THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FOSTERING WITH BADASS
Thank you for your interest in fostering with Badass. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience that helps us get our rescue dogs ready for adoption into their forever homes, and we are eternally grateful for our fosters. Badass does not have a shelter space and can only rescue as many dogs as we have fosters for, so by being a Badass foster parent, you are directly helping to save the lives of deserving pups. Please read through the information below and be sure you fully understand the realities of fostering before you submit an application. If you have any remaining questions after reading through this page, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the basic requirements of fostering with Badass?
You 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.
You must have a stable residence, where everyone living there is in agreement to have a dog.
Anyone who is co-fostering with you (i.e., 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.
You must join our private Facebook group for fosters.
You must allow the Badass foster team 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.
What does Badass expect of our fosters?
They provide nutritious food, plentiful water, and adequate shelter, and administer monthly flea/tick and heartworm preventatives (we will provide these).
They provide the dog with exercise, basic obedience, crate, and house training. Proper training greatly increases a dog’s chance of being adopted and we provide every foster with a basic training and have professional trainers available if needed.
They 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 never let their foster dogs be a nuisance to other people or other animals.
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.
They keep foster dogs on their leash any time they are outside of a home or securely fenced yard.
They do not take foster dogs to dog runs or dog parks (or off-leash hours at parks).
Whenever they are not home or able to supervise a foster dog, they crate the foster dog and agree to work on crate training on an ongoing basis.
At no time are foster dogs 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?
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).
Collars, ID tag, “adopt me” vest, leash, and 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’re a non-profit, we also appreciate tax-deductible donations toward caring for foster dogs. If a foster parent needs something for their dog, they should contact us to let us know.
We organize regular foster and volunteer happy hours and holiday parties 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. (You need approval from us before going to the vet, and the care needs to be from one of our designated veterinarian partners.)
I want to foster-to-adopt or “try out” what owning a dog is like 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. We ask that our fosters do their best to commit to fostering 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 process like?
Once you submit an application, we will screen your application, check 3 references (non-family), check vet references (if you own another animal or have owned another animal in the past few years), and conduct a home visit to make sure that your home environment is safe. Our process is thorough and extensive, as we are looking for dedicated fosters who are committed and willing to work through both the challenges and rewards of fostering.
The final step is attending a half-day foster orientation and training. Your approval status is determined after training, but you should be prepared to take a dog immediately after training if needed.
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. Foster dogs and cats should be introduced to each other slowly and cautiously over a period of a few days to a week while the dog is kept on a leash. 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, don’t leave your foster dog in the same room as other animals unattended.
Do not feed your foster dog in the same room as other pets, and don’t leave toys and treats laying around the house.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to 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 notify the foster team in advance of any dates that you are traveling and unable to foster, we will try to make appropriate arrangements to move the dog to another foster (on a temporary basis, until you return). Last minute requests are very hard to fulfill, and it can take up to a week for us to find a new foster and move a dog. We also ask that you try to avoid gaps of 8 weeks or longer between foster dogs, or you may be asked to repeat orientation or training.
What kind of issues might come up with my foster dog when fostering?
Each and every foster dog is completely 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!
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.
How can I help my foster dog 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! 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 do this 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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