THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FOSTERING WITH BADASS
Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience that saves lives. Badass does not have a shelter space and can only rescue as many dogs as we have fosters for. Our Badass foster parents directly help save the lives of deserving pups by housing, loving, and getting rescue dogs ready for adoption into their forever homes.
We’re excited you’re interested in fostering with Badass. Below is critical information about our foster program. If you have any remaining questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What are the basic requirements of fostering with Badass?
- Fosters must be 23 years or older.
- You cannot have any children aged 6 or below in your home.
- You cannot have any intact (un-neutered on un-spayed) pets in your home.
- Everyone living in your residence is in agreement to have a dog.
- Co-fosters with you (i.e., anyone who will be walking or helping care for the dog) must also sign the foster contract and attend a foster orientation and training with you.
- You must be able to transport the dog to adoption events, vet appointments, and occasional meetings with potential adopters (almost always in Brooklyn). These occur 1-3 times per month on average.
What kind of dogs will I be fostering?
- The Badass Foster Team works to pair you with a dog in need. We will recommend a dog for you based on your level of experience, availability, and housing restrictions. After your first foster dog pairing, fosters can choose the dogs they would like to foster!
- We rescue all breeds and sizes of dogs. We often don’t know the complete background and history of the dogs we rescue.
What is a foster responsible for?
- Our fosters provide food, water, shelter, walks, and basic training to the dogs. Badass supplies fosters with monthly flea/tick and heartworm preventatives and all veterinary care.
- Fosters help get our dogs forever-home ready, providing them with exercise, basic obedience, crate, and house training. We provide every foster with basic training on how to work with foster dogs and have professional trainers available if needed.
- Fosters are responsible for the safety of each foster dog that comes into their care, and for the safety of other dogs and people the dog comes into contact with. They always keep a flat collar with the Badass ID tag on the dog at all times, in addition to a second collar/harness for walking the dog.
- Foster dogs are walked and exercised on their leash anytime they are outside of a home or securely fenced yard.
- Crate training is very important for the safety and training of foster dogs. Whenever they are not home or able to supervise a foster dog, fosters should crate the foster dog and agree to work on crate training.
- Foster dogs are never tied up outside (in a yard, in front of a café, store, etc.).
- Our fosters immediately notify us in the event of a missing, injured, or sick dog.
What does Badass provide?
- We schedule a half-day foster orientation and training to make sure you feel fully prepared to provide your foster dog with basic training. We are also always available to support you if you need any additional advice, help, or questions (through our staff, trainers, and private Facebook group for fosters)
- We supply collars, ID tags, “adopt me” vest, leash, and a crate (if you don’t already have one at home). All gear is available for pickup at the Badass office in Prospect Park South. We also pay for all required medical procedures and expenses (vet visits, medications, etc.).
- We provide monthly flea/tick and heartworm preventatives for all foster dogs.
- Whenever we can, we offer donated items for the dogs, like food, treats, toys, beds, etc. Since we are a non-profit, any additional cost of care for foster dogs can be categorized as a tax-deductible donation!
- Joining the Badass Foster Family means getting to know other amazing fosters, volunteers, and getting support from them. We have a private Facebook group for fosters and organize regular events for our fosters to meet and get to know each other.
Are vet visits covered?
- Yes, all approved medical expenses for each foster dog are covered by Badass.
- We will help schedule and approve medical care with our designated veterinarian partners, and we also have a Vet Team that is available to answer questions.
I want to foster-to-adopt or try out owning a dog before adopting. Can I do that?
- Applying to be a foster through our foster program is applying to provide a temporary home for a dog only while waiting for their forever home. Fosters are the key to our ability to continue to rescue dogs — we ask that our fosters do their best to commit to our program for at least 6 months.
- We do not have a foster-to-adopt program. If you are interested in adopting (even if not for 3-6 months), please apply through our adoption application.
What is the foster application like?
- The application is the next step! From there, we review it, check 3 references as well as vet references if you own or have owned another animal recently. We then conduct a home visit to make sure that your home is dog-ready.
- The final step is attending a half-day foster orientation and training. You should be prepared to take a dog immediately after training!
I already have other pets at home. Can I still foster?
- Yes, as long as your other pets are spayed/neutered and do not have a history of aggressive behavior with other animals. We have some tips for introducing foster dogs and cats to each other — even if your foster dog or your current pet has been housed with other animals before, no one can guarantee its behavior with your other pets will be the same.
- Just as with children, foster dogs should not be left in the same room as other animals unattended.
- Similarly, ensure you have separate areas for feeding your foster dog and your other pets, and don’t leave toys and treats laying around the house.
- If you need help, you can always contact us. We can put you in touch with an experienced foster or trainer to assist you with introducing your animals!
I have children at home. Can I still foster?
- Yes (as long as they are aged 7 or older)! Since we don’t know the complete background/history of the dogs we rescue, our dogs should never, under any circumstances be left unattended with children, and parents should be cautious and observant when children are eating with the dog in the room.
- Only adults who have attended training are allowed to walk the dog (besides a professional dog walker).
- Also, keep in mind that a child in the house with a dog is at risk of being accidentally knocked over, scratched or nipped etc.
- If your foster dog gives you any concerns or you feel uncomfortable with the situation between the dog and a child, please let us know immediately.
How long will I foster a dog for?
- To provide for as much stability as possible, we ask that you keep the foster dog until they are adopted. This can range from a couple of days to a couple of months, depending on how quickly a dog is adopted.
- If you are traveling or something comes up, just notify the foster team in advance of any dates that you are unable to foster (ideally a week or more in advance), we will make appropriate arrangements to move the dog to a temporary foster until you return.
What kind of issues may come up with my foster dog?
- Each and every foster dog is different. Because these dogs are coming from shelters, rural environments, former homelessness, etc. fosters may have to work through many different things, ranging from separation anxiety, fear of the city, housetraining, etc.
- We have many experienced fosters and mentors who can help you with these challenges, as long as you are willing to work through it! Having first-hand insight from our fosters into the dogs, any issues, and their training status helps us get them adopted into the right forever home much faster.
What about health issues?
- All of our dogs will be fully vetted and spayed/neutered when they arrive (or in a small number of cases, very soon after they arrive). If there are any known health issues, you will be notified in advance. We will make sure that you are comfortable dealing with any additional issues that the pup may have.
- In addition, all approved medical expenses for each foster dog are covered by Badass.
How can I help my foster get adopted?
- We actively advertise our foster dogs through social media, adoption events, and other media outlets to help their adoption prospects, but your efforts in the promotion of your foster dog can help them get adopted!
- Our adoption events are a great way for potential adopters to meet the dog. Fosters are responsible for transporting the dog to adoption events and occasional meetings with potential adopters.
- We love it when fosters can help us get the word out so that our foster dogs get the promotion that they deserve. You can help by having your dog wear their “Adopt Me” vest when you’re taking them for walks, and posting on social media about them and about Badass.
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