11. While we make every effort to evaluate every foster dog and to place them in appropriate homes, we cannot guarantee each dog's behavior in any conceivable situation. Are you willing to accept these conditions and to work with your foster dog on any behavioral issues which may arrise (we will, of course, support you in every way we can)?

12. Do you have any breed-specific, gender-specific, size or other requirements for the dog/dogs that you can foster? If so, please list.

13. Do you feel as though you would be capable of fostering a mother with a litter of puppies? Do you feel as though you would be capable of fostering a litter of puppies without a mother (bottlefeeding, etc.)?

14. In the event that the foster dog does not get along with your other pets, are you willing to keep them in separate areas?

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