How do I Foster a Rescue dog from SOS Romanian Rescues South West?
Fostering with a view to adoption is often a good way to get to know a dog before you decide to adopt. If you would like to foster one of these dogs you will need to complete an equiry form. Someone will then contact you to arrange a home check. We may ask you to make your garden safe or point out a few risks in and around your house. Once you have passed the home check we will have a signed agreement with you. In negotiations with the trustees of the group a foster dog will be assigned to you and collection will be arranged.
What does the Fostering agreement say?
It lets you know that the Charity may ask to visit you and the dog to check on its welfare. It says that we will provide a collar with tag and this will have the emergency contact details on. It asks you to keep in touch with us regularly and report any health or behavioural issues. Most importantly it makes it clear that the charity will support you whilst you Foster the dog and do everything it can to provide the dog with a forever home.
Whilst fostering where should my dog live?
SOS Romanian Rescues South West are clear that these dogs come to the UK to be pets they need to be inside living as part of the family with all the love and care that they need.
Who owns the dog whilst I am Fostering it?
SOS Romanian Rescues South West remain the legal owner of the dog.
What about walks and exercise?
All SOS Romanian Rescue Dogs need to have a harness for walking and leads need to be attached to this and not the collar (all our rescued dogs have had traumatic experiences with rigid dog grips around the neck.) When you foster the dog then you must always walk them on a lead; this is to keep the dog and other people safe; these dogs are easily frightened and are nervous of people. They can be socialised with other people and dogs as part of the rehabilitation process.
What about young Children?
It is clear that rescued dogs will not be fostered or adopted to homes with children under the age of 5; the only exception is for puppies under 6 months. If your dog comes into contact with young children whilst you are fostering them then they should not be left alone with the child. This is the best way to keep the dog and the child safe.