Frequently Asked Questions About Fostering…

gusHow long would I have the dog?
In most cases, a dog will be in foster care between 2-4 weeks. Sometimes it can be shorter.

How will my dog get adopted? What do I have to do?
As a foster parent, you work with our Rescue Team who will pre-screen applicants. We work together to find the right match for your dog. You opinion is invaluable in that search, but you are not responsible for the decision. Dogs are listed on our website and on Petfinder and people must complete an application to be considered. Your safety and privacy are of utmost importance.

How will I know what to do with a new foster dog?
IDOG Rescue has a user-friedly and very thorough Guidelines booklet that covers most aspects of what to expect. You will also have a “lifeline” – a member of the IDOG Rescue Team will always be available to take your call and answer questions and help you through the process.

Will the foster dog be nice and clean and vet checked before it comes into my home?
Sometimes, yes, but most often no. Most of our dogs need somewhere to go straight from the shelter. They may be very stinky, matted and scared. It’s important that we have foster homes ready and willing to take them in as is, and help us to get them cleaned up and settled.

Can my own dogs catch anything from the foster dog?
If your dogs are healthy and up to date on all their vaccinations, there is little danger of them catching anything serious from your foster, however, we do require that you keep the foster dog crated and separated from your dogs until the vet has checked them out. The most likely issues will be kennel cough and intestinal worms. If you follow procedures and take recommended precautions, your dogs will not be in danger.

can-i-get-inWill I have to pay for anything?
IDOG Rescue covers the dog’s vet care and certain other expenses, according to the guidelines. In most cases, we can pay the vet directly over the phone, but you must work with the Rescue Manager on all expenses.

What if I want to pay for some things?
That’s wonderful! But we like you to still let us know what you have spent so we can give you a tax receipt for your donation.

I really want to adopt – will signing up to foster allow me to “try before I buy?”
While it does sometimes happen that a foster home adopts the dog in their care, we really prefer that the foster application is used only where people want to help us by fostering on an ongoing basis. If adoption is your main aim, please complete an adoption application.

Please email us with any other questions.

Are you interested in applying to foster an IDOG rescue? Find our application below.

Foster Application