There are a few reasons. It is more financially viable to foster in the U.S. for older dogs. Additionally, residents of Gyumri who have traditionally not kept dogs in their homes cannot be expected to fully understand the responsibilities of a foster, which leads to dogs becoming unadoptable due to lack of proper training and exercise. Fostering in the U.S. also allows more dogs to be fostered right here in Gyumri as D.O.G.'s local foster homes become available to accept new dogs.
Fill out the application included under the "Foster" tab. One of our staff will be pleased to discuss the fostering process and provide you with any additional information you may require.
We ask our fosters to care for our dogs as their own with the support of D.O.G. This includes, but may not be limited to: housing, feeding (food will be provided by D.O.G.), and attending to the dog’s specific needs. Veterinary visits and other specialized services will be coordinated by the D.O.G. staff. The foster family is the 'advocate' for the pet for potential adopters. We rely on our foster homes to assess the personality of the pet, identify any behavioral issues that need to be worked on, etc. Therefore, we like the dogs to be walked (how are they on the leash?), socialized with other pets and people, etc. Some dogs may need to be housebroken or crate-trained (they are more adoptable). The more information the foster home can provide us, the more likely the ultimate placement of the pet is successful. Fostering is a very fulfilling way to help out. If you've thought about adopting a pet, but aren't quite sure what breed is best for you, fostering is a wonderful way to try out different types of animals and determine whether they are suitable for your lifestyle. The more foster parents we have - the more pets we can help!
D.O.G. covers all veterinary expenses. In addition, D.O.G. staff will coordinate and care for all veterinary needs. D.O.G. also provides all fosters with food, a crate, a leash, treats, and toys.
It is possible to foster more than one dog at a time (sometimes we have siblings we like to keep together), but this is dependent on the specific case. We would never ask a foster to care for more than what they are comfortable with.
YES! If you fall in love with your foster dog there is no reason why you cannot apply to adopt. Yes, you certainly can. It happens quite often. We call it 'foster failing' - and many of our volunteers are victims! Our policies require that you go fill out the appropriate adoption paperwork and pay the standard adoption fee.
Fosters stay with you until they are adopted. This can vary greatly. An easy to place puppy may only be in your home for a few weeks. A harder to adopt older pet may be with you for several months. Our pets that are in foster care are adopted out at a faster rate than those who aren't. However, if you are only able to foster for a limited amount of time, that is ok. We can help find the appropriate foster for you, and if they haven't been adopted by the time you can no longer foster, we will find another foster family for them. You can define your commitment.
That is fine, all you have to do is give D.O.G. a 2-week notice so that a new home for the dog can be coordinated.
Yes. The foster family is consulted on the adoption decision. The foster family knows the pet best and can usually determine the right family fit for their foster.