Running a foster care for puppies can be fun and exciting. However, there are some things individuals need to know. Here is a guide to what you need to purchase, as well as an outline of the process and paperwork needed to foster a puppy.
If the decision has been made to begin a puppy foster care home, there are a few steps you need to do first. Many people feel fostering a puppy is an easy task, but there are several things that need to be prepared and purchased before getting started.
The most important preparation task is to have the correct supplies. You will need:
Puppy house training pads
Puppy/adult dog food
Each state has different requirements and regulations, and you may need a business license or non-profit license before you can foster a puppy. However, if you are performing puppy foster care for an established non-profit organization, like a canine rescue group, you just need to pass their guidelines and provide them with the required paperwork.
In the State of Oregon, for example, there are certain regulations by counties; Multnomah County will not allow a non-business household to have more than five puppies or dogs at a time. Learning these individual laws is important when beginning a home foster care program for canines. Contact your state or county government offices to learn the laws in your geographical area.
Once the appropriate organization approves your application, establish your foster care home with a local veterinarian clinic. Many veterinary clinics offer a discount for foster care facilities, so be sure to ask if there is a discount available in your area. This is a very important step, and could save you money, since you need to take a new puppy to the vet before introducing them into your home.
Many organizations require that puppies be spayed or neutered before being placed in a new home. Be sure to understand the business end of the organization for whom you are fostering. You may be required to pay upfront for medical care, and then submit an invoice for reimbursement. The organization may not provide finances for food and supplies. This makes it necessary for you to keep records for tax purposes.
Most organizations set a time limit of six weeks to six months for individuals to foster each dog. This time limit helps ensure that the foster family does not become too attached to the puppies. If the puppy is not placed within that time limit, he is moved to another foster care home.
Choose the organization carefully so that they meet your standards of care, both long-term and short-term, of the animals. If you are against euthanasia, then be sure to choose an organization that does not allow this unless it is for medical reasons. It is a lot of work to foster a puppy and sometimes you will have more than one puppy at a time, so be sure this is something you have the time and patience to do. Once you have gotten everything ready and you begin to foster, rewards are great. In fact, some foster parents state it is the best thing they have ever done.