Fostering is one of the most rewarding things you can do! Every day, dogs are put down in shelters all over America because the shelter has run out of room. Fostering allows rescue groups like Rocket Dog Rescue to save more animals by placing them with temporary parents who help to rehabilitate them. By giving them a safe, loving home instead of life in a stressful shelter, fostering also allows rescue organizations the opportunity to learn more about the dog so that they can be successful in matching them up with their new forever families!
Medical care, food, and basic supplies can all be provided, all you need to bring is a little time and love. Give it a try this year!
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For as little or as long and you can! If you would like to try it for only a weekend, a week, or even a month we always have dogs looking for a place to crash. Some fosters will only do it for a few days at a time… other fosters will foster a dog as long as needed until they find a home. No commitment is too little or too much.
If you are within the Bay Area and can attend an adoption event at least twice a month, we can use you!
We rely on fosters to provide basic care for each dog which includes feeding them, walking them, giving them a safe place to sleep, teaching them basic manners, etc. Each dog is different. Some dogs will require a lot of attention (like puppies) and some dogs will not require as much.
Rocket Dog will give you the supplies-crate, food, bowls, leash, collar/harness- you need. However, since we are all volunteer led, any donations you can provide to the dog will be greatly appreciated!
Depending on the dog’s situation, you may have to transport the dog to get vaccines, surgery, etc. Rocket Dog will cover these costs. Requests for veterinary care must be approved through your foster contact. Please call or text them as soon the need arises.
Not at all! Depending on how your dog does with other dogs, this could be a wonderful opportunity to train your foster dog and build his/her confidence. However, it is important to note that while a foster dog is in your care, you must keep them separated when unattended.
It’s also important to note that as you get to know your foster dog, it is best to keep all dogs on leash until you are comfortable. When in doubt, just keep them separated and on leash.
That is not a problem at all! Please commit to taking your foster dog to at least two events a month. These are great places to meet potential adopters. We have regular Saturday events, as well as many “pop up” weekday ones, held throughout the month all over the Bay area. Check our online schedule http://www.rocketdogrescue.org/events/ and on Facebook for more information.
Reach out to the Rocket Dog Rescue community to find another foster to care for the dog while you are away.
Promote your dog via social network sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Craigslist, post fliers, etc.) Get creative in helping your foster dog find the perfect home! Provide us with a short bio and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so the dog can be added to our website!
That has happened before… you would not be the first 🙂
- Volunteer! At the next Adoption Event you can help set up, handle dogs, collect donations. You can assist in transporting dogs to events, vet appointments etc. Join our Posting Team and post our dogs and events on Social Media, Craigslist, etc! For more information visit Volunteer With Us.
- Donate! We always appreciate donations to help with our vet bills. Many companies offer a matching gift program as well.
- Share! Commit to sharing dogs looking for homes via your social network site. You never know who in your friends list is looking for a dog.
- Pledge to adopt your next dog! Contact your local shelter and local rescue organizations. Don’t breed or buy while homeless dogs die.