There's no question that foster programs are important to the success of Tired Dog Rescue. Even a little time with a family, away from the confined space of a kennel and the continual barking, can improve an animal's disposition. They are scared, confused and missing their family. It is best for them to be raised in a foster home with lots of love, care, and guidance. Things you should know before fostering with Tired Dog Rescue.
Time Commitment - You may be asked to foster a dog from two weeks to two months or more, depending on the circumstances. Foster parents don't need to be home 24 hours a day, but you might have to postpone that weekend getaway or family vacation if you're asked to take care of an animal for a while.
Training - You may be asked to work with a dog on some basic training and temperament issues. There's more than just feeding, exercise, and grooming involved with a foster dog. Some might need to be house trained. Others may have problems with chewing, or jumping on strangers. Foster parents may need to devote time to breaking bad habits so a dog can be socialized. If a dog has a chewing problem, make preparations in advance--don't leave shoes, clothes, or other important items around.
Nurture - You might be asked to nurse a dog back to health. It could require giving them medication at certain times of the day or perhaps bathing them periodically. If you have pets at home, you may have to keep them separated if the foster dog is contagious. Before taking in an animal that's recovering from an illness or disease, check with your vet if you have concerns about your own pets.
Foster Heart - For many foster parents, the single biggest concern is falling in love, especially if you already have pets at home. It's admirable, but as experts point out, it's not always the best thing. If you adopt a pet that you're fostering, you might have reached your limit of household pets and not be able to accept any others. That's one less foster home for us to rely on. More than one dog is too many for some people. You have to keep in mind, if I adopt this dog, can I keep on fostering?
Financial - What's the financial commitment for a family? The rescue will pay for vet visits and medications and can sometimes provide for other necessities if requested. Before becoming a foster parent, ask what your financial responsibilities will be.
Volunteers are one of the most important roles in rescue. As they say it can take a village to raise a child, well nothing is more true with out fur-babies. There are many different volunteer opportunities with our rescue, from adoption events, to community, events, special projects, fundraising, and lots more. Well are ALL volunteers here at Tired Dog Rescue and each of us commit to help raise awareness as helping all our rescue dogs! Another words we could not do rescue without them our dedicated Volunteers!
We also need transporters that would be willing to pick a dog up from the shelter and/or transport dogs to the next volunteer which will then take them to the next point. This goes on like this until the dog reaches its destination. We rescue dogs from shelters all over the USA and depend on volunteers like you to come together and make it happen. The volunteer is responsible for the safety of all animals while in their possession. The volunteer will agree to transport the animals in their own vehicle and will be responsible for all travel costs that will be incurred.
If you are not comfortable or able to drive the dogs maybe you would be like to be a coordinator. You would be responsible for mapping out the routes and finding drivers to fill each leg. You would coordinate everyone from start to finish of each transport. If interested in being a transporter or a transport coordinator please email us.
Our super duper friend Kathy Strand made these amazing bandannas for us to sell. They are wonderful and pretty much sell themselves because the quality is top notch and the designs are beautiful. If you are interested in making things for us to sell or if you are interested in buying a bandanna or two just let me know. The money made helped me get a much needed surgery.
These beautiful bandannas were made by a good friend of mine Shaunn Bahm and her mom. These are used at the Petsmart adoption days.