Being a Foster Parent to a Lab in need is the most valuable part of rescue. Fostering a dog for a short time in your home saves that dogs life. It can be fun and rewarding and is a wonderful way to give back to the community.
Fostering a dog is not always easy. It may not provide fun or entertainment for you. In fact, fostering can be difficult, especially the first 4 days. Fostering is assisting us in helping a dog become more adoptable. In doing so, you are giving back in the most generous way.
Rescue dogs have no known history. That's one reason we foster - to learn more about the dog and provide a safe home environment prior to making the dog available for adoption.
Most foster dogs come from neglectful environments where they live outdoors in a yard and are never trained. They may chew or destroy items because they don't know what a toy is and dogs need to chew. Sometimes they are not potty trained. Potty training is easy and quick. We show you how. Its the easiest part of hosting a new dog.
If everyone in your home works all day and you don't have another dog, a foster dog will get into quite a bit of trouble and will not be safe. If you have cats, we would need to cat test the dog. These are both impedimets to fostering so require discussions.
Bonded pairs of senior dogs are great fosters for someone who works during the day and has a secure yard with shelter and shade. Pairs keep each other company and out of trouble.
Fostering is a joy. The first day or two can be a challenge, but our fosters fall in love and can't wait to get their next forster dog.
If children under age 8 live or frequent your home, you cannot foster. We take child safety very seriously. BUT you CAN help in so many other ways. We are desperate for foster pulls, transporation, vet trips and a plethora of other things. Long drives are hard for volunteers who already give so much. But driving a dog is the difference between saving its life or sending it to euthanasia. It's one of the most valuable parts of volunteering.
If you would like to help a dog become ready for their forever hone by becoming a Foster with us, please complete our foster application below. Simply copy the text of the application, paste it into the body of an e-mail, type your answers next to each questions, and send to email@example.com
Please put FOSTER APPLICATION in the subject line of your email.
Forever Fosters and Long Term Fosters
Some of our babies either cannot be adopted due to illness or age, and some may take a long time to become adoptable due to abuse or major medical condition. These sweethearts are part of our Forever Foster program and have a home with us for as long as they live or as long as they need.
Please considering helping us to care for these dogs who have no other option.
(Note: If you have children under age 8, please do not complete this application. We cannot safely put a foster dog in your home.)
Thank you for considering fostering a dog with Indi Lab Rescue. Please cut and paste the application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster parents are not permitted to adopt any of the FIRST THREE DOGS that they foster but are permitted to apply to adopt subsequent foster dogs or other dogs in foster in other homes. Please know this going into fostering as the first three dogs you foster MUST be adopted out to approved families and are not available for adoption to you. This avoids skipping the adoption line and having new fosters get attached and make the wrong decision.
If you are primarily interested in adopting a dog, please complete our adoption application because you will not be allowed to adopt any of your first three fosters (although you would still be able to adopt another dog from us).
Do you agree that you will not attempt to adopt any of your first three foster dogs?
Are you over 21 years of age?
hours away from home:
Spouses hours away from home:
COMPLETE address including zip code:
Do you rent or own your home:
If you rent, do you have permission from your landlord to have a dog?
Do you live in a house or an apartment?
If you are in an apt, townhouse, condo and work more than a five hours away from home, and do not have another dog for company, you cannot foster a dog as it is likely a new foster dog will not work out in your situation.
Do you have a secure fenced yard with a minimum of 5 ft fence?
Is your fence locked?
Do you have a gardener come? if so can you be sure the dog is inside when your gardener comes?
Do you have shade and shelter in your yard or do you have a doggie door?
Do you have a pool and is it fenced?
Where will you keep the foster dog when you are not home?
Where will your foster dog sleep?
Do you own a crate? In almost every foster case you will need a large wire crate to foster a dog for safety and housebreaking.
How will you correct a potty accident?
Do you want us to instruct you in how to easily housebreak your foster?:
What type of foster do you see being idea for your living situation. Thing of age, activity level, training, etc and please keep in mind most foster dogs are not well trained pets.
Is EVERYONE in your family on board with fostering a dog?
What are the sex and ages of your children or any children who visit frequently?
Is anyone in your home afraid of dogs or has anyone ever been bit by a dog?
Do you have cats? How many? Are they de-clawed? Indoor or outdoor, is there an area for them to get away from a dog?
Do you have dogs? If so please complete the following for each dog separately.
Dog 1 Name: Age: Breed: spayed or neutered? Good with other dogs? Heath concerns:
Have you had experience with any of the following?
• crate training/house breaking • obedience training or working with behavior issues • leash training • giving Medication
• bottle feeding puppies • welping a litter
Why do you want to be a foster parent?
When are you available to begin fostering?
Are you willing to foster more than one dog at a time (a bonded pair or perhaps senior easy dogs)?
Are there any types of dogs you will not foster? Any special requirements for a foster dog?
YOUR VETERINARIAN if you have one Name of Current or last Veterinarian/Animal Hospital Contact info Will you allow your vet permission to speak with us as a reference?
How did you find out about us?
Do you agree to allow us to visit your home by appointment as part of our volunteer application process? If you are also planning to adopt in the future after your firsts 3 fosters, do you agree to do your in home adoption interview at this time as well and to pay your $20 application/home visit donation to Indi Lab Rescue.
Do you swear that all of the information you have provided in this application is true and correct?
Do you release I L R R of any liability regarding the actions of any foster dog knowing that any dog you foster has the potential to cause damage to property or to bite a human or another dog?
Do you agree that we cannot possibly know the history of any dog you foster and so we cannot predict the actions of that dog?
Do you understand and agree that the purpose of fostering a dog is precisely so we can access that dogs personality and temperament and as such, you accept the risks that come with having a strange dog in your home?
Do you agree to contact us immediately if any of the information changes?
Please list two personal references and their relationship to you: