Becoming a Foster Home for a Rescue Sheltie
As a foster family, you will take a rescued Sheltie into your home and care for him or her as you would your own pet, providing food, shelter, companionship, basic training and exercise, arranging for any required veterinary care, and supplying generous amounts of patience and love. SSPSNJ Foster Care Providers sign a contract for each dog in their care. The fostering period can last anywhere from a few days to a month or more. Some Shelties may not get along well with other dogs, cats, or children and may take longer to place. Your evaluation of the Sheltie’s character, temperament and training level are invaluable. The more we know about a dog’s habits and behavior (positive and negative), the easier it is to match him or her to the perfect owner.
A foster home does not need to have another dog. Some foster dogs do not require a fenced-in yard. We would appreciate any foster time you can give no matter how long or short the sheltie can stay in your home. Many of the foster homes are also a “failed foster home”. Some families fall in love with the Sheltie/Shelties that they fostered. They then adopt them, and that’s fine with us. We just want all to be happy. Who knows—you may find a new friend or make a new friendship with the adopting family! Our Rescue covers the veterinarian bills as long as the dog is taken to one of our approved veterinarians.
We truly appreciate all the help that our volunteers and friends have given us, but without foster homes we will not be able to continue to bring new Shelties into Rescue. We do not want to have to turn away a Sheltie in need. We do have a fondness for senior Shelties that no one else would help, and that is why a majority of our foster homes are full. Please help us continue in our mission of not turning a Sheltie away.
We are not a shelter or kennel, all our dogs are kept in foster homes with families who will help determine what home is right for each dog. Being a foster home can be a rewarding experience. You get to help a sheltie in its search for its permanent forever home.
After you have read our “About Fostering” information, if you are still interested, please fill out our Foster Application and return the form to us either via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of New Jersey, 107 Broad Street, Suite 694, Hainesport, NJ 08036.
Thank you so much for your help, Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of New Jersey
Why Become A Foster?
GETS THEM ADOPTED
Fostering highly increases the Sheltie’s chance of getting adopted. It helps potential adopters see what a great personality the sheltie has in a home setting.
GIVES PEACE & SAFETY
Fostering keeps Shelties out of boarding facilities and shelters which can be very stressful with the noise, barriers, lack of adequate exercise, etc.
Shelties generally do not thrive in a shelter setting. Fostering lets them have a chance to be healthy and happy. Shelties in foster care tend to be less stressed, better socialized, and have a lower chance of getting sick than Shelteies in shelters.
Some Shelties are not ready to be adopted immediately. In addition to needing extra love and care, they have to learn to trust people and to live in a human environment. Foster parents help these Shelties by providing a temporary home until the Sheltie is ready for adoption.
You feel good because you’ve radically improved the life of your foster Sheltie, prepared them for adoption, and helped save the life of another Sheltie in need of rescue. Talk about an all-win scenario!