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​LFAR policy when an applicant applies to  strictly  foster as opposed to applying to fostering to adopt  is that the first foster dog is not adoptable to the foster family.

Who should foster?

  • Fostering a dog is an adventure! Whether you go into fostering with anticipation or dread depends on your point of view. Fostering IS NOT for everyone. It can be exhilarating, rewarding, exhausting and heart rendering all at the same time.

  • Timeframe for fostering: Weeks-months 

  • Things that impact a dog finding their forever homes: 

    • We hold both fosters & potential adopters to very high standards of vet care. 

    • Vet care or basic training necessary to be considered adoptable 

    • Potential adopters lifestyle, persons in the home,needs of both pets in the home and foster dogs

  • Giant breed dogs as a whole take far longer to find proper homes when adopted directly from shelters as well.

  • Foster homes must meet the same requirements as adoptive homes. A potential foster must submit an application. LFAR will contact the veterinary references, personal reference and do a home visit. All other animals in the foster home must be on heartworm preventative and up to date on vaccinations. We prefer that foster homes have a fenced area/yard for the dog’s safety and comfort.

  • Drive to vet of our choosing which can often be within an hour drive. We have contracts with vets in most of our regular areas

Who should NOT foster?

  • Those who are torn between fostering and adopting. While many foster homes do end up adopting a dog, it is very important to remember that fostering is not a “try one on for size” activity. In the event that a foster home does adopt a dog, the family makes the same adoption donation as anyone else. Fostering is strictly for those who wish to assist “the cause” and feel that they have the time, space, and dedication to do so and do it well.

  • Those who cannot abide the emotional turmoil of caring for a dog and then having the dog leave when adopted.

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