What is a foster home?
A foster home is a temporary home for pets on our adoptable dog list while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide home, food, care, and love.
Why foster a dog?
- For the dogs: For the dogs who get a chance to live in a home, they will no longer be involved in competition for limited resources, like attention, space, and food. With the positive experience living with humans, they will be more relaxed, confident and are more likely to trust themselves and the others. Dogs being fostered have higher chance to find a permanent home than staying in shelter.
- For fosterers: Temporally ownership allows flexibility of caring for a companion animal without lifelong commitment. You will learn the care procedure and prepare for the future real ownership while having the affection and love of a companion animal in your family.
- For Pack: The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them. With more support from foster family, Pack will have more space and time for better quality caring for disadvantaged dogs and for high value programs like adoption and dog behavior education.
How long do I keep a foster dog?
We ask that you keep your foster dog until adoption, but we require a minimum 2 month commitment. We are unable to predict how long it will take for your foster dog to be adopted as it is case specific. Adult dogs can take 2-3 months and sometimes longer.
What’s the requirement to become a fosterer?
- 20 years old or above
- Full or part-time employed or have sufficient financial resources to take care of the fostered animal.
- For Taiwanese, male has to finish military service first.
- At least able to foster the animal for 2 – 6 months.
- Already have agreement from family / roommate and landlord.
What does Pack provide to its fosterer?
- A basic dog training program provided by positive reinforcement dog trainer
- Behavioral, medical, and general assistance with caring for your foster dog
- Certain supplies like crates, collars, and leashes (as available)
- Dog sitters for when you go out of town
- All medical care for the dog as deemed appropriate by our Medical Team at TienMu
- Help with marketing the dog for adoption
What are the responsibilities for a foster?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, toys/enrichment, and shelter
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and report to PACK regularly
- Transport to/from any necessary appointments to adoption event or at our Medical Clinic (Or make appointment with Pack 3 days in advance)
- Actively participate in marketing your foster dog : taking photos and videos and show off on social media
- Screen and meet with potential adopters; be responsive and courteous towards each potential adopter
How do I apply to become a fosterer?
- Fill out the application form. http://bit.ly/packfoster
- PACK will contact you and negotiate a date for you to meet the dogs.
- Choose a dog and a date to do a home check.
- We need to make sure your home is a safe environment.
- Start the Foster.
What if I fall in love with the dog I foster?
Foster families have the priority to adopt the dog, yet the decision needs to be made before a qualified adopter applies.