Have you ever thought about being a foster home for Beagle Paws, but hesitated because you weren’t quite sure what you’d be getting yourself into? Well, here are a few Q&A to give you a better idea of what fostering involves.
What is fostering?
Fostering is providing a temporary home for a beagle that is waiting to be adopted into a permanent home. Foster homes help Beagle Paws save the lives of many homeless beagles.
Will fostering cost me money?
No. Beagle Paws will provide all the food and equipment necessary. You just need to provide the love and care.
Do I need my own vehicle?
It is always helpful if foster homes have access to a vehicle, so the foster family can help out with any trips to the vet, etc. But we do have volunteers that can provide transportation if needed.
How long can I expect to foster a dog?
The short answer is we don’t know. You may have your foster beagle for a week, a month or a couple of months. On average, it takes between two weeks and a month for most of our beagles to get adopted. And in the dog’s best interest, we prefer that a dog stay in the one foster home until it is adopted to a permanent home.
Do I get to choose which dog I foster?
If you have a preference for a particular dog, let us know. But we also need to consider if you need a foster dog that is good with children, other dogs, cats, etc. We do our best to match the right beagle with the right foster home.
Will the dog be housetrained?
Some of the dogs will be housetrained, others may not be. Even if the dog is housetrained, please keep in mind that a foster dog is in a new environment and might be a little stressed. A few accidents in your home should not come as a surprise. With consistent training, most dogs can be housetrained rather quickly. Feel free to talk to us if you have any concerns or need housetraining tips.
What if the dog causes damage in my home?
Unfortunately Beagle Paws does not have the resources to be responsible for any damages in your home. We will provide a dog kennel for you and strongly recommend that the dog is never left unsupervised in your home. When you go out, we recommend keeping the dog in its kennel. This is the best option for keeping both the dog and your home safe. Dogs are much more adoptable if they are kennel trained so it is a very good habit to get the dog into.
What happens if I have to go away for a few days or more while I am fostering?
No problem – we will find alternative accommodation for your foster dog during that time, but we do appreciate as much notice as possible.
Will I be involved in choosing the dog’s new owner?
We consider foster homes to be the best judge of what kind of home would best suit their foster dogs. So we would definitely appreciate your input when we screen adoption applications.