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                                                             HOW TO VOLUNTEER

FOSTERING

Fostering a dog saves a life. If you would like to help us by fostering a dog, please fill out our Foster Application. Foster care consists of providing a safe, loving, temporary home for a dog until a permanent adoptive home can be found. All dogs are screened for health and temperament before entering our program. We can only rescue as many dogs as we have foster homes!

Foster home responsibilities:

  1. Provide a safe, loving temporary home for the dog.

  2. Be patient. Understand that all dogs are rescue dogs and their behavior can be unpredictable. Be prepared for some adjustment in the beginning. It can be stressful for both you and the dog to be in a new situation.

  3. Be willing to foster your dog from rescue to adoption. The amount of time needed to find a permanent home for a dog can vary from weeks to months.

  4. If you are working full time, provide a safe indoor place for the dog to be while you are gone. For the Love of Labs Rescue highly recommends crate training to keep both the dog and your home safe and secure.

  5. Foster homes sign a Foster Agreement and agree to abide by For the Love of Labs Rescue policies.

  6. Notify your For the Love of Labs Rescue contacts immediately in the event the dog is sick or lost (your foster agreement includes the names and numbers of your contacts). Take the dog to medical appointments as required.

  7. Notify your For the Love of Labs Rescue contacts when you are going on vacation so we can provide another home for your dog to go to. Taking your foster dog with you also requires permission.

  8. Keep For the Love of Labs Rescue informed about your foster dog’s personality, quirks, behavior, etc. Your input as well as photos, are invaluable for describing the dog on the website and to potential adopters.

  9. Treat the dog as a member of your family.

TRANSPORT 
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Helping with transport is another important role in getting our rescues to their foster homes.  Most "legs" are about 1 hour long and are typically on a Saturday or Sunday.  If interested in volunteering to help with transport, please send your name, email & cell phone number to tracyc@fortheloveoflabs.org 

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