Our foster families, like our volunteers, are a very important part of Mostly Mutts. When a foster family takes in a dog from our shelter, it frees up space to rescue another dog that would normally be euthanized. So when you help us free up a kennel, you save a life!
Mostly Mutts reibureses each foster family for a dog's food and/or medical expenses. We can also provide common supplies such as crates/kennels, food and water bowls, etc. as necessary.
A foster family can provide a temporary home for a healthy dog, rehabilitate an injured or sick dog, or care for a pregnant dog and/or her litter of puppies. One of the most important jobs of a foster family is to help socialize the dog and get it to trust people, especially if the dog has been neglected, abused, or mistreated. In some cases, a dog may need to learn how adapt to living in a house, in addition to being potty trained, leash trained, and/or crate trained.
Once you have kept a foster pet, you'll be asked to describe the dog's personality, likes, and dislikes in order to help get the dog adopted out to a great and loving family.
There are three ways you can foster:
Basic foster (most popular)You will keep the dog in your home until it is adopted, and bring it to the Saturday adoption events at PetSmart (on Barrett Parkway).
Short term foster
You will keep the dog temporarily until a more permanent foster arrangement can be found. This is needed when a dog needs to be rescued immediately or when a foster family goes on vacation and requires temporary housing for their foster dog. Average foster time is 2 weeks or less. This is a great option for people who travel too much to be a long term foster.
Long term foster This type of fostering is needed for litters of puppies and dogs recovering from heartworm or other illnesses. You will not need to come to weekly adoption events (and it is optional, once the dog is healed). Average foster time is 4 weeks or more. This is a great option of you live too far from PetSmart to drive there each week.
There is absolutely no financial obligation to foster, and it is a great way to get your dog/puppy fix without having the lifetime commitment. But who knows, the dog you foster may become your next family member!
Sign up to foster by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, phone number, and the type of foster you would like to be.