Who is responsible for the foster dog or cat while in your care?
You become their guardian and must care for them as so. We rarely know the background of the dog or cat so the level of care should always be high the first few days maybe weeks. You and you alone are responsible for the safety of your fur babies and for the safety of the foster. Just Cause can not be responsible for harm to your fur babies or any physical damage done by your foster. If your foster is harmed due to your neglect you will be responsible for their vet bills. You should be crating or watching them until you are sure your fur babies and your foster fur baby get along. Go slow with introductions. Give them time to get to know each other with you right there. Never leave alone at first and use crates when you are not there.
What does it mean to “foster” a dog?
A foster home is a home (like yours!) that provides temporary shelter, care and love for pets while they are awaiting placement in a new “forever” home. Foster pets are much more likely to have successful, life-long placements in new homes when they come from a loving foster home, than when coming directly from the shelter. You will keep your foster dog until it gets new adoptive parents.
What makes a good foster home?
If you’ve had some experience with dogs before, have a basic understanding of their needs, and a touch of common sense... you’re a good foster candidate! Our dogs are looking for a little love, walks, meals, and a safe place. If you think you can give this to a dog, you should consider fostering.
Who pays for expenses?
Just Cause will pay expenses of vet care and medicine ONLY at an approved vet, with prior approval. Foster parents should always call a Just Cause representative to get authorization. However, NEVER hold off on an emergency... but contact us ASAP. If needed we will also supply food.
What about heartworm preventative and flea and tick medication?
Just Cause will supply preventative to the fosters.
Can I choose what kind of dog I get?
In the foster application, you can tell us what kind of dog would work best for you, and what kind of dogs you’re willing to foster. We are especially in need of foster homes for larger dogs, so if this is a possibility for you, please consider doing so.
What if it doesn’t work out?
If there is a problem with your foster dog, we will move the foster dog as quickly as possible and will exchange a dog with you that is more compatible.
How long will I have my foster?
It varies, depending on the type of the fostering - the "typical" foster, "permanent" foster and "emergency" foster.
For a typical foster, younger, smaller dogs get adopted quickly... perhaps a few weeks. Larger dogs and older dogs usually take longer... in some cases, up to several months.
Can I foster more than one?
Sure – first start with one, and when you’re sure you can handle it, we’ll be happy to hand over a second (and third!).
If my foster gets adopted, will I get updates?
Yes. We try to keep the foster involved as much as possible, even after a successful adoption. Often you’ll get emails and pictures from your foster’s new parents.
But I’m afraid I’ll get too attached…
All fosters go through this. But you can reassure yourself by knowing that the dog is going to a good home, and that you are now free to save another lucky dog. Yes, there are always more dogs waiting to be fostered!
What if I fall in love with a dog and want to keep my foster pet?
You just need to notify us, and we will work with you to make it happen!