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We need foster homes! 2-week fosters needed!!!

October 26, 2010

We make a serious commitment to each and every dog who comes through the county shelters and we take that commitment very seriously even when we do not have the foster space.

Jack came to us as a stray from MDAS. Without our rescue, he would have been put down.  The problem is that we only have two short-term, quarantine foster homes to cover ALL the dogs that come to us. Anyone who follows our web page and Facebook page will know that two is not enough.  Because we didn’t have a quarantine foster spot for Jack, he went from spending 5 days alone in a crate at MDAS to being alone in a crate again for 14 more days at Alton Road Animal Hospital.

This is a multiple-faceted and prolonged problem in that not only does DRSF have to pay nearly $200 for the quarantine, but Jack was becoming cage aggressive at MDAS; don’t you get a little stir crazy when you are stuck at home for too long? Well imagine if you were stuck in a single small room for 5 days!!  Prolonged exposure to confinement will only worsen his problem, possibly leading to more funds needed with to cover time with a trainer. Because of the additional cost and the stress this will put on this poor pup, this is clearly not something that we can do on any sort of regular basis.  

Please, if you have ever considered opening your home to fostering, we would love to speak with you.  Consider becoming a short-term, quarantine foster for the rescue. The dogs will stay in your home for two weeks. It’s okay if you have other pets, but we ask that you keep your animals separate. During this two-week period, you will feed, walk, and snuggle the pup while DRSF covers the cost of their medical care. We ask that you keep an eye for any health issues that pop up; the most common issues are minor, treatable conditions, but ones that we don’t want to pass on to perfectly healthy pets. Probably the most common ailment is kennel cough (bordatella), a type of puppy cold that there is a vaccine for; if you have other pets, you can vaccinate them for bordatella at a low-cost vaccine clinic (check Pet Supermarket or your vet’s office) before becoming a quarantine foster. Parasites are also common, but most pets are on parasite prevention; normally for your new rescue this will mean that you have to mix a powder into the dog’s food for 3 days.  MDAS is similar to a school–if one dog gets sick, it spreads quickly. We need our new rescues to go to a short-term home for two weeks, separate from other animals, while we make sure that they are happy, healthy, and ready to be placed in a long-term foster home.

We are happy to put you in touch with either of our quarantine families to share pointers of how they do it with their own dogs. Quarantine fostering is ideal for anyone who may travel, loves dogs but is worried about the cost, or seniors who might not otherwise be able to have a dog. It’s also perfect for those new to fostering and not sure if you are ready for a longer-term foster commitment.  DRSF pays for everything you need to help a doxie start a new life. All you need to provide is food, love, and belly rubs. 

For more information, please visit our web site’s fostering page here or feel free to drop us an email or comment.

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