What in the world is a foster home for a dog?
As a foster based rescue, we can only save as many dogs as we have space for. Currently, that number is 7. So once we reach capacity, we have to turn all other dogs away because we have nowhere to put them. That's where foster homes HELP A LOT! A foster family takes in one of our rescue dogs or puppies and cares for the fur baby as if it were their own...atleast until the dog gets adopted. Foster homes provide food and love while we provide for the veterinary costs associated with pet ownership. Many dogs get depressed in rescue because dogs long to be a part of the family. Even though we spend a great deal of time with our dogs and we love them dearly, this isn't a real home. In a foster home setting, the rescue dog learns to trust people, how to behave in a home, and most importantly, what it is to be loved! Foster homes are desperately needed so we can save more dogs.
How do i become a foster parent for a rescue dog?
There are a few requirements to become a foster home for Phoenix Rising Rescue. First of all, you have to have a home. And if you rent your home, you must have written permission from your landlord stating that you are allowed to foster a rescue dog. Your home must also have adequate yard for the dog to run and play or you must be willing to provide the dog with frequent walks and exercise. If we are all good there, we will move on to any other pets you have in the home. Are ALL of your current pets vaccinated and spayed or neutered? We know full well the dangers and health risks to unaltered animals and we will not place our rescue dogs in a home where other animals have not been altered. Are your pets friendly and well behaved? We also will not place any of our dogs in homes where other pets may be a danger to them. Do you have children? Do your children know how to respect and love an animal properly? Is your home a stable and loving environment? If you can answer "yes" to all of these questions, then we would love to have you fill out a foster application and let us know which of our fur babie you are interested in fostering. WE NEED YOU!
what if i fall in love and just can't let my foster baby go?
It happens all the time. In fact, Carrie, founder of Phoenix Rising Rescue, got her first two pit bulls because she was a "foster failure" twice! Sometimes a dog just "speaks to your heart" and you quickly figure out that you were their forever home all along. So just fill out an adoption application and go through with the adoption process. Often times we don't choose our family pets...they choose us.
what if i take in a dog to foster and it just doesn't work out?
The rescue dog is our responsibility. No matter what, we will never "stick you" with one of our rescue dogs. Things happen and sometimes the foster family and the rescue dog just aren't compatible. We do our best to pair dogs and families together that we feel will be a good fit but sometimes it just isn't. No worries.