Hounds in Pounds is dedicated to helping local shelters by taking animals from their facilities and placing them in foster care until they can be vetted and safe homes are found. We rely on local volunteer foster families to provide the love and necessary care for these transitional animals. Fostering is the most vital and important part of this entire process. It is a very rewarding and fun experience for people who are not ready to adopt but want to help save a dog’s life. You are the critical difference between a dog making it out of the shelter and into their forever home or not- and that’s an amazing feeling. We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes. Hounds in Pounds pays for all food, supplies and medical expenses. We are always in need of foster homes, if you would like to learn more please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the attached foster application.
All fields are required. Incomplete applications will be denied.
You will hear back within 7 days, or please assume your application was not selected.
For applications selected, a vet-check will be done, then a home visit made.
Before applying to foster, please consider the following:
Vet History checks are done prior to application approval.
All current pets should be spayed/neutered and current on all vaccinations.
We are required to do home visits twice a year as part of the fostering program.
Minimal requirements for a HIP Foster include:
Providing a proper diet and feeding schedule.
Maintaining a regular grooming schedule.
Teaching and implementing acceptable manners – house training, walking on a leash, jumping, mouthing, barking, chewing, etc.
Assessing temperament to determine the best forever home including providing socialization to various environments and situations.
Transporting to vet appointments.
Attending one monthly adoption event. You are responsible for bringing a crate, water bowl & towels to adoption events for your foster dog, as well as ensuring it is wearing a secure collar and leash. Please make sure your foster dog is clean and presentable for adoptions.
Being creative and supporting all avenues for marketing including ensuring current bios and photos are provided when requested.
Following “The 2 Week Shutdown” and allowing proper decompression.
HIP dogs come from animal control facilities or other environments where they commonly contract “kennel cough” or other illnesses. Dogs coming from our vet’s office are quarantined for a minimum of 10 days with our vet however they are with unknown dogs on transport. Because of this, you may be required to keep your foster dog quarantined – meaning completely 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 own pet(s) contract kennel cough, FTTF will not be liable or responsible for treating your pets.
We may also ask you keep your foster dog separated from other pets in order to give it time to decompress. (Please read “The 2 Week Shutdown). This will reduce the dog’s anxiety in its new environment and assist with a more successful outcome when introductions are made. Always consult with us and get approval before introducing your foster dog to any owned dogs or other pets. If you do not know how to properly & safely introduce dogs, please let us know and we will gladly help you
We provide food & preventatives for your foster dog; these must be picked up at adoption events or transport. With enough notice we are able to ship directly from the retailer. With countless dogs in the rescue at any given time, we simply cannot deliver these items to each individual foster home. Please plan ahead and let us know when you are getting low on food or need preventatives for the upcoming month so we can have your items available for you to pick up or shipped out.
We believe all HIPsters are amazing, wonderful dogs. However, some may be more adoptable than others. HIP is known for taking in some challenging dogs who have been overlooked and giving them the chance they otherwise wouldn’t receive. This means some may have ‘special needs’, medical issues which necessitate more care or frequent vet visits, require behavior work or other extenuating circumstances. We will only place dogs with additional medical needs in foster homes prepared to handle those cases. WE DO NOT PUT DOGS IN HOMES WHERE THEY DO NOT BELONG.
When you agree to foster a dog with HIP, you are committing to that dog until its forever home is found. This could be days, weeks, months or even years, though much of this depends on you!
If you are signing up to foster a HIP dog, we will do our best to place a foster dog in your home who is the right fit for your family. In the event your foster dog is not working out in your home, we will try to switch it out with another foster dog already in the program, if available.
If you are requesting for HIP to assist you in rescuing a dog and have it join our program, you are required to be 100% committed to fostering that dog until it is adopted, even if the dog does not play nice with your other pets. Please take this into consideration prior to requesting to add a dog of your choosing to our program.
Your foster dog is to always be crated inside when you are not home or it is unsupervised. This is for the health and safety of your foster dog and other pets and the protection of your home. You are responsible for supervising your foster dog when it is not crated. If needed, a crate will be provided to you. This crate is property of HIP and should be treated as such. In the event you are no longer fostering, be it temporary or permanent, the crate will be returned to HIP at an adoption event or transport-this is your responsibility. HIP will not be liable for damages to items while your foster dog is unsupervised.
Regardless of how well-behaved or friendly your foster dog may be, it should NEVER be left alone unsupervised with any other pets or children. If you have a multi-dog household, please remember to 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. For safety and health reasons, we do NOT allow our foster dogs to play at dog parks. Remember: Do not set your foster dog up for failure; always set your foster dog up for success!
We do NOT permit the use of retractable leashes, for the safety of you and your foster dog. We also do not allow treats such as rawhides and questionable “jerky” type treats or stuffed toys. Antlers, marrow bones and tough Nylabones are great options for chewers! If you need a sturdy leash or treats for your foster dog, let us know and we will happily get you what you need!
Thank you for your continued support and joining us on this life-saving mission.
**Please note that when formally adopting your foster pet, you are still subject to the application process and adoption fee. Please understand that the organization has to incur significant expenses for each animal rescued, so we cannot make exceptions on the adoption fees, even for fosters.