Fostering a dog is very rewarded but a lot of work and a commitment. There is no way to know if a dog is going to take a week or a year to find the right home. The Shelter Animal Project does not exist to flip dogs or make a profit from an adoption fee. We are not first come first served. We pride ourselves on waiting for the right forever home to come along.
1. If you are not an approved foster, you need to fill out the foster dog screening form. Once the foster dog screening form has been reviewed the family will be asked to attend one of our adoption events for a short interview with an adoption coordinator.
2. All fosters should make arrangements to do a meet and greet with the potential foster dog and all dogs currently residing in the house.
3. There are NO returns with foster dogs. Once a dog is placed in a foster home it is expected that the dog will remain there until it is adopted. We do everything we can to make sure you are being matched up with an appropriate foster dog.
4. All of our dogs are required to be altered, micro-chipped and up to date with vaccinations prior to adoption. If the dog is rescued from a shelter and placed into a foster home the foster family may have to provide transportation to the vet. TSAP will make the arrangements for the dog to be seen at either Yardville Animal Hospital in Yardville, NJ or at People for Animals in Robbinsville, NJ. Sometimes other volunteers can help with transport.
5. The foster family is expected to provide food, shelter, exercise and socialization for the foster dog until it gets adopted. We highly recommend that all foster dogs be crated in the new home until they have earned the right to be free roaming. If a crate is needed for the foster dog, TSAP can provide that.
6. The foster family is expected to transport the dog to and from the adoption event on Sunday’s and stay there and handle the dog for the duration of the event. We have an adoption event every Sunday from 11AM-2PM at PetSmart in Fairless Hills, PA. If there are extra volunteers you can make arrangements to drop the foster dog off at the start of the event and then pick it up after the event has ended but this should not be a weekly occurrence. If you cannot commit to attending an adoption event every Sunday that is acceptable but our dogs typically get adopted at adoption events and not from on-line biographies. We require that you come out and observe an adoption event at least 2 times before you are approved to foster.
7. If an issue with a foster dog occurs and you need vet care the dog must go to specifies veterinarians. You need to immediately contact the President, Lisa, and let her know about the situation. If the foster dog goes to an unapproved veterinarian the foster family will not be reimbursed for any fees they incurred.
8. All dogs in foster are available for adoption and will remain on Petfinder and Adopt-A-Pet. If a person is fostering a dog and wants to adopt that dog they will be considered. However, if there are pending applications they will also be considered.
FOSTER FAMILIES provide socialization with a FAMILY…the 4 and 2 legged kind.
FOSTER FAMILIES provide a safe place to place to HEAL.
FOSTER FAMILIES provide a safe home for a MOTHER to care for her LITTER.
FOSTER FAMILIES provide a safe place for a DOG TO BE A DOG.
Below are just some of our foster dogs successes.