Amy Hendrickson wrote: If not all family members are on board - do not do it.
Amie wrote:I wouldn't either. You may not need to, but if you do, you're stuck.
Fostering kittens and cats is usually even more needed than dog fosters - is that a possibility?
Amy Hendrickson wrote:I agree with the other two. If not all family members are on board - do not do it. It requires a commitment from everyone. ALso, do not do it if you expect the dogs to get along. They may not and it's not fair to make the commitment to save a life and then turn around and take it back. I realize it happens a lot with some rescue groups but it's really not the fair thing to do to the animal. A dog generally isn't pulled from a shelter with a back up plan. The foster home is typically it and if you fail, other people have to put a dog where there was no space or return it to the shelter.
You should have the ability to separate through separate crates, living areas. They should be separate for the first week to two weeks home anyway just as the dog settles in. I have had plenty of fosters that were never integrated into the house. They lived in one part and the permanent pets lived in another.
jamielvsaustin wrote:Amy Hendrickson wrote:
Kittens are a good idea. Are there other ways to help? Could you maybe transport dogs from the shelter to a rescue, or from either of those places to a foster home? That's is equally important as fostering. All those little steps mean something too.
I could do "House calls", and that is just check the future dog/cat owner home, check if it meets the rescue requirements, if its clean, how are their other pets treated, etc"pacopoe wrote:Maybe it's the optimist in me but I'm wondering if your mom saw what a great job you did then maybe she would be more open to the idea in the future. Is there a way you could make her a deal (ie. do the dishes the whole time the foster is around, get good grades, volunteer at the shelter taking responsibility for one specific dog for a month)? I'm sympathetic because I've fostered while having, ahem, less than enthusiastic roommates but by keeping the foster pretty much under wraps (exercised well, crated or contained, cleaned up after) then the situation has always worked out.
You're in Mexico, right? What I would do, after gathering your mom's reluctant approval with your awesome deal, is be very frank with the rescue group and describe your situation so they can find a foster that will be "easy" (and also maybe create a back up plan). Whether that be a cat, another small dog, a puppy, or a very mellow older dog, I think an easy first foster will warm her up. There are no shortage of choices down there (choose a quiet, calm one!). Have everything set up to keep the foster contained and separate from your dog for at least two weeks. The goal should be having this new animal disrupt the home as little as possible.
Perhaps your mom will not budge, in which case you shouldn't push the issue, but you're young enough and responsible enough that maybe you can sway her to at least give it a fair shot and allow you to see the cycle of one full foster.
And going back to part of your original question, totally independent from the issue of if you should foster or not, but it is generally easier to foster a dog the same size and opposite sex from your own. However, with experience and proper management (containment, separation, supervision) you should be able to integrate same-sex or larger fosters but I would shoot for "easy" first.
Ilovethepits wrote:How do you feel about maybe walking/training the dogs that are living on those lots? I know you want to bring one in your house, but if that can't work I bet any training stuff would be welcome to try to get those dogs a future home.
I fostered once and kept her << (over there in my avatar) and since I have what I feel enough pets (2 dogs/2 cats) then I didn't want to foster anymore but I did attend and help at events and transport dogs to adoptions for fosters who had other things to do. It seems that everything helps.
I think, do what you can do without getting in over your head first and then add on to that.
I very much admire your enthusiasm to get involved!!
kornygerm wrote:Lil update, a girl who also volunteers at the rescue with me told me her dad is interested in one of the dogs, so i hope one of them does.
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