Adopt an adult or senior dog. They're so much easier than puppies! We don't foster young puppies because they're too much work and too much at risk of getting sick because their immune systems aren't fully developed yet. We actually prefer to foster dogs between the ages of 4 and 10 years, but have fostered (and found homes for) dogs as old as 16. If you are a senior, we would love to match you up with a more mature canine! You will not find young puppies here. The youngest age we tend to foster is around 12 months old, but we prefer older than that.
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We feed our fosters higher quality, grain-free food and ask that you do the same as grain in food causes allergies and skin/yeast infections, and ear issues. Cheap food most likely contains grain as a cheap filler. It will end up costing you more in vet care if you feed food with grain in it.
Our dogs are fostered with multiple dogs ranging in size from 12 lb to 64 lb, a dog-savvy cat (who can avoid the dogs via his custom-built cat door whenever he wants) and 3 adult humans. We do not have any children here to test them with, but we do test for food/toy aggression, mouthiness, jumping/scratching behaviors, and to see how comfortable they are with overall handling. The adoption paperwork includes all of the health and personality information we discover about the dog while it's in our care so you will have something typewritten that you can refer back to for details once you take the dog home. It also includes contact information for any veterinarians who have provided care to this dog since it came into rescue. Most are strays who are not reclaimed from shelters, so we don't usually have any information about their prior lives.
You are not applying to a shelter, but rather a private foster family that has been fostering dogs since 2001. We handle less dogs than shelters (around 20 per year) and have more time to evaluate the matches between adopter and dog, resulting in far fewer returns than a shelter situation. The more detail you can provide, the more help we can give you in matching you and the dog up so that both will be happy. Please be honest with yourself when answering the questions on the application.
You must be 21 or older and not living with your parents to submit an application. If you're under 21 or still live with your parents in their home, please have your parents submit the app.
Please note: Completing this application does not commit you to adopting a dog, nor does it commit us to adopting a dog to you. It is merely a tool we use to help both you and us in assessing a possible match.
We leave the final decision up to each individual dog as to who they want to live with. Yes, we really do. No, we're not kidding. I will screen you for suitability to have a dog, any dog, and the dog will screen you as a personal match for itself.
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