FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FOSTERING
Nothing in rescue work is more important than providing a foster home for our adoptive bassets, so please consider opening your heart to provide temporary housing for a needy hound. It’s probably the most challenging job in the organization, but also the most rewarding. You’re giving each dog you foster another chance at having a happy life, starting with you. Not everyone can say that they made a difference in a dog’s life AND also in the lives of the people who adopt them. Some typical questions we get from new or prospective fosters are.
Question: What is the process to become a foster home?
Answer:First you need to submit a foster application, using the Foster Application link to the left. The process is much the same as being approved to adopt a hound. Once your application is processed, a HHBR Volunteer will arrange for a home visit, just as we do for prospective adopters. The purpose of the home visit is to get to know you face to face and answer any questions you have about fostering. We hope to launch a long lasting relationship with you, so we feel it is a good way to get to know you, and vice versa!
Question: What kind of requirements are there to become a foster home?
Answer:We look for a loving, dog friendly place where a Basset Hound will be nurtured and cared for. Chances are if you already own a Basset Hound, your home will do just fine. If you are just entering the world of basset hounds, we will help you make sure that your home is basset friendly and safe. We do not insist on fenced yards or that someone is home all day, although these assets would be great. Dogs will be placed in all sorts of home situations, and it only makes sense that their foster home is just a 'normal' environment!
Question: How much notice will we have of a new foster coming into our home?
Answer:Since HHBR is still a very small rescue our intaking is still relatively calm. HHBR follows a very strict belief of having the hound vetted completely BEFORE placing the hound into a foster or adoptive home. This is our way of making sure the hound is healthy & free of all communicable diseases. Our average notice is around 3-7 days depending on the health of the hound needing a foster space.
Question: What do you do when you can't find a foster?
Answer: HHBR prides itself on being a rescue that does not rely on boarding facilities, not that we think they are bad, we simply can not afford to board hounds while waiting for a possible foster home to open. We are a strictly foster home based rescue. If HHBR can not secure a foster home for the hound needing rescue we simply can not help the hound & will try our darndest to network the hounds need o rescue to other rescues/rescuers in the area. This is why foster homes are critical.
Question: How long will I have a foster dog in my house?
Answer: It varies. Young, adoptable hounds get placed quite quickly, so it could be just days or weeks. Some hounds are sick and need to recuperate, undergo vet visits, treatment etc. and may not be made available until they are healthy. That could take longer. Older hounds are more difficult to find homes for, so they may be with you several months. Owner surrender dogs don't always require a behavior assessment, but some shelter dogs (where the background may not be known) need a longer assessment period before we can post them as available for adoption. If you are fostering a dog for us, and you have a crisis, we will do what we can to find a new foster home as soon as possible, so you do not have to foster any longer than you want to. We prefer not to move the dogs too often, as this just perpetuates their confusion, but we understand that you have a life as well! Also, if the dog is not a good fit for your household, we will also remove the dog for you and find you (hopefully) another.
Question: What do I need to provide for a foster hound?
Answer: Food and love! HHBR will pay for medical costs, and any other excessive out of pocket expenses. Obviously, if you are able to provide financially for these costs, anything you pay may be treated as a donation and be used to write off expenses against your taxes. The minimum is a loving environment. A warm bed, good food, and to be treated as one of your family. The foster stage is extremely important in rehabilitating an unwanted, abandoned or neglected hound. Socializing the dog, observing how it responds to other animals, children, being left alone, watching for signs of allergy or other health problems so we can deal with these before placement are vital to choosing the correct forever home. Attendance at adoption fairs and HHBR events is always welcomed. As we work on a foster basis, with our foster homes distributed all across the states of IA, MO & KS, we don't have any one place where potential adopters can come and meet the hounds, so if you can attend an event that would be wonderful. It also increases the chances of finding your hound its own forever home!
Question: What help can I expect from HHBR?
Answer:As above, financially, we can pay for necessary medical costs. Unless it is a medical emergency, we would want you to liaise with our foster coordinator over planned vet visits. We require all our hounds to be spayed or neutered, fully up to date on vaccinations, usually heartworm tested and on heartworm and flea preventative, so occasionally there will be routine medical visits to take the dog to. It is always HHBR's policy to place a completely vetted hound into a home, either foster for forever. On a more practical level, our foster coordinator will be there for help and advice, plus the other Board members, and our other volunteers.
Question: Anything else I should know?
Answer:Probably much more than we can summarize here! The whole HHBR organization is here to support you and answer any other questions you may have. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions