Foster Care Help Page
Your role as a foster carer
To provide a safe and secure temporary home until your foster dog finds their forever home.
To provide basic training to your foster dog. This includes but is not limited to -Sit, stay, come etc. Not jumping up on people, and place or crate training.
Socialising your foster dog is important too, if you have problems with this please contact one of us for help.
To provide a profile and pictures when your foster dog is ready to find a home.
To reach out for advice when needed
To provide meet and greets for your foster dog with potential owners. Please see meet and greet guide.
To provide enough mental and physical stimulation to your foster dog.
Names are to stay the same unless other wise instructed by the committee.
As we offer a 2 week trial to new owners it is important for us to have a new dog at least that long too. This gives us time to work on behavioural issues and get them fully vetted. Some dogs take longer than others to be adopted.
Please also let us know if you need a break for a while. We all need breaks at times and there is no shame in asking for one.
Is your dog digging? Is it driving you mad? Well let’s try and figure out WHY your dog is digging the place up….
Toilet training is both rewarding and frustrating, yes that’s right frustrating…
We are here to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome.
There need to be rules for all dogs who enter your home.
Rules are you not being bossy or fussy.
Rules are an essential part of dog ownership.
A dog with no Rules can become destructive, naughty and anxious.
Setting dogs up for success is our number one priority. Most of them end up in rescue because people have failed them.
Rules and boundaries must be set from the very beginning.
All dogs must have their safe place!
A place where they can go to be by themselves.
Their safe place can be a crate, a mat or bed.
This place must be their own.
No kids, Adults other animals or dogs here.
Dogs can be fed in their safe place. Special toys, puzzles, treats.
Lots of praise.
Some dogs need to be shown how amazing their safe place is.
See files on 'Crate Training' and 'Place training'.
Also keep an eye out for some videos that will be shared on this subject.
We have Support Chats for all carers who have foster dogs.
Please reach out of you need help or advice.
We are very lucky to have some very experienced carers and trainers in this group.
Creating a profile
What we need to know.
What they're good with/not good with
Men, women, kids, strangers, dogs, cats, other animals.
What he/she likes to do.
What he/she is good at.
What he/she is learning at the moment.
What they need to work on.
Lots of photos loaded to the Album
Waiting for applications
When a profile goes up it will be up for a minimum of 2 days.
Once the profile goes on hold we will Send a group of applications for you to read through.
Once you have chose the best application for your foster dog please let us know through the Support Chat.
An email will be sent to the applicant once you have been notified that it has been sent you may call and chat to the applicant and organise a meet.
Please let the Support Chat know the date, time and location for safety purposes.
Meet and Greet
Congratulations; You’ve made it to your first meet and greet…… now what???
Firstly, please make sure your foster dog is freshly bathed, a day or 2 before hand is ok.
If you feel a little nervous running your first meet and greet alone, speak up. We do have some experienced carers who can mentor you or come with you if needed.
If you are ever at a meet and feel uneasy either kindly let them know that your dog has other meets to attend or call us!! Let us know, your gut is normally right, and we don’t want to leave our dogs anywhere unsafe.
Make sure you have completed a ‘Getting to know me’ form. Make sure you have your dogs ‘Paw Pack’ with you.
This should have in it:
Adoption agreement (this will need to be read through by yourself and the adoptee at the time of adoption. Once filled out you will need to take a clear photo of each page and send it through to your support chat)
A completed ‘Getting to know me’ form
A copy of ‘Settling our new dog in’ form
Spare Dusty Paws tag
Please also take a bit of your dogs’ food with them in case they get adopted, a zip sealed bag with enough for a few feeds is good.
Be confident in what you are telling the interested adoptee about the dog, Make them aware that these are the things you have learnt about your foster dog in the time you have had them. Dogs are always evolving and changing in new environments (example, a completely toilet trained pup may regress a little when moving to a new place)
Please make the adoptee aware of any medical issues eg. The dog being freshly desexed as it will need rest and time to recover.
If you are unsure how to introduce your dog to the adoptees, please let us know and we will make sure a mentor can be present.
Please ensure you have a good look at fences or any easy escape routes or gates which the pup might fit through etc. If they are keen to adopt the dog but may need to repair or secure their yards, we are happy to offer them time to do this before leaving the dog with them.
If all goes well at the meet and greet then comes the decision… Do they want to adopt? If they need time to think about it, please allow them time to think. Adopting a dog or puppy is a big decision for some people. If they are unsure about the dog, maybe spend a bit more time there with them (time permitting) If they decide that this dog isn’t the right dog for them that’s fine. Thank them for their time and let them know we will put them on the waiting list for another dog that may suit them better.
What if they want to adopt the dog??
If they are keen to adopt please refer them to the payment details on the business card in the pack. They MUST bank transfer the adoption fee unless a cash transaction has been organised prior with Crystal, Lisa or Angela. You will need to review the payment receipt and have them email it to us before the dog or pup can be left with them.
Sometimes people may make payment but need time to grab the essentials for their new family member, if this is the case please sort out a time to meet up with them later to drop the dog off. The 2-week trial starts from the date you drop the dog off which goes on the adoption agreement.
Well done, your foster dog has now been adopted. Now what??
Keep an eye on the foster page for incoming dogs, if you can take one please let us know. Also, if you need a break that’s fine too your only human, just let us know please.
If you have any questions please ask us, Facebook, message, phone call or even in person.
**PLEASE try and get a photo of the dog with their new family for the Facebook Happy Homes Group, you can then once the family are added to the page do a welcome post **