Why Foster? . . . Make a Difference. Save a Life.
A foster home gives a dog the chance to recover from the stress of being kenneled, while also providing the space to accept another dog into the program—saving more lives.
A home environment allows the foster guardian an opportunity to work with the dog on basic obedience or on modifying any behavior issues that may have played a role in the dog finding itself in rescue. Medium and large, adolescent, untrained dogs are prime candidates for foster homes. Such dogs may be overlooked at the shelter because they are too big, unruly, or ordinary looking. They are past the adorable puppy stage, but still have lots of energy that needs an outlet.
Given enough time, training and lots of love, these dogs—that might otherwise be euthanized for lack of space—now have a chance at finding permanent, loving homes.
Email RainDogRescue@gmail.com for a Foster Guardian application.
Fostering for Rain Dog Rescue
Rain Dog Rescue believes that great fosters aren't born, they are made. We are dedicated to supporting you during the entire foster process. Each foster is paired with a Matchmaker who will serve as your point of contact, answer any questions you might have or provide tips on dealing with issues you might encounter.
In addition, we provide many online resources, including a foster manual and links to helpful information or articles. Ultimately, we will provide classes ranging from the fundamentals to more advanced courses designed to provide you with the skills needed to deal with a dog requiring some behavior modification and/or a dog with medical conditions requiring a higher level of care.
Rain Dog Rescue doesn't subscribe to "foster to forget". We work with input from the foster to develop a plan to promote the dog for adoption.
Reason 1: I work 10-12 hours a day and don't have time for a foster dog.
Did you know that if necessary, RDR will provide you with a dog walker or arrange for your foster dog to go to day care at no cost to you?Reason 2: Now is not the right time. The family has a vacation scheduled in a month.
If your foster dog is not adopted by the time that you are scheduled to go on vacation, we can place your foster with a temporary foster family or board them at no cost to you.
Reason 3: I don't think I could give up my foster dog and I am not in a position to keep the foster.
Giving up a foster can be hard for some. BUT it helps to remember that you can save so many more dogs by fostering than you can by adopting. RDR has numerous stories of dogs who lingered at shelters who would have spent many, many months in a small cage had they not gone into a foster home. Dogs like Sere. Click here to check her story and how a foster home was instrumental in helping her find a home of her own.
As a foster, you are not expected to pay for any of the associated costs. RDR pays for the foster's medical care, training needs, supplies and all other associated costs. The only thing that foster's typically pay for is food, BUT RDR will pay for that as well.
Reason 4: I am concerned that my children will be heartbroken when our foster dog gets adopted.
Fostering a dog can be a wonderful way to teach children about responsibility and empathy. People and animals come into and out of our lives, and fostering is a good way to help explain those changes to your children. Knowing that they have helped a dog in need can give your children a sense of pride.
Reason 6: I have never had a dog of my own. I don't know anything about training or raising a dog.
With RDR in your corner, you don't need to know anything about raising a dog. You will be assigned a foster "Matchmaker" who will help educate you, support you and, if necessary, arrange to get you any additional training needed. Additionally, if you don't want to have to worry about training, RDR has older dogs in its foster program, most of whom have lived in a home before and know basic manners.
Fostering is work; expect to be frustrated. BUT it is also one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Knowing that you are a big part of the reason that your foster dog has a new family and a second chance is one of the most amazing feelings you will ever experience. Just ask anyone whose fostered.
(Testimonials coming soon!)