Why is fostering important?
Sometimes, we are contacted about a dog that needs to be placed in a new home fairly quickly. It could be a dog in a shelter, that’s at risk of being euthanized. It could be a dog whose owners have exhausted all options and have reached out to us last minute for help. It could be a dog with a medical emergency that needs care and attention. These dogs may not be quite ready for adoption, but they need a place to go. That’s where our foster homes come in. We need foster homes to take in the boxers who need a little extra TLC, a little extra time and attention, so we can get to know what type of forever home will be best for them.
How long will my foster boxer be with me?
That’s a tough question and we wish we had a straight forward answer. The honest answer is… we never really know. There are many factors that come into play. The first one is the age of the dog. We find that older dogs tend to stay in foster care longer. Another factor is the physical condition of the dog. If he/she has medical needs that must be addressed prior to adoption, then the dog will be in foster for a longer period of time. And sometimes it’s just as simple as we don’t have any solid applications that meet the needs of a particular dog. You, as a foster home, can help us place your foster by providing new photos and updates for our social media page and website. A dog with lots of pictures tends to get noticed.
Who pays for dog food, supplies, and vet care?
The Boxer Rescue is responsible for the medical needs of dogs in foster homes. We ensure that they are current on vaccines, heartworm medication, spayed and neutered, and have any other medical concerns addressed before being adopted. We do ask our foster homes to use only vets that are approved by our rescue and will arrange appointments at these vets at our foster homes’ convenience. Food, toys, and other supplies are generally paid for by foster homes. We do ask that dogs be fed a high quality dog food and we are happy to provide a list of recommended foods.
Who screens potential adopters?
The Boxer Rescue will screen any potential adopters. If we feel we’ve found a good match for your foster dog, we will arrange for them to speak to you and then you will speak to us and share your thoughts before we move forward with a meeting. We value your input, as you know the dog best, and if you are not comfortable with a potential adopter, we need to know why.
What happens if I can no longer foster the boxer in my care?
It’s important to know that we are not a shelter, so we do not have the ability to come and pick up a dog on a moment’s notice. We have to, first, secure another home for the dog. We assure you that we will do everything possible to make this happen quickly, but we need you to be patient as we reach out to others and find another placement.
Who do I call if I have a question or concern?
We, at The Boxer Rescue, pride ourselves on the relationships that we build with our foster and adoptive homes. We are reachable via phone, text, or email Lisa@theboxerrescue.org or Aimee@theboxerrescue.org. If we don’t respond right away, just hang tight. We check our messages all the time. We are here to support you and offer guidance along the way. We want your experience, as a foster, to be a positive one and will do anything we can to make that happen.
What if I want to adopt my foster dog?
This is probably the question we get asked most often. Our goal, in rescue, is to make sure that our boxers end up in the best possible homes. If you’ve fallen in love with your foster, and your home is the best possible home, then we are happy to approve you to adopt.