Becoming a foster

To become a Foster parent please fill in our online Foster application, or contact us at foster@russellrescue.org .  When your application is received, a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.  The process involves an interview, reference check and a home visit.  This does seem like an extremely involved process, but please consider the fact that we have rescued the majority of these Jacks from certain death, and many of these dogs have issues that they bring with them from mistreatment in their past.  Please note that we cannot accept foster homes that have unaltered animals living at the foster residence. We need loving, patient families that understand Jacks and will help our rescued dogs grow to become the whole dogs they were meant to be.   Consider the following before filling out an application and if fostering was not meant to be there are many other ways you can help the rescue.  Please check out our volunteer application form.

Foster Home Checklist:

Please keep us informed about the dog, we need regular updates because they will change the longer they are with you and we need to be able to give potential adopters as much current info as possible.

If their behaviour changes, good or bad, we need to know immediately.

Send pictures regularly, nothing spells adoption like a great picture of the foster dog.

If the dog is behaving badly let us know.  If they snap, snarl, fight with other dogs, cats, people, bark incessantly or just at your neighbour’s kids,  please tell us right away.

We will provide a trainer to either assess the dog or provide help with behavioural issues.  Do your best to follow the trainer’s advice.  If you do not agree with the trainer let us know.

Keep all the dogs paperwork organized and available.  Vetting information is critical to the adoption process.

Be reasonable when a potential adopter wants to meet the dog, we don’t expect you to be at their beck and call but it’s important when someone is interested to make the dog available as soon as possible.

Be a good, responsible dog owner, it should go without saying but – don’t yell at the dog constantly, don’t crate them all day and all night, do not use shock collars.

Keep the dog safe and secure, in your home, in your yard, on walks and in the car, be sure that they are not at risk of bolting from you or flying through the windshield.

Get a tag with your phone number on it.  This is critical should the dog get loose.

Expect that there will be house training issues, many shelter dogs ‘forget’ what this means and they may need a refresher.

Work on basic obedience, we will supply expert help if needed.

Dog experience is a must, Jack experience is better.

Ensure when the dog first arrives that they have a quiet place where they can be alone and adjust to this major change in their life.

The whole family needs to commit to fostering.

No children under 8

No apartments

Realize that the incoming dogs are basically unknowns and if they don’t fit into your household we will do our best to re-home them but we cannot always do this immediately.

Remember these are rescues and many are not perfect!!  BUT with the right foster home they have the chance to become perfect!

Tiny and malnourished, 6 month old Judi was saved from a drug addict by a kind volunteer.
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