Fostering a Doberman Pinscher
is a wonderful experience and it will make the difference between life
and death for the dog(s) you foster.
A foster family takes an unwanted Doberman into their
home and supplies it with love, food and shelter until a suitable forever
family is found. Most foster families have dogs and even cats of their
own. Your home becomes their home. Some find this the opportunity to
live with a dog without the long term commitments usually associated
with pet ownership. Please consider opening your heart and home to a
Doberman in need! Become a foster today!
1. What costs will I incur when fostering?
We ask that the foster home supply food, treats,
bedding and toys for their foster dog. We pay veterinary bills, provide
heartworm preventative and flea preventative.
2. What other responsibilies will I have?
The dog will need exercise, so you will need to
have a fenced yard or a way to exercise the dog, and time to do so.
Some will need crate training our housebreaking, but many of them come
to us already housebroken. It is not difficult to housebreak an adult
Doberman. You will also need to keep us informed of the dog's temperment,
issues, etc. You will need to be available to show the dog to potential
adopters, although all potential adopters are screened first and we
normally only send one or a few people to meet any given dog. You will
also need to take the dog to the veterinarian if need be.
3. How long will I have the foster dog?
We keep each of our rescues for at least two weeks
before placing them into permanent home, but expect at least 1 month.
We want to get to know the dogs before placing them, and sometimes it
just takes a while to find the right home.
4. What if the dog does not get along with my dog, or
chases my cat?
We do not force you to continue fostering a dog that isn't working out
in your home. If there are real problems with the dog living in your
home we will try to find a different foster home for it, or at last
resort we will board it until adopted.
5. What if I want to adopt the dog I am fostering?
We normally say that someone cannot adopt the first dog they foster.
We don't want fostering to be used as a try-before-you buy for a rescue dog.
6. Do I need to live in Atlanta to foster a dog for you?
You need to live in the Atlanta metro area. We use four different veterinary
clinics for our rescue dogs - one in Marietta, one in Snellville, one in Midtown and
one in Decatur. If you did need to take the dog to the veterinarian
we would ask that you take it to one of the clinics with which we have
an established relationship. Also, if you live too far from Atlanta,
many potential adopters would not want to drive to meet a dog.
7. Can families with children foster dogs?
Since we do not place dogs into homes with young
children, we also do not place dogs into foster homes with young children.
We often do not know the dog's history or their experiences with children.
If you are interested in learning more about fostering