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As an all volunteer based organization, Rescued 'n Ready is always looking for special people with the space, time and heart to share their home with a pet waiting to be adopted.
Why are pets in foster care?
Internationally recognized animal behaviorist Roger Abrantes says THE MOST IMPORTANT training for any rescued animal is socialization. This means becoming comfortable with human society.
Foster families provide a safe home with attention, structure, good food and shelter. Pets learn (or re-learn) that noises, voices, moving bodies and other pets are normal, not to be feared, and can be fun to play with. Pets are held and petted, accept food/treats from hands, and show their own personalities in a safe environment while learning or re-learning basic "family rules"
Many times little is known about a rescued pet. Pets are evaluated for general behavior at the time they come to rescue. Those coming from a home environment may go directly into foster care with data about food, likes, and issues (such as chasing small animals). Strays or shelter rescues are generally boarded at the vet while being checked out and vaccinated. The receiving foster family will receive little personality information.
What is involved in being a foster parent?
Foster applicants complete an application describing their household to help match appropriate foster pets with their family. Foster families should identify their limitations for size, energy levels, and challenges. For example, a dog with little socialization generally needs to have another adult dog in the home to model behavior.
Provide a safe, loving, patient, appropriate environment for your foster pet, including the use of positive discipline techniques.
Provide supervision of your foster pet around other pets and children.
Communicate promptly with RnRAF about any behavior or health concerns, fostering or training questions, or related matters.
Share personality information about your foster pet to facilitate an appropriate match with an adoptive family.
Arrange transportation for your foster pet to/from adoption events, meet-ups with prospective adopters, and to veterinary appointments as needed.
For foster dogs, a fenced yard is required. Apartment dwellers are considered on a case-by-case basis.
RnRAF provides supplies, food and equipment such as kennels. You will have a foster mentor to call any time you have a question. RnRAF pays for all medical care for the foster pet at our contracted facility.
RnRAF provides alternate housing when foster parents travel out of town. Advance notice is needed, especially during holiday seasons.
Why foster? Our foster families share some thoughts
"I am saving a life."
"I enjoy helping 'unwanted' dogs find their forever homes."
I like the excitement of getting a new dog without the long-term commitment."
"I like learning about the different breeds and personalities."
"Seeing an animal come to me in poor health or untrained, watching it progress and blossom and change. Having the adoptive parents hug me and thank me for taking care of their new baby for them."
"An acquaintance travelled irregularly for extended periods. He fostered while he was in town because he loved dogs but could not have one all the time."