Foster homes are the backbone of the rescue operation! Since MARS does not have any type of shelter facility, all of our dogs need caring, committed and qualified people to house them and help them take the next steps in their lives.
MARS needs foster parents who will open their hearts and homes to a rescued dog (or cat) and care for them until they are adopted. Your responsibility will be to feed, play with, exercise, love and provide social interaction and to keep him healthy and happy while a forever home is found.
Sounds fun, right? It is, but it’s not easy. Here is what you can expect as a foster parent:
You should be ready to provide the foster dog with daily walks on a leash for proper exercise and to help him/her get accustomed to leash walking. We don’t require that you have a fenced yard but do require that your foster dog is leashed and supervised at all times when taken outside.
Providing proper nutrition to your foster dog is a vital part to keeping him on a healthy and happy road to his new home! Regular feeding schedules and treats will teach him to trust and rely on you for food.
Basic commands like sit, stay and come should be practiced so that your foster dog learns, grows and matures into a great companion. We don't want your foster dog to be crated as a lifestyle, but feel free to break out the crate for your foster dog to be comfortable with a crated on the occasions it may need to be used.
As a foster parent, you are expected to handle routine healthcare for your foster dog like giving daily medications or taking him to veterinary appointments for check ups, vaccinations, to get microchipped or to be spayed or neutered.
MARS is here to help you succeed as a foster parent and we will provide you with a full list of volunteer and emergency contacts.
• KEEP IN TOUCH
We want to know how things are going! You are responsible for sending your foster dog’s Placement Coordinator frequent updates: your foster dog’s likes, dislikes, temperament and personality, quirks and idiosyncrasies, etc. You should also send photos of your foster dog eating, sleeping, playing with toys and being overall cute and well-adjusted (please no people or kids’ faces!). This information helps us make the right match for him when a potential adopter expresses interest.
Foster care can last anywhere from a week to a few months, there is no way to determine how long it will take for your foster dog to find a new home. Making the commitment to provide foster care should be taken very seriously.
While it's fun and personally rewarding, fostering is not without it's challenges. But you are part of a very important rescue network and other MARS volunteers are here to support you! These volunteers have provided foster care to more than a thousand rescue dogs and can tell you that each and every one of these dogs has deeply touched their lives - it's an amazing experience!
When you’re ready, fill out a Foster Application. A MARS representative will contact you, arrange for a meeting and discuss in more depth what you can expect when fostering. We’ll help you find the dog or cat that’ll be the best fit for you and you’ll soon begin your exciting new role as a foster parent.