How to prepare for becoming a foster parent

Think carefully about your daily routines – do you have the time and energy to commit to a dog?

Talk to your friends and family – do they support you?

Take a careful look around your house and yard. We recommend getting down on your hands and knees so you can see your home as the dog will. Do you see any obvious hazards?

Some things to consider:

  • cupboard doors that do not close giving the dog access to food inside
  • garbage containers the dog can get into
  • toilet seat up
  • electrical cords they may chew
  • cleaning supplies left on floors
  • shoes must be kept in closets away from the dog
  • cat litter box and cat food must be out of reach of the dog
  • cell phones, remote controls must be out of reach (young dogs will chew anything!)
  • are there any openings in your fence?
  • does your gate shut securely – is there a lock? (sometimes gas company workers or telephone repair people will enter your yard and leave the gate open unknown to you)

Talk with other dog owners – can they offer any advice?  Check out resources online for dog owners about adopting a rescue dog.