HOW DO I APPLY?
1. Complete the Online Foster Application Form
2. One of our volunteers will contact you to schedule a home visit
3. Once you have been approved, we will match you with the most suitable dog
Our Volunteer Team will be available at all times if you have any questions or concerns.
When we rescue dogs who have no time left in high kill shelters, we MUST have a safe place for the dog before committing to saving the dogs. Foster care is the backbone of ANY rescue. Without foster homes, we are unable to rescue dogs. This often means death for the shelter dogs unless other rescues come forward to help.
Our foster families provide the love, food, care and shelter for our rescues by opening their hearts and homes to care for the dogs until approved permanent homes are be found. We are limited to how many dogs we can rescue without available foster homes.
Being a foster family for Chatham Kent Animal Rescue is a commitment. We know it’s not for everyone but it IS important to consider all the facts if this is something you truly want to do. Being a foster may not always be easy, but it IS a very rewarding experience that can be life changing! Just ask any of our current foster families!
As a foster family, YOU play an important role in saving one dog - YOU are the ONE who will give one of our rescued dogs a second chance. This should give you a great sense of pride knowing how much YOU can contribute to saving a life. Without our foster families, these dogs have little to no chance.
WHAT IS MY COST WHEN I FOSTER?
Chatham Kent Animal Rescue will cover all veterinary expenses for the dogs in our rescue. We ask all our foster families to please provide plenty of love, patience, care, a warm bed, dog food, treats and basic training to help socialize the dog, if required, to increase their chances of being adopted.
HOW LONG WILL I KEEP MY FOSTER FOR?
Rescue dogs in our foster care program can vary. For example, younger, already socialized dogs are adopted faster while older dogs can take longer. Foster care can be as short as two weeks or possibly for several months.
All dogs MUST be secured at all times when outside the home (no fenced back yard), on walks, rides in vehicles. NO exceptions. The safety of our rescue dogs are priority.
Often we do not know the background of our “rescued” dogs. We try our best to obtain as much information from the shelters as possible to share with our foster families. Many may not be housebroken or may have been mistreated while other rescues are perfectly fine without any issues to work through. Your commitment, patience and compassion to these rescues will increase their chances of finding new forever homes!
We are also sensitive to the fact that being a foster can also be a tearful time for our foster families when the dog in their care has found a permanent home through our adoption program. We know you will probably feel a close attachment to your foster dog, that’s natural. Yes there will be tears but remember this…..it was YOU who gave your fostered dog a second chance for a new life! This is a gift that not everyone can give. As a foster family and providing care and your love to help our rescues on to their next phase of life is a special gift you give to yourself, the rescued dog and the new adoptive family.
CAN I ADOPT MY FOSTER DOG?
All of the dogs in our foster program belong to Chatham Kent Animal Rescue. Our foster homes have the unique advantage of getting to know their foster dog and of course, have precedence over other interested potential adopters.
If the foster family would like to adopt their foster dog, an application, adoption fee, and contract are required just as they are for everyone. If you do decide to adopt one of our dogs, we ask that you continue to help foster another dog.