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12-11-2013 10:04 PM
LifeofRiley Llombardo,

Okay, so re-reading your post I now understand that most weekends would be difficult for you... sorry, I am a little slow on the uptake tonight, LOL. I often have meet-and-greets of pre-screened applicants at my house because it works out better for me from a scheduling perspective, so you should let them know what days something like that would work for you.
12-11-2013 09:48 PM
LifeofRiley
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I can't post anything to their site. To be honest he doesn't sit still long enough for a picture. I have video but I can't send that in a message. I know they are busy, I just have no idea what I'm doing besides taking care of Batman(he is a good boy) I didn't know I had to go to adoption events. I got an email for Saturday but I have previous plans. Every Sat I have a scheduled visit at the nursing home too. Sundays are my training days. I guess I should email them and let them know about Saturday. I sent an email asking if I could promote him on Monday and I never heard back. I am not complaining, I think they are a awesome group that I'm glad to help out.
Llombardo,

They are having a big adoption event this Saturday. You don't have to attend, you can let them know that you are unavailable. Sometimes they will ask if it is possible for you drop the dog off for the event and then pick it up afterward - they have extra volunteer dog handlers on-site for this purpose.

I have to admit, I am really surprised they have not had better communications with you. I would sometimes not attend an event if there were not adopters whose applications I had already pre-screened scheduled to come see the dog.

In any event, I hope I get to meet you over the holidays. You would be the first person from this forum that I have met in real-life .
12-11-2013 09:36 PM
llombardo
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Hi llombardo,

I wonder if this lack of communication is due to the time of year - the holidays are tough! I have fostered for the same organization (as you know) and typically they are pretty good with getting the pet info up on the site. And, in my experience, they were VERY communicative about confirming my attendance at upcoming adoption events... almost to a fault

I will actually be fostering for them again over the holidays. So, hopefully I will meet you at one of the events!

Also, they have a pretty active Facebook page, maybe you can post updates on Batman there!
I can't post anything to their site. To be honest he doesn't sit still long enough for a picture. I have video but I can't send that in a message. I know they are busy, I just have no idea what I'm doing besides taking care of Batman(he is a good boy) I didn't know I had to go to adoption events. I got an email for Saturday but I have previous plans. Every Sat I have a scheduled visit at the nursing home too. Sundays are my training days. I guess I should email them and let them know about Saturday. I sent an email asking if I could promote him on Monday and I never heard back. I am not complaining, I think they are a awesome group that I'm glad to help out.
12-11-2013 07:26 PM
jae It is important to see how the potential new foster's personal dog behaves, and how the individual handles the dog. Not necessarily in all situations, but especially in public being handled 1 on 1 dog and handler, and in private handled 2 on 1 personal dog interacting with the shelter dog and handler interacting with both.

The dog's reactions should tell you more than any interview could.
12-11-2013 07:02 PM
LifeofRiley
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No one ever called to see how the dog is doing or how I'm doing for that matter. They haven't updated any info on him on their page, they have lots of dogs/cats now. I have no problem with the dog and he can stay as long as needed, but I feel a lack of support.
Hi llombardo,

I wonder if this lack of communication is due to the time of year - the holidays are tough! I have fostered for the same organization (as you know) and typically they are pretty good with getting the pet info up on the site. And, in my experience, they were VERY communicative about confirming my attendance at upcoming adoption events... almost to a fault

I will actually be fostering for them again over the holidays. So, hopefully I will meet you at one of the events!

Also, they have a pretty active Facebook page, maybe you can post updates on Batman there!
12-11-2013 05:29 PM
Bear L
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It's funny to think about that now, because as I've gotten more experienced I have also gotten considerably more curmudgeonly and less appreciative of people trying to tell me how to do things. At this point I'll pay hundreds of dollars to do private pulls so I can have total control over the dog's training and socialization rather than subjecting myself to the occasional flakiness and ineptitude of other volunteers. But it wasn't always that way. In the beginning, I would have been hugely grateful for more support and guidance.
I'm that way too! I'm still relatively new to the foster world but I'm getting less and less appreciative of the number of rules some rescues set and the level of oversight they sometimes want to place on a foster family. But overall I am thankful for whatever support they provide.
12-11-2013 05:24 PM
Bear L
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Magwart,

Also, as you are starting your own rescue, I think one thing that is often overlooked in terms of upfront foster training is paperwork management/reporting - intake/transfer, vet check, vaccinations, application checks, adoption forms, microchip.... what are the reporting standards - what needs to stay on file, what is given to the adopter, what needs to be sent to the State and what companion documentation is required, etc., etc.
I see this get overlooked a lot!
12-11-2013 05:23 PM
Bear L I'm still quite new with fostering but tried with various rescues plus private rescue of various breeds. Some rescues are really lose with rules and some have way too many rules to the detriment of the dog and the rescue itself. I never had any major problem with them even when I don't agree with everything.

All of the rescues I worked with have been helpful when I have a foster dog with me. So far I haven't foster a dog that I would not want to keep. I always have a "mentor" - someone that I contact if I need to check in on something. These mentors aren't necessarily dog savvy in my opinion, but just people who are more devoted to the rescue and have been with the rescue for longer period of time.

As a foster, I'm put off by rescues that require too much of my time doing things that is outside of fostering, like attending orientations, trainings, etc. If I don't like how they train, the numerous rules they set then I will not foster for them. There was a GSD I wanted to foster but when I saw how they want to introduce the dog to my dogs, the micro-managing, the training style and what I believe is a total incorrect read of the dog, I just decided it's not worth fostering.
12-11-2013 04:56 PM
Merciel
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I have no problem with the dog and he can stay as long as needed, but I feel a lack of support.
That's a good point and I'm glad that you brought it up. I had totally forgotten about it, but reading your post reminded me that when I was a brand-new foster, I too felt unsupported and adrift because of lack of communication from that rescue group. (I don't foster for that group anymore, and actually I'm not sure if it still exists. It may well be a casualty of Small Rescue Drama.)

Anyway, yeah, early support is key. Just feeling like the rescue group is behind you and cares about what you're doing, and wants your photo updates and observations for Petfinder -- all that stuff is huge in the beginning.

It's funny to think about that now, because as I've gotten more experienced I have also gotten considerably more curmudgeonly and less appreciative of people trying to tell me how to do things. At this point I'll pay hundreds of dollars to do private pulls so I can have total control over the dog's training and socialization rather than subjecting myself to the occasional flakiness and ineptitude of other volunteers. But it wasn't always that way. In the beginning, I would have been hugely grateful for more support and guidance.
12-11-2013 01:53 AM
llombardo I am a new foster mom and this is is how it went. I filled out application, they had me come out Saturday(I chose to bring Midnite), they gave me food, the dog, and crate and I was on my way. I do kinda know someone involved in the rescue, so I'm not sure if all fosters are introduced the same way. On Monday I got an email to sign a waiver and a copy of the handbook. No one ever called to see how the dog is doing or how I'm doing for that matter. They haven't updated any info on him on their page, they have lots of dogs/cats now. I have no problem with the dog and he can stay as long as needed, but I feel a lack of support. I have no clue if he is suppose to be getting heartworm medicine, what adoption events if any I am suppose to go to,etc. I was told I can trim his nails and to contact them with any questions. I can see how someone that isn't familiar with dogs or fostering can be overwhelmed. They didn't even go over the waiver , it just states that basically they aren't monetary responsible for damage, injuries, or death...that is scary.
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