If a dog that you may be interested in adopting does not have a foster home yet either because arrangements are still being made to rescue it from a shelter or because the dog’s current foster family cannot continue fostering, we are happy to send the dog to an approved adopter and give them the opportunity to foster.
This means you would give the dog a loving home on a temporary foster basis which allows you to see if the dog is a good fit with your situation while playing an incredibly important role in saving a dog's life. This also gives you an advantage in that you would be first in line to adopt the dog yourself when the dog is ready for adoption.
Here are the main things to keep in mind if you want to foster-to-adopt:
- You would have at least two weeks after you receive the dog before we consider applications from other interested families. This gives you time to decide if you want to adopt yourself.
- A foster-to-adopt dog will usually be already fully vetted prior to arrival in your home. In some cases however, we may ask you to help us get a dog to a vet in order to complete the vetting. SWESR will pay for all approved vetting expenses.
- If you end up deciding the dog is just not the right dog for your situation, it would be best for the dog for you to keep him or her until another adoptive home is found. For a young Setter, this usually happens quickly. For older dogs, it can take longer. We prefer not to move dogs around from one foster home to another unless it is truly necessary. Of course, if the dog is causing problems in your home, we would do everything possible to move the dog quickly and find another foster family. You would provide valuable feedback to the families interested in adopting your foster, and have the final call whether your foster dog would likely be a good match to another family.
- If you would like to consider being a SWESR foster-to-adopt home, please submit a completed application. The foster application is the same as the adoption application which prevents you from having to fill out additional paperwork if you do decide to adopt. The vast majority of our foster to adopt situations result in the family adopting the dog.
Foster to Adopt "Frequently Asked Questions"
Who is eligible for ‘foster-to-adopt’?
Any dog listed as needing a foster on our website or our Facebook page. Eligible dogs on our website have a “Foster Needed” below their picture.
Why can't I do this for any dog?
If a dog already has a foster home, we don't want to move them around, perhaps repeatedly and unnecessarily, when stability is something they're looking for after arriving from the shelter.
What are the benefits?
If there's a dog that's really sparked your interest, you’d be first in line to adopt the dog before other applications are considered for the dog. The benefit for SWESR and the dogs we save is that you'd be a part of their rescue story by providing a safe and loving foster home to them until their forever home is found.
What happens next?
After the dog is fully vetted and been in your home for at least 2 weeks, we may ask that you make a decision about whether you want to move forward with adopting. If the answer is "yes", then you'll just need to complete the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee.
What if the dog isn't right for me?
That's okay! We do count on our "foster-to-adopt" families to provide a foster home for our rescue dogs even if they decide not to adopt. After your foster dog gets adopted, we're happy to keep working with you to find the right pup.
How do I sign up?
You'll want to fill out and submit an adoption application, specifying in your application which dog(s) you're interested inand that you are interested in "foster-to-adopt." In order to be accepted into this program, Foster-to-Adopt applicants must have an approved application and home visit with SWESR. In addition, applicants must sign the Foster Agreement which requires compliance with all of the Foster terms and conditions
I have a certain type of dog in mind...Can you let me know when new dogs are coming that need fosters?
Yes, we can absolutely let you know when we have dogs coming that need fosters. We can send you an email with descriptions and photos, sometimes before they're even up on the website, and you can let us know if you're interested.