HOW AM I MATCHED WITH MY FOSTER DOG?
Learn more about Our Foster Matching Process here.
WILL MY FOSTER BE HOUSE-TRAINED, CRATE-TRAINED, ETC?
The truth is, we just don’t know! It’s impossible to test this out in a shelter environment, so it’s important to be comfortable with a bit of uncertainty before bringing your foster pup home. Remember, your Foster Buddy will be there every step of the way to guide you through any questions and to point you in the direction of appropriate resources you might need.
WHAT SUPPLIES SHOULD I HAVE ON HAND? CAN I BORROW THEM?
You should have a crate, grain free food, treats, toys, and pee pads or poop bags on hand when you foster a dog. You can borrow any of these supplies from us, as well as things like baby gates, playpens, food/water bowls, bedding, etc. while supplies last. While you can keep any food, treats, toys, or poop bag/pee pads that we give you, we ask that you return any other supplies you are lent within a week after your foster has been adopted so that we can use these supplies for future pups. Supplies can be returned to us weekly at transport or to any adoption event. Failure to return supplies in a timely manner may result in termination of your foster relationship and reimbursement of cost from you. Check out our Foster Shopping List.
WHEN WILL MY FOSTER DOG BE ADOPTED?
The average length of stay for a HIPster is approximately 2-3 weeks, but that can vary depending on factors like age, breed, size, etc. 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 have a time constraint (for example, you can only foster for 3 weeks), please let us know as far in advance as possible so that we can accommodate and make sure we have another foster home for the pup.
WHAT SORT OF VET CARE WILL MY FOSTER DOG NEED? WHO PAYS FOR IT?
We can’t always predict what care a dog may need, but there are some things that most, if not all, of our pups receive while in foster care. This includes basic oral medications that they will receive at home, including dewormers, monthly preventatives, and antibiotics. All veterinary care must be approved by Hounds in Pounds staff. Unapproved veterinary appointments will not be paid for by Hounds in Pounds.