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Secondly, our animals benefit greatly from the special love and attention you can give them. Providing a foster dog with basic training and manners will increase their adoptability. Exercise and enrichment will assist in reducing stress and encourage good behavior for our more energetic friends. Shy animals will rely on your patience, routine in the home, and careful exposure to new people and situations to help build their confidence.
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We do require resident animals to be up-to-date on vaccinations as well as spayed/neutered. We will complete a reference check with your veterinarian prior to your approval as a new foster. When applying to foster, please ensure that you speak with your vet clinic and give permission to release information to speed the application process.
Finally, if you or someone in your household is immune-compromised, consult your doctor before fostering, since working or living with animals exposes humans to zoonotic diseases.
Many times a foster parent will find a perfect match through their own network of friends, family and colleagues. The shelter greatly welcomes these referrals!
In addition to the promotion that the shelter provides, we've found that some of the best promotion is done by the foster parent. Sharing information about your foster pet with family, friends, colleagues as well as to the public through flyers and social media can be a great way to get the word out. Even walking your foster dog with an "Adopt Me" bandana or vest is a great way to gain exposure for your foster!