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Ken-Mar Rescue dog.
It is very simple math, the more dogs we place in foster homes while we find them forever homes, the more dogs we can save. If you have the space in your home for a foster, your contribution will be of unimaginable help to our cause. What cause? To get those sweet dogs out of the shelter and into loving homes!
Emotional Commitment: It takes a very special person to open their hearts to one of these dogs, to love and nurture them for a period of time, and then give them up when their new permanent home is found. But the job of a foster parent is a critical one, and knowing the impact you have made on this little life will reward you ten-fold.
Financial Commitment: NONE! Ken-Mar Rescue will continue to provide for the dog’s expenses, including medical, food, grooming and supplies.
Time Commitment: We ask for a minimum of a two month period. Are you a teacher, a studio employee, an actor or someone who has time available occasionally, such as over a summer? We could sure use your help.
The Ken-Mar Rescue Fostering Program
Ken-Mar Rescue Foster Questionnaire
Just click to be taken to our online Foster Questionnaire
As with our adoption process, we also do a home check. If it is a house, we look for a safe environment such as a fenced yard free of debris and harmful areas. If you live in an apartment, please remember many dogs do very well in an apartment. However, time does become a factor for apartment dwellers and fostering should only be considered if your schedule allows enough time to take the dog out on a regular schedule.
Emotional Support & Socialization
We ask that you give your foster the emotional support necessary to help them transition through this phase. Often this involves helping to socialize them, making them feel more secure and good about themselves (see Joys of Fostering). You will be making a huge impact on the dog's life and teaching it valuable socialization skills which will make him/her so much easier to place in a forever home.
Personality Observations/Medical Issues information to us
Help us update your foster dog’s bio with information such as: Are they housebroken? OK with cats? Likes other dogs or prefers to be an only dog? The more we get to know about the rescue through the observations of the foster parent, the better the chance of a successful forever home.
Foster to Adopt: If you are a prospective first time dog owner and are not really sure you’re ready for the responsibility, or have other pets and want to make sure that the new dog is compatible, a “foster to adopt” is a great opportunity to share your home without the long term commitment of a permanent adoption. See more on Foster to Adopt. Foster parents get "first dibs" on adopting their foster kids.
Kudos to You!
It is easy to say “I want to help” or "I’d like to take them all" but by taking ONE needy dog into your home, you are making the difference between life and death. Your commitment creates a space for us to take another dog out of the shelter. Thank you.