Things to keep in mind with foster animals
While fostering can be a very fun and rewarding experience, there are a few guidelines that will help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for everybody. Below are some of the basic rules and guidelines for foster families. Please review them carefully, then click through the rest of our foster guide to read additional information about our foster program. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us!
Why Our Animals Need Foster
Members of the Adoption Ambassador Program
When Your Foster Arrives
Foster Animals and Your Pets
Moms and Puppies
Weaning can occur gradually around 4-5 weeks using food soaked in warm water or mixed with canned food. After the puppy begins to accept the solid food, gradually reduce the amount of water with each subsequent feeding. Begin offering dry food on a free feeding basis.
Puppies should be fed frequent, small meals, rather than 1 - 2 big meals each day. Click here for more info.
Positive Reinforcement Training
Setting puppies up for success during the housetraining process is essential. Give puppies frequent breaks, bringing them back to the same spot to relieve themselves every 30-60 minutes when active (waking from a nap, playing, after eating). A puppy can hold their bladder for one hour for each month of age.
5 Steps to Successful Potty Training
Reward elimination that happens when and where you want it to
Anticipate bathroom needs
Interrupt accidents, but avoid punishing or scaring them
Clean up accidents with a pet specific enzyme cleaner
The most important age for a puppy’s socialization is between three weeks and three months, when they’re biologically primed to learn that new experiences are positive. It’s the most crucial, sensitive part of a puppy’s social life. Socialization does not involve just exposing puppies to new things, but actively working to ensure that every experience they have is a positive one. Whenever a puppy meets a new person, ensure it’s a positive and fun experience that involves lots of treats and praise. If your puppy seems fearful, go slowly.
Take any opportunity to expose your puppy to these situations with lots of treats and praise:
Maintaining Your Fosters Health
If you notice any of the below, please contact the foster team right away for assistance.
Tips for Reducing Risk
Returning Your Foster
Adoption Ambassador Program
Foster Facebook Group
Link to join will be sent after you are an active foster.