How to Become a Foster
Below are the general guidelines for foster care. Once you've read
and understood the expectations of an SCL foster, download the forms
at the bottom of this page and return them to us. And thank you for
your interest in joining SCL.
- Ideally, a foster volunteer should have some general experience
with dogs. You should be familiar with basic dog care and training.
You should be familiar with the breed.
- Short term fosters will usually be 2 months or less. They will usually
pertain to mothers with litters of pups or dogs recovering from surgeries
- Long term fosters will be for dogs who are in training and will
require monthly reports of their progress in training.
- You will need to provide basic care such as food, water, shelter
- If the dog is sick, you might have to give medication. Most important
is love and patience. Your foster has been through some stress, he
may be confused and anxious. Often dogs from the shelter are shy and
easily spooked. They often need a longer settling in period.
- We encourage you to have your current pets up to date on their vaccinations,
as it is possible that your foster could be harboring some disease
and it isn't fair to unnecessarily risk your own pet's health.
- Make sure that you have a collar and ID for the foster dog. They
will also have a microchip traceable back to SCL. Please notify SCL
immediately if the dog is lost or missing.
- Recognize that you can't save them all. Learn to say no. You have
other commitments that take precedence at times - family, job, your
own pets. If you try to do too much, you will burn out way too soon.
You will need to be selective about which dogs you will take and realistic
about how many you can keep at one time. Above all, don't feel bad
about wanting some time off between fosters. You deserve it.
After application approval, fill out:
Become a Foster!
and this could be you...