A Lesson on Fostering Dogs Part II: Questions to Ask

Welcome back to our series on fostering dogs! In this series we’re going to discuss what it’s like to foster/adopt dogs. Follow along for lots of stories, tips/tricks, and things I’ve learned in my experience. You can read part one here.

So, you’ve found a rescue group/shelter that you want to work with. Great! While each rescue group will have its own process for fostering and adopting, it’s a good idea to come into the conversation with some questions in mind. Here’s a list of questions worth asking while you’re starting the process:

  • What are the expected timelines for fostering or adopting? Is there a waiting period before you can be matched with a dog?
  • How long can you expect to foster before you can adopt?
  • How long does the matching process take?
  • What is involved in the matching process?
  • Who should you contact if there’s an emergency? Who is responsible for paying emergency vet visits? Are there specific veterinary hospitals the rescue group prefers?
  • What expenses are foster families responsible for? Who is responsible for paying for various necessities for the dog? (Think of things like: food, toys, vet visits, medications, heart-worm prevention, flea treatment, grooming, or boarding)
  • What should you do if you have to travel while you’re fostering? Does the rescue have a resource for foster families who have to travel out of town?
  • How will the rescue group get in contact with the family about where they are in the process?
  • What fees are involved with the adoption process? Are foster families expected to pay an adoption fee?

I hope this list is helpful for you on your journey towards fostering dogs! Comment below if you’ve gone through this process and what questions you wish you asked before you started. Also, subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of new blog posts as they come out!

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