Our fosters undertake this sometimes challenging commitment for a number of reasons.
Fostering improves a dog’s chance of being adopted! Most dogs pulled from shelters are strays or have been abandoned by their owners. Adopters are often hesitant to adopt such a dog. Foster homes provide the confidence that a dog can adjust to being a member of the family. Sometimes fostering is a good way to evaluate how the addition of a second dog will affect your family, and some of our fosters like to foster a number of dogs until they find one that seems to be a good fit.
The Right Fit
Most dogs stay with their foster families less than a month. We try very hard to match our dogs with the right foster family, however, if for any reason you feel your foster is not fitting in or you are unable to continue to foster him, please let us know and we will make arrangements to move him to a new foster home. Please give us 24-48 hours to put such plans in place.
Fosters have first right of refusal. However, please notify us immediately if you have any inkling you may want to adopt your foster. In most cases, even before your foster arrives, Adoption Counselors are working with applicants for the dog. We need to know if the dog becomes unavailable in order to avoid disappointing applicants who are moving forward toward adopting the dog.
Should your foster become injured or ill and you feel is in need of a vet visit, please contact NECR first. We will help determine the best course of action. All vet bills and medications are covered by NECR either by direct payment to the vet or through reimbursement to the foster.
Our rescue dogs have been through numerous transitions in the weeks and months prior to arriving. All should be considered HIGH FLIGHT RISK. The first few days and weeks are especially critical when dogs are in unfamiliar surroundings. We will provide our Safety Guidelines for new dogs for review by you and your family members.
Please follow the link below for our Foster Application: