Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I apply to foster?
To apply to become a foster parent, please fill out our online Foster Parent form here! Please note: currently we cannot take on families with children under 12 in the home, those with allergies to dogs, or homes outside of the Toronto area. For further questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or if you'd prefer to download the application form you can do so via PDF here. The foster manager reviews each application, and if it looks good on paper, we proceed. Each applicant must have 3 personal references, as well as a vet reference for past or current pets. We call each one. After these references are complete ( and deemed satisfactory) a home visit will be scheduled with a volunteer. Every member of the home must be present. If all goes well, you're approved to foster!
APPLY TO BECOME A FOSTER HERE! Email US with further questions at email@example.com.
2. What happens after I'm approved?
The foster manager then matches each applicant with dogs coming into the rescue based on needs of the dog and the applicant. It will not be dependent on breed, but more on personality and unique history of the dog. Requesting a specific breed of hypo breeds means that we cannot place a dog with you very often, and other dogs who are in need cannot be saved. Keep in mind photos and info on dogs will not be released to fosters until after we have matched you with that dog. You will also be required to sign our foster contract before a dog is placed.
3. What's covered by CCR?
We will supply you with any required supplies for your dog: food, treats, toys, poop bags, leash, collar/harness, crate and bed (if needed and in our current supplies). We also cover any vetting needed. All dogs are fully vetted before entering fosters' homes. However, any vetting or emergency care that results from the negligence of a foster will be the foster's responsibility.
4. Will I be supported through my fostering experience?
Of course! We work with several different trainers, and while they may not always be able to provide one on one support, they provide us with pamphlets and training tips to help ease transition for dogs who may have never known love. Our foster manager is an email away, and she checks it frequently! We want the foster experience to be a fun and rewarding time for all involved.
5. I have a cat. Will that be a problem?
Having a cat is not a deterrent for us to place a dog. We make sure the dog is compatible by either having them previously cat tested and/or being present for the cat test between your cat and dog. If we can't be there in person, we provide you with the tools to assess the situation yourself, along with tips to keep both animals safe.
6. How long should I expect a dog to stay with me?
We aim for a turn around time of approximately 2-4 weeks in foster care. It helps to iron out some basic training and get the dog settled in their environment. We aim for that time period so that the dog doesn't become too attached to the foster home and have a hard time adjusting to their forever home. It's entirely dependent on interest in the pup, so go ahead and post your dog on social media- just make sure to direct any interested applicants back to us. It's important that we facilitate any and all adoptions.
7. I am interested in adopting my foster. Is that possible?
Yes! We love #fosterfails. However, we ask that you decide early on, as once we receive great applications for the dog in your care, we will pursue them. If you decided to foster because it is not a good time for adoption, or financial constraints cannot allow you to adopt a dog, we keep that in mind when making final decisions on adopters. Every time a foster adopts, we lose that foster and therefore have to work hard to find more homes, so if at all possible try not to get caught up in those puppy eyes and continue to foster a few more times!
8. Are there any other commitments associated with fostering?
Yes! We ask that you bring your dog to adoption events in order to stir up interest! We have discovered that more adoption applications come in from meeting a dog first hand than seeing a photo on social media. So it's imperative that you arrange to bring your pup to these events. They are located at various Toronto pet stores, and always on weekends because we know the TTC struggle all too well (animals are allowed all day Saturday and Sunday on the TTC, rejoice!). Also we ask that if vet appointments are required you arrange to bring your pup to those appointments. We will make them with your schedule in mind.
9. Do I have a say in who I feel is the best applicant for my foster dog?
Yes! You know the dog better than we do, so your input around meet and greets and impressions of applicants is important when deciding on an applicant. However, we know more about the adopters based on references, home visit and their applications, so please be accepting of our decisions.
10. Can I keep in contact with adopters after the adoption is complete?
If they have no problem with it, neither do we! However, in order to integrate into a new home, visits with fosters should only occur at least a week or two after adoption- not before. The visits should not be too frequent either as your former foster needs time to build a relationship with their new family, and your presence can be distracting.