families are our biggest resource, and the more foster families
we add to our family, the more dogs we can save. Our growing network of
fosters consists of individuals and families up and down the East Coast.
Some of our fosters have other pets, some do not. Some have children,
some do not. We love the diversity of our group and we find that it
makes it easier for us to find foster homes that are appropriate for
dogs with a variety of needs.
You can download our foster application here. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our foster families are
required to provide a loving, healthy, temporary home for the dogs that
we have pulled from shelters who have yet to find their forever
families. The rescue covers all medical expenses while our dogs are in
foster care. They may be asked to provide transportation to veterinary
visits if needed. In the event of a critical illness, injury or other emergency, they are expected to provide immediate care and to contact us as soon as
possible. Non-critical veterinary visits are scheduled through the rescue.
We do require our foster families to work with one of our
trainers to address any behavioral problems that develop and prevent any future problems. This means
actively working to socialize young dogs, making progress with potty
training when applicable, and notifying us of any behavioral issues that
are present or that develop while the dog is in their care. This
partnership with local trainers is essential to making our foster
families' lives easier and raises each of our dogs' adoption potential.
These trainers are dedicated to saving these dogs and provide advice and
consultations to our fosters free of charge.
All resident animals in any foster home must be spayed and neutered and
up to date on all vaccines before fostering can occur. We will conduct a
phone interview and a home visit after your application has been received. All members of the household must be present at the home
visit, or at the time you meet your foster dog. Resident dogs must meet
any potential foster dog before fostering can take place.
Please be honest with yourselves and us about your lifestyle, wants and
dog experience when applying to be a foster parent. We will do our best
to match you with a dog that will fit in well with you and your family.
Rescue Express works with positive reinforcement trainers ONLY. We do
not condone or encourage dominance theory and will not work with fosters
who do. We feel that this leads to more well behaved dogs, less
behavioral problems and a better relationship between dogs and their
families. If you would like more information on why we have this policy, check out the Our Core Values page.