First, let us say “Welcome, New Foster Parents” to Schnauzer Savers Rescue, Inc. 😉
We appreciate your wanting to help our rescue by fostering these precious Schnauzers and other non-shed breeds. Below, you will find guidelines for fostering. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Thank you again and WELCOME !!!!!
Where Do Foster Schnauzers and Non-shed Breeds Come From?
Foster dogs come from numerous places but the 4 most common ones are: Animal Shelters, Owner Surrender, found strays, and other rescue groups who wish for their rescue dog to go to a breed specific rescue. We try to have fosters in all areas of the state, but that is not always possible. If a dog needs to be pulled from the shelter in your area, we may ask you to do this. If there is an Owner Surrender in your area, we will ask you to contact them to make arrangements to get the animal. We try to keep it limited to your area, but there may be times when we ask if you can drive and meet someone to pick up a foster.
What If The Foster Does Not Get Along With My Own Dog?
If for some reason the foster you have is not getting along with your dog/dogs, then we will try to move them to another foster home close to you. We will let you and the new foster home work out the transportation issues unless it is a very long distance, in which case, please speak with Angie email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vetting Your Foster
Vetting consists of 6 standard things:
- Thorough exam
- Heartworm test
- Fecal to test for parasites
- Rabies /Vaccines/Bordetella
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Dental, if needed
We strive to have all testing done at the time of receipt of the dog into rescue.
If the foster dog you receive has other medical issues, needs a dental and spay or neuter, we will work with you to schedule these surgeries.
We request that you speak with your vet and any others in your area to see if they would be willing to work with SSR by discounting their fees (501(c)(3) non-profit approval letter provided) and if so, what prices they would be willing to give us on the above mentioned services or any other medical expense that may be incurred. We will compare those prices to other vets we use but we may not have a choice if that is the closest vet to you. Ideally, we will not have to spend a lot on the majority of our dogs which offsets the cost of the dogs we take in that do require surgery or a lot of vetting.
SSR prefers to pay for our services at the time of each visit. All vet appointments are to have prior authorization from SSR. We prefer to pay for the treatments over the phone by Credit Card. Please have vet contact Angie once procedures are completed to garner reports and submit payment.
Some fosters homes choose to pay for some things themselves in order to have a charitable deduction for their taxes, but the only thing we ask the foster home to pay for is food and maybe a grooming, if possible. If the dog has to be on a Prescription food, SSR would cover the cost.
What Does The Foster Parent Pay For?
Daily food and care for the foster. We ask if you are able to pay for a grooming or two. If you are not able to provide the grooming, please let Angie know ahead of time before you take them to the groomers.
How Do I Get My Foster Dog Adopted?
After you foster a dog for a short time and learn their needs and their personalities, we rely on you to inform us as to what you feel would be the best fit for that particular dog. We always try to find the most perfect match, but sometimes that is not always possible. Filling out the evaluation form for each dog is imperative to us finding the right fit. We tend to foster our dogs longer than other rescues, but we also do not have very many dogs returned, which is our goal.
When you get your foster and have a handle on what type of home would best fill that dog’s needs, it would be great if you would write a short biography about the foster including name, age, weight, all vetting, house training, crate training, leash training, good with cats, other dogs, kids, and email that along with 4 excellent photos of the dog including one close up face shot, one sitting shot, one standing from the side and one sitting from the side.
All applications, personal and vet references are reviewed as they are received. After SSR has spoken with the applicants and a video or home visit is complete, SSR will contact you and discuss the potential adopter as to their suitability for your foster dog. Once you have shared your impressions with us, we will make the decision as to whether they are the home we want to adopt the dog. At that time, SSR will contact them to inform them of our decision.
Our e-mail address will be listed on the Adopt-A-Pet page of the foster dog. Please remember that every person is a potential candidate to adopt a dog or to become a foster home. Your contact with people is a vital part of how we obtain applications. Every e-mail is important as we get many applications and foster homes this way. If you speak with the person and like them, then see if they want to be a foster home. Word of mouth, previous adoptions and the website are how we get our applications.
Thank you again so much for being a foster home for Schnauzer Savers Rescue, Inc. Without Foster Homes, we could not find these wonderful dogs their forever homes. We appreciate everything you do and look forward to having you as part of our rescue. With all of us working together, we can help these rescued dogs find the loving home they deserve.
Application Instructions: Please complete all questions on this form, so we may find out more about you and your family. If the question does not apply, please answer with N/A. Incomplete applications will not be considered.