Some thoughts about fostering!
It's very easy to think "I could do that" without taking into account the problems which could arise..............some of the dogs needing a foster home have been with me and as such, I have a pretty good idea of what they're like..but other urgent cases may come straight from owners who haven't necessarily been entirely truthful about their little habbits. Alot of our dogs come straight from the pound, where they have NOT been assessed at all. Some of them are a complete doddle - but others may have separation anxiety which can manifest by barking, howling, soiling in the house or destructiveness.
Some may not get on with your own dogs at first, it's always best to introduce them to your dog(s) on neutral territory by firstly taking them for a walk together - a muzzle may be necessary to start off with - I will provide a crate if needed, but you will have to put in some training and TLC too.
Taking in a rescue dog is not an easy job, but if you are a boxer lover you will find it very rewarding to know that you have helped by offering a safe, comfortable haven after a very traumatic time. If you adopt you can only actually help one or two dogs but if you foster you can help many more!
There are three basic rules to settling a dog in swiftly: regular exercise, regular routine, regular meals all accompanied by loving human companionship.
We will provide 100% back up for our fosterers. Any vet bills will be covered by the rescue, in all cases, unless in an extreme emergency, fosterers MUST phone rescue first before taking the dog to the vets.
I don't want to put anyone off fostering as we desperately need fosterers in all areas but please think about it seriously before you offer as it doesn't do the dogs any good to be passed backwards and forwards over and over again.
If you feel like you can offer a foster home to a Boxer in need then please fill out the 'APPLY TO FOSTER' forms >>HERE<<.
BASIC GUIDLINES TO FOSTERING AN NRBR DOG
Each dog that we foster out is the 'PROPERTY' of NRBR. And as such anything involved with the fostered dog, be it ...
*FOOD THEY ARE TO BE ON
*WHEN YOU CAN LET THE DOG OFF THE LEAD
* FOSTERERS MUST BEABLE TO SPLIT THE FOSTER DOG FROM THEIR OWN IF A PROBLEM ARISES (CRATE OR SECTIONED OFF IN ANOTHER ROOM) NOT ALL FOSTER DOGS ARE GOING TO FIT IN AND WE CAN'T BE EXPECTED TO COLLECT THE FOSTER DOG AT A MOMENTS NOTICE
*AND MORE IMPORTANTLY - DOGS ARE NOT TO BE ADVERTISED BY FOSTERERS IN THE LOCAL RAG/ PETS AT HOME/THE INTERNET/ LOOT ETC WITHOUT RUNNING THIS BY THE RESCUE AS OUR DOGS ARE ADVERTISED ON RESCUE SITES ONLY
When WE ask to book a dog in the vets for vaccinations,
If a dog comes to you as an urgent foster than you must sign a foster agreement ASAP and send back to NRBR (you can get one of these of any member of our team) This not only backs us up, but it covers you too.
If a family falls for/wants to rehome one of their foster dogs, this is NOT a given !! We have a list of potential new homes awaiting dogs and it's unfair for them to be put at the back of the queue. Otherwise fostering could be seen as a fast lane to adopting.
We ask all fosterers to make it as comfortable as possible when a new potential owner visits/collects the dog. New owners don't want to be greeted by a teary foster mum reluctant to let the dogs go, as hard as it is this looks bad on us and is very uncomfortable for the potential new owners.
Fosterers must realise that the time scale in fostering one dog might not necessarily short term, there's no point in offering to foster for us if the fosterer is pushing us to rehome the dog quickly as we need to take time to assess and choose the right home for that dog when he/she is settled down as much as possible and ready to rehome, some dogs take alot longer than others to re-adjust, depending on their previous circumstances.
Fosterers are an asset to us and very valuable, without fosterers spread around the country we would have great difficulty in taking on lots of these dogs and the only other alternative is to use kennels which we don't believe in doing as we can't assess the dog properly and Boxers don't do well in kennels.
To all our foster familys - The work you do on looking after the dogs and assessing them is brilliant !!
PLEASE DO NOT OFFER TO FOSTER ONE OF OUR DOGS IF .....
* YOU CANNOT SEPARATE FROM ANY CURRENT FAMILY DOGS.
* IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A QUICK WAY TO ADOPT A DOG - FOSTERING AN NRBR DOG DOES NOT OFFER YOU FIRST REFUSAL ON THAT DOG AS WE HAVE A WAITING LIST
* PLEASE DON'T OFFER TO FOSTER IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO GIVE THE DOG TIME TO ADJUST TO HIS/HER NEW SURROUNDINGS. MOVING A RESCUE DOG FROM PLACE TO PLACE IS NOT FAIR ON THE DOG AND MAY CAUSE A GREAT DEAL OF STRESS ON THE DOG, MOST RESCUE DOGS HAVE BEEN MESSED AROUND ENOUGH ALREADY, THEY MAY NEED LONGER TO SETTLE THAN YOUR AVERAGE DOG - ALL THEY NEED IS TO FEEL SECURE, LOVED AND FED.