Being a Foster Parent to a Lab in need is the single 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 wonderful but not always easy. It's not entertainment for you or meant to provide fun although is can be lots of fun. Fostering a dog is selfless. Lovingly taking in that dog and assisting us in helping them become more adoptable is a true gift to that dog. In doing so, you are giving of yourself in the most generous way.
Most rescue dogs have no known history. That is a big part of being a foster - to help us learn more about the dog and provide a safe home environment prior to making the foster dog available for adoption.
Most foster dogs come from neglectful environments where they are left alone in a yard and never trained. They have usually lived outdoors, and do not know what a toy is. They may chew or destroy items because they don't know what is and what is not ok to chew. Often times these dogs are not potty trained and this is something fosters can do. It is very easy and we can tell you how to do it. It's the easiest part of hosting a new dog actually.
The fostering of a dog is more successful when at least one adult is home much of the time. If everyone in your hone works all day and you don't have another dog, the foster dog could get into quite a bit of trouble. 9 hours is a long time for a new dog to be left alone in an unfamiliar home without supervision for obvious reasons such as their safety, barking, destruction of your things, etc.
Some pairs of older dogs could be great fosters for someone who works during the day and has a very secure yard with lots of shelter and shade. Older pairs keep each other company and out of trouble.
Overall, fostering is a joy. The first day or two can be challenging, but our fosters tell us our dogs are a pleasure to have and missed when they go on to their fur-ever homes.
If you have children under age 8 at home, we cannot consider you for foster help due to circumstances beyond our control. If you have cats, we may not be able to place a foster dog with you unless we have tested them first with cats. This is to keep your children and your kitties safe.
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: