Fostering Saves Lives
Fostering is a vital part of a rescue like the Southern Cross Boston Terrier Rescue. Without Foster homes to help care for rescued dogs, we would not be able to take in as many Bostons as we do. Foster homes provide a caring environment, individual attention and socialization, while helping keep dogs out of shelters and safe from the possibility of being euthanized.
There are currently not enough foster homes to care for the many homeless Boston Terriers in the area. The Southern Cross Boston Terrier Rescue desperately needs caring people to open their hearts and their homes to Bostons in need. If you think you could be one of those people, the following Information is intended to answer some of the questions you might have.
The Reality of Fostering
Dogs in need of foster homes have often been surrendered to the rescue by owners who no longer wanted them or were unable to care for them. Many have been rescued from shelters or seized from owners or breeders who abused or neglected them. Sometimes they are in poor health. Often, the dogs are healthy and have been well cared for, but have been misplaced by circumstance.
The Rescue does its best to match foster homes with the most compatible dog possible. An application is filled out by all foster homes to determine what limits each home has. Rescue dogs almost always require training. Some have minor behavior issues or health concerns. Fostering is a commitment, but no one is ever asked to take on more than they are comfortable with.
Common behavioral issues with rescued dogs included housebreaking problems, marking, food and/or toy aggression, destructiveness, barking and jumping.
Common emotional issues include separation anxiety, neediness, fear, and shyness. We ask that foster parents treat their foster dog with as much love and compassion as they would their own. This is usually the primary need of all rescued dogs, many of whom have never know love or compassion before their foster home.
Most people have to work part or full time, including foster parents. It is possible to work full time and be a foster parent, but it does require dedication and consistency.
People with pets can still foster, provided these pets are not aggressive, of course. In fact, that is usually the case and it is a great way to provides socialization.Sometimes there is a bit of initial tension, but this can usually be alleviated by slowly introducing pets to a foster dog, and keeping their time together supervised.
The average fostering period is 4-6 weeks, sometimes less, sometimes more. There are a number of factors that affect this period, including the health, behavior, sex, and age of the dog, making it impossible to predict. Parting with a foster dog is emotional, and the first time is the hardest.The Rescue has a strong support system to help the transition for the dog from rescue to the adopter. Foster homes may Provide input on potential adopters.However, the finale decision will be made by the SCBTR board..
There will always be several people who are happy to answer questions, offer advice, and help foster parents in any way possible.
The Responsibilities of a Foster Parent
- Offering compassion and affection to a very deserving dog.
- Taking the foster dog to be examined by a designated veterinarian, and following up with any necessary treatment, medications, and/or additional visits to the veterinary facility. Expenses are to be paid by the Rescue.
- Monitoring the foster dog’s health and reporting any concerns.
- Providing quality food, clean, fresh water, toys, and bedding.
- Housebreaking when necessary – often dogs needonly a little guidance or time to adjust to a new environment.
- Reinforcing basic obedience and appropriate behavior.
- Socializing – Spending time around other pets and people when possible.
- Grooming – Bostons generally require only minimal grooming because of their short coat. Dogswith skin problems may require more rigorous grooming.
- Exercising and playing with the foster dog.
- Observing the character and behavior of the foster dog, to ensure the best possible placement and approving a permanent home.
- Preparing the foster dog for relocation to a permanent home.
The Requirements for Fostering
- Devotion to improving the life of a Boston Terrier who needs, and deserves a second chance.
- Space to keep a crate, or a room that a dog could stay in while unsupervised that can be separated from other rooms by a door or baby gate.
- Enough time each day to spend exercising, training, playing with and doting on a foster dog.
- Transportation and time to take a foster dog to the vet when it is needed.
- A big heart and the desire to make a difference in a Boston’s life.
- An application must be filled out and a home visit must be conducted
Sometimes in rescue there is a dog that we take in that has been through so much that we decide not to put them through any more stress by rehoming. These special dogs will spend the rest of their lives in their current foster home, safe and taken care of physically and emotionally. Please consider donating to these wonderful fosters.
SPECIAL NEEDS FOSTERS
These dogs enter our rescue group with more issues than routine health problems. They have issues such as being blind, deaf, or high anxiety and require additional medicines, antibiotics and surgeries. In order to get these dogs healthy enough to be adopted out we must rely on donations that can be made at Paypal. We rarely recover our adoption fees for these special dogs. The only way to keep helping them is through your donations!