ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A FOSTER?

All foster applicants must be 21 years of age and live within our adoption area- which includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

HOW LONG IS A FOSTER COMMITMENT?

The average length of stay for a HIPster is approximately 2-3 weeks, but that can vary depending on the dog’s age, breed, size, etc. When you agree to foster a dog with HIP, you commit until its forever home is found. Though much depends on you, this could be days, weeks, months, or even years. If you have a time constraint (for example, you can only foster for three weeks), please let us know as soon as possible so we can accommodate and ensure we have another foster home for the pup. Please let your foster coordinator know if you need to take a break from fostering for some time. We know this is a tough job!

WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?

All foster parents are invited to join our private Facebook group, a wonderful community where you can share photos and experiences and ask advice from seasoned foster parents. You will receive our comprehensive foster manual after completing our online orientation and application process.

WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO PROVIDE?

We ask that you provide food, water, shelter, walks, basic training (and love!), but you are not responsible for medical care costs. You can help your foster dog get off to the right start by teaching and implementing acceptable manners – house training, walking on a leash, deterring jumping, mouthing, barking, chewing, etc. We also ask that fosters provide photos and updated information to keep our dogs’ bios accurate (this is integral to making their adoption process the best it can be). 

DO YOU COVER VET BILLS?

Hounds in Pounds covers all essential vet costs for our dogs, and we have several vet partners who work with us to provide them with the best possible care. If you are fostering and have a question about medical care, please contact our Foster Coordinator immediately. 

DOES MY FOSTER DOG HAVE TO BE CRATED?

Your foster dog will always be crated inside when you are not home or unsupervised. This is for the health and safety of your foster dog and other pets who may be in the house and for the protection of your home. You are responsible for supervising your foster dog when it is not in the safety of a crate. 

Regardless of how well-behaved or friendly your foster dog may be, it should NEVER be left alone unsupervised with other pets or children.

 If you have a multi-dog household, please always supervise dogs when toys or treats are available – even some of the friendliest dogs don’t like to share! Your foster dog should also never be left outside alone or with other dogs. We do NOT allow our foster dogs to play at dog parks for safety and health reasons. Remember: Do not set your foster dog up for failure; always set your foster dog up for success!

HAS MY FOSTER DOG SEEN A VET?

Every dog has been fully vetted, spayed/neutered, dewormed, and chipped. HIP dogs come from animal control facilities or other environments where they commonly contract “kennel cough” or other illnesses.  Dogs from our vet’s office are quarantined with our vet for at least ten days. 

However, they are with other unknown dogs on transport, and because of this, you may be required to keep your foster dog quarantined – meaning utterly separate from any other animals in your home – for 10-14 days. Though kennel cough is easily treated with antibiotics, it is highly contagious. If you fail to adhere to this quarantine period and your pet(s) contract kennel cough, HIP will not be liable or responsible for treating your pets.

DO I GET TO CHOOSE MY FOSTER DOG?

Our team strategically matches you with a foster dog based on your application. We consider your age/breed/size preference before matching you with a dog. Our ultimate goal is to find the best foster home for our dogs. If you refuse three consecutive foster dog offers in 6 months, we will remove you from our active foster roster.

I ALREADY HAVE A DOG. CAN I STILL FOSTER?

Yes, you can still foster if you have a resident dog as long as your dog is updated on vaccines and is altered. You won’t be able to meet your foster dog in advance, but Hounds in Pounds will always make a conscious effort to match you with a foster that we feel you and your dog could do well with. Our team will help you take all necessary steps to ensure you and the dogs stay safe and comfortable.

CAN I ADOPT MY FOSTER DOG?

We do not offer foster-to-adopt specifically, except in extremely rare behavioral or medical cases. To help ensure that new foster families are joining our foster care program for the right reasons and to help protect the stability of our program, Hounds in Pounds has a firm policy prohibiting NEW foster families from adopting our dogs.  We don’t have a physical shelter, and our foster homes are integral to the rescue process! We want to ensure that new volunteers become foster families to help save dogs in general rather than just adopting. 

Foster families who have successfully fostered three dogs up until adoption can be eligible to adopt a future HIPster.  If you are ultimately interested in adopting, we encourage you to go through the process to adopt and keep your eye out for your ideal pup, as you will not be able to pick out your foster dog.

CAN MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR NEIGHBORS ADOPT MY FOSTER DOG?

If someone you know is interested in adopting your foster dog, please direct them to our website and encourage them to apply for pre-approved adoption. Please note that our Adoptions Team cannot expedite applications for friends or family of our fosters. Because our application process takes time, the dog may be adopted before your friend or family member is approved to adopt. The adoption Team will happily work with them on finding their forever dog!

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