- “I’d love to help, but I couldn’t possibly foster a dog, I’d get too attached and wouldn’t want to give it up”
- If you are thinking this, you are not alone. We hear it often from families thinking about fostering for the first time.
- Yet, when we speak to foster moms and dads who have been fostering for a while they tell us: “I’m so glad I can help by fostering; it’s such a rewarding and positive experience for the whole family”
- These families have learned that, yes, it can be a little sad when the dog you have cared for leaves, but that sadness is outweighed by a feeling of happiness that your dog is finally getting that wonderful forever home he truly deserves. YOU made this possible for him by being his stepping stone from his old life to his new life; what a selfless and loving commitment you have made.
- So, please don’t allow worrying about letting go stop you from fostering; we know you will be fine and that you will come to realize that fostering is “all about the dog”. You CAN do it!
- What is fostering?
- Very simply, fostering is caring for a dog, in your home, until he or she is adopted into a “forever home”.
- How would I choose a foster dog?
- You probably already have an idea of the type of dog that would do well in your home, maybe a big dog that likes to lounge around, or a small dog that loves to play with other dogs, or perhaps a medium sized dog that likes to go hiking? We have all sorts of dogs with all sorts of personalities and characteristics and we will help you choose a foster dog that will fit well with your home, family, pets and lifestyle. Depending upon what history we have on a dog we may have a lot or a little information to share with you, but we will always do our best to try to make your fostering experience a positive one.
- How long will I have my foster dog?
- We’d like to say only for a very short time because all our dogs find their forever homes really fast, and it does work that way often, but not always. The length of time a dog stays with you could be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks or possibly months. We do ask that whenever possible you continue to foster a dog until it adopts.
- What if I’m not sure about fostering - do you have temporary fostering?
- The majority of our dogs need regular fostering in your home until they adopt. However, we do sometimes have short-term, temporary fostering opportunities. Temporary fostering is when you care for a foster dog for a limited time while his or her regular foster family is out of town. This could be for a weekend or a couple of weeks and then when the regular foster family is back in town your fostering commitment finishes….until you take another foster dog into your homeJ
- Is fostering expensive?
- Not at all, there is no cost to you in fostering. Mostly Mutts pays all vetting costs, supplies heartworm preventative, and is happy to supply flea treatments and food. We can lend equipment such as crates and playpens. All you need supply is TLC.
- Will I have an easy-going foster dog?
- We hope so, but bear in mind that all dogs need some training and will need a little time to adjust to the recent changes in their lives. Being able to give a rescue dog a safe, loving place to stay is great and we certainly do appreciate that commitment; being able to give a dog a place to stay and help that dog become more adoptable by working on training and behaviors is fantastic and we love it when our foster families are able to help in this way!
- What if I need some support?
- We have a great group of people always willing to offer support, answer questions and give advice. You will not feel alone!
- Is fostering safe for my pets at home?
- We try to place only healthy dogs into foster homes, although occasionally a foster dog may become sick. If your own pets are healthy adults and are up-to-date on their vaccinations they are unlikely to become ill. Please do check with your own vet for information on this as we want you to feel comfortable about fostering. If you have puppies, sick or immuno-compromised pets at home please let us know before fostering.
- How will my foster dog find his forever home?
- All dogs that are ready for adoption are listed online and come to our weekly adoption event. A dog ready for adoption is a dog that is spayed/neutered and healthy, and ready to find his or her forever home. Our main adoption event is held every Saturday at the Kennesaw Petsmart. Foster families drop off their foster dogs in the morning (11am) and pick them up in the afternoon (4pm), if not adopted. We also hold a twice-monthly adoption event at Ansley Mall in midtown Atlanta and some foster dogs may have the option of going there.
- Do you have puppies?
- Yes, we often have puppies needing foster homes and we love it when families can help care for our pups. Puppies may be as young as newborns with a nursing momma dog or orphaned puppies needing bottle-feeding. Young pups in a litter need to stay together until 6-8 weeks old, at which time they can move into foster homes in pairs. Some families enjoy having a litter of very young pups at home, other families prefer to wait until the pups are little older and can be fostered two at a time. If you want to help with puppies of any age we’d love to hear from you!
- Do you have dogs with special needs?
- Yes, we do sometimes have dogs with special needs. These could be blind or deaf dogs, dogs recovering from surgery or dogs undergoing a heartworm treatment, for example. It may be that these dogs need a home to relax in and recuperate for a few weeks before being ready to come to adoptions. If you are able to offer TLC to a special needs dog please let us know.
- Do you have kittens and cats?
- Yes, sometimes. Mostly we have dogs (after all, we are “Mostly Mutts”) but from time to time we have cats or kittens. If you are able to foster cats or kittens just let us know.
- Where do your dogs come from?
- Most of our dogs come from local animal control facilities, although we do sometimes take in dogs from families who are no longer able to care for their pets.
- Where are you based?
- Our shelter is in Kennesaw, our main adoption event is held in Kennesaw, and most of the vets we currently work with are in Cobb County. Our foster families live in many different locations, but we like to know they are able to transport their foster dogs to our adoption events and to our vet offices, when necessary.
I’m ready! What’s next? How do I become a foster home for Mostly Mutts?
Once these forms have been submitted we will get in touch with you to follow up.
Our fostering and adoption applications are identical, this is because foster families do sometimes adopt their foster pets, they become what we affectionately call our “failed foster families”. This is a double-edged sword for Mostly Mutts because a foster family adopting means we know a dog has found a terrific home, but it may also be how we lose a foster home!
Once your application is approved we need to conduct a brief home visit, per the GA Department of Agriculture regulations. It’s a not a big deal, and nobody is stopping by with white gloves to check for dust.
Is it fulfilling, satisfying and rewarding to be a foster family?
Yes, Yes and Yes!
So please don’t hesitate, contact Mostly Mutts right away and don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to become part of your local rescue community.