Fostering Questionnaire and Process

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Fostering Questionnaire and Process

Post by Rescue Remedies » Sat May 31, 2014 6:25 pm

If you are considering fostering, please be aware that we will usually offer a dog who will match your experience and circumstances. We do not foster out specific dogs upon request.

Please complete our online Fostering Questionnaire. It is always the first step in our fostering process.

Please Note:
We do not place dogs in homes with unneutered pets. Nor can we pay people to foster our dogs. If you offer a foster place, it must come from the heart, in support of our dogs. We ask you not to take risks with our dogs. None of our dogs should come off lead as our insurance does not cover off-lead dogs. We ask you to move forwards very slowly, building trust and confidence, so the dog receives positive reinforcement, and proceeds with success, with a 'good dog!' shaping their every move. Please do not judge our dogs within the first 48 hours. They need time to settle.

Our Fostering Agreement contains our philosophy and baseline rules:

During the period of fostering, The dog shall remain the legal property and responsibility of Rescue Remedies / TerrierRescue / StaffieRescue (referred hereafter as RR). The fosterer cannot rehome the dog without the express authority of an RR representative. The dog shall live within the household and not be kept outside or in an outbuilding.

The Fosterer will:
• Only be responsible for seeking vet treatment for our dog after gaining the express permission of a senior representative of RR. RR can, where necessary, bring the dog back into care to arrange our vet’s assessment and guidance on treatment. If we are not consulted, we will not be responsible for any vet costs.

• Allow RR to call any time to check on the well-being and care of our dog.

• Maintain a suitable exercise and training programme appropriate to the needs of our dog, and related to our approach and guidance.

• Keep to the dog's Rescue name, ideally not in an abbreviated form, so the potential owners have the choice to keep to the dog's Rescue name or THEY may change it in due course after homing.

• Be involved in considering the suitability of potential homes for our dog in their care, but must not reject these homes without good reason.

• Accept that if they ask to adopt our dog, and both parties agree, they will be treated as any other homing candidate, with minimum donation and signature of adoption papers.

• Return our dog, once suitable arrangements can be made, if the foster placement is not working out.

• Agree to cover day to day costs as are outlined in the Table provided on signing the fostering agreement, and as discussed between the two parties.

Rescue Remedies will:
• Assess the dog's temperament and needs to the best of RR's ability, to ensure its suitability to be placed in a foster home.

• Cover expenses for their dog while in foster, agreed between both parties. For example, vet bills with our own vet.

• Offer timely support and advice on issues, and take the dog back without due delay upon request.

• Actively look for a suitable forever home for their dog, from the beginning of its period in foster care.

• Ensure their dogs receive vaccinations, and are neutered and chipped (where old enough) before or during the foster placement. Worming and flea treatment will occur as appropriate.

The Fosterer hereby irrevocably understands and authorises the dog will and can be removed from their care if RR believes the terms of the contract are not being reasonably followed.

RR are happy to consider a trial adoption when circumstances are complex, but ideally RR imposes a one week period, during which the Fosterer should make the decision whether or not to adopt the dog.

Both parties agree to abide by the contract stated here, as well as the financial/vet responsibilities agreed. Both parties agree to treat each other with due respect, understanding that rescuing a dog can cause stress for all involved.

Liaison on fostering issues:
Our communication and support is mainly through our Forum, and emails will also keep us informed. Update your foster dog's Forum thread regularly, filtering issues with us which need more work, so their thread remains simple and relevant.

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Re: Fostering Questionnaire and Process

Post by xxlynne » Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:47 pm

Please, any family thinking of fostering for the first time, or coming back to us to help one of our homeless dogs: open your heart, and allow us to suggest the right dog for your circumstances. If you can foster, be open: this is the best way to support our dogs and our Rescue.

Our gratitude, as ever, to all our fosterers who have supported our foster dogs long term whilst we search for the right home for each of them.

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