There is always a list of dogs waiting to come into our program. However, at times, we must turn away some dogs due to lack of space at the kennel. One way to alleviate this problem is through foster homes. Fostering a dog is an extremely important part of our rescue work and there is always a great shortage of foster homes. We need committed, caring people who can offer their home as temporary residences for our dogs until permanent homes can be found.

The best place for these dogs, during what may be the most difficult time in their life, is in a foster home. This gives the dog a sense of love, safety, socialization, nurturing, and dedicated attention while waiting for their permanent home. Not only is the dog happier, but we get to better know the dog and match them with the right person. If you have the room in your heart and home to help save a life please think about becoming a foster parent. You can start now by completing a foster application!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a foster?
A: A foster is volunteer who generously open their hearts and homes to a Doberman in need while it is awaiting adoption. They provide the dog with a safe and loving home environment.

Q: What are the responsibilities of a foster?
A: The foster’s responsibilities include feeding, exercising, socializing, grooming, reinforcing basic obedience commands, providing indoor shelter, and of course, providing love and security. The foster parent must treat the foster dog as if it were their own. You may also have to administer medicine if needed or take the dog to any necessary veterinarian appointments. You will also evaluate the dog in your care as to their personality, behaviors, health and habits. (Your evaluation will help SWODR determine the best home for him/her.) Communication between the foster parent and SWODR is also important. You must also be willing to bring the foster dog to the Rescue to meet potential adopters, or, allow potential adopters to visit your home to meet the dog. Most importantly, the foster parent must make a commitment to foster the dog until he/she is adopted, from beginning to end.

Q: How long will I foster the dog?
A: There is no time limit on foster care while we attempt to find a permanent home for the dog. Sometimes an adoption occurs within a few days, but with certain dogs, an adoption might not occur for a few months or more. We do ask that the Foster Caregiver commit to care for their foster dog until a permanent home is found.

Q: What about the foster dog’s shots, etc.?
A: The foster dog will be vet checked prior to going into the foster home. It will also be spayed/neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, had a fecal test, microchipped, on heartworm preventative and flea/tick preventative as needed.

Q: Will I have to pay for veterinary bills for my foster dog?
A: SWODR pays for the veterinary care of the foster dog.

Q: What should I do if a medical emergency arises with the foster dog?
A: If there is time, contact SWODR for advice. However, if you must act immediately, use your own judgment and do what you feel is required. If the dog seems sick, injured or in severe distress or pain, take them to a vet promptly. We do not hesitate to provide vet care to animals that need it, but there are some things we can handle ourselves without incurring the cost of a visit to the vet. We have on hand several types of medicines to treat routine problems.

Q: Will I have to pay for food for my foster dog?
A: Most foster parents prefer to provide their own food for the foster dog, but if you need assistance, food is available to foster volunteers.

Q: What other supplies will I need for the foster dog?
A: Most foster parents prefer to have their own items/equipment so that they will always have them available. SWODR will provide (on loan) nearly all supplies needed for foster care including: collars, crates, leashes, etc. However, these supplies are shared between the volunteers and often require “tracking down” before they can be reused. Therefore, you are encouraged to purchase your own reusable supplies such as crates, etc. That way you will always have them available.

Q: I already have a dog. Do I need to do anything concerning my dog before I can foster?
A: Your own dog must be up to date on vaccinations, on heartworm preventative, and on flea/tick preventative when needed, and, spayed/neutered.

Q: I have a full time job. Can I still foster?
A: Yes. Most of our foster parents work full time jobs. As long as the dog is kept safely indoors, leaving him/her home alone for up to 10 hours a day is fine.

Please contact SWODR if you need more information or fill out the foster application