Considering taking in a foster dog... advice?
My boyfriend and I have been considering taking in a foster dog in the next few months, and have been talking about it non-stop trying to prepare as much as possible.
Ive rescued dogs off craigslist and strays and rehomed them before, but this would be a bit different. A woman needs someone to take in her dog, care for it, then return it to her in a few months when she is able due to personal problems.
Ive been thinking about what I would need to prepare. So I've came up with the following:
Dog crate: We have a crate right now that will suit him, as my shepherd barely uses it anymore. We've been letting our smaller dog use it because its more roomy, hah, but we would most likely get one more size appropriate for her (our smaller dog), because less money this way.
Tags: with our phone number / address JUST IN CASE.
Prong collar: I think he may come with one, but I want to make sure I will be able to control him - seeing as Ive never met him.
Nylon collar: to attach the tags to.
We have everything else, as far as I can think of.
We also plan to take him to our vet first for a health checkup. I can afford to care for him through normal issues, but the idea of him being sick or needing surgery for something, aside from an accident, is not something Im comfortable with.
We were thinking of writing up a contract... just saying something like that we agree that the dog isnt our property and we will return it to its owner within a certain date. If the owner is not in contact or unable to reclaim the dog by this date then we would most likely need to rehome him through a rescue or an approved home. Its a tough situation because I want it make them as comfortable as possible and help them all out, but at the same time I need to protect myself.
Taking in a new dog, especially for only a limited time, is a huge responsibility and I want to leave no room for mistakes on my part.
Ive put a lot of thought onto how I will introduce him into my home and my dogs, but I dont think he will be a problem. He will be crated unless we are keeping an eye on him until we can fully trust him and our dogs around him, especially while we are out, and monitored while in our yard.
I guess its good that Im worrying, I feel like its the right thing to do, I just dont have experience in this type of situation and want everyone to have the best outcome possible.
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