Foster Dog FAQs
Fostering can be a very rewarding experience, and deciding to become a foster parent to one of our rescue dogs helps them get one step closer to their forever home, and it’s an essential part of the process that allows dogs to decompress after a long flight and become familiar with living in a home with other people and pets. Fostering also opens up space at the sanctuary for another dog to be rescued.
It is important for our foundation to clearly provide our expectations for SKD foster parents and what their responsibilities are. There are many things to consider before committing to fostering one of our dogs.
If you think you are qualified to be a foster home, please fill out an adoption application and under the “Dog Name” section of the application fill in “Foster.” You may also request a specific dog and/or dogs to foster. For example: Foster Paula, Pine, or Misty OR Foster Paula and Misty. https://savekoreandogs.org/application-form/
Q. What are my initial expenses for my foster dog?
Your initial expense will be in the preparation for the dog’s arrival into your home. The standard of care should be above standard. Good quality food, martingale collar and harness, sturdy leash, GPS tracking device, beds, toys, training treats, pee pads, bowls, brushes, cleaning and bathing supplies.
It is very important to be prepared for your dog’s safety and comfort by following our New Home Checklist and Lost Dog Prevention guidelines.
Note: SKD initially pays the flight cost for the dog in advance. (We often have flight sponsors who cover the flight costs so the adopter doesn’t have to).
Adoption fees range from $200 to $400 to offset the cost of spay/neuter (if old enough), vaccines and certificates, flight crate/carrier/supplies, transport to the airport.
The adopter pays the adoption fee and flight cost later when your foster dog is adopted. And the adopter will pay SKD directly through our paypal link: https://savekoreandogs.org/donate-adoption-fee-flight-costs/
Note: Whenever possible we will coordinate foster homes with flight volunteers flying into the closest airport to your city. Puppies/small dogs that fly in the cabin with the flight volunteer cost around $300. Larger dogs will fly in the climate controlled area of cargo hold, and the cost varies based on size and weight. Also, from time to time we may have to fly the dogs freight, which is more expensive. The freight fees vary based on the size and weight of the dog as well as the airline and destination city.
Q. As a foster do I assume ownership of the dog?
No, individual fosters do not have ownership rights of SKD dogs. If you want to adopt the dog you will pay the adoption and flight fees like any other adopter. SKD has the right to take the dog back at any time.
Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Please contact our Director of Adoptions and Foster Homes, Jessica Gilroy, at email@example.com. She will help you with any questions you may have.
Q. What will I need to provide for my foster dog financially?
As a non-profit organization, SKD depends on the generosity of our volunteers, fosters, and donors to save these dogs. Fostering is not necessarily expensive but we do have to rely on fosters to purchase things such as: Good quality food, martingale collar and harness, sturdy leash, GPS tracking device, beds, toys, training treats, pee pads, bowls, brushes, cleaning and bathing supplies. Most importantly, our dogs need to be provided lots of love and attention, patience and stability.
Q. How much time does my foster dog need?
- ~ Many of our dogs are timid and shy, these dogs need time to adjust to their new surroundings. It is important to spend quality time with our dog every day to build trust and develop routines that allow them to feel safe and comfortable in a home.
~ It is also important that all foster homes update their dog(s) progress on our Facebook Success Stories. We have a network of adopters, supporters, and volunteers on our Success Page that follow our rescues and provide feedback when others need advice.
~ Dogs need to be walked daily, especially in apartment living. If you work 10 hours a day, it would be difficult to meet an indoor dog’s needs. Puppies will require a lot of work-walks every several hours, potty training, behavioral training, etc. ***Always remember to have your dogs ID tag, collar and harness double leashed, on every walk. The dog should experience their first few walks in a secure area to allow them an adjustment period on a leash and outside.
Q. How long will I be expected to foster my dog?
Fostering by definition is temporary. However, it does not have a time limit. It is a serious commitment and should be viewed as such. Stability at this point is very important to the dog’s well-being and its ability to adjust when a furever family is found. Generally, puppies find homes quicker than older dogs or those with special needs. Some dogs may be in a foster home for weeks and others may take months. We cannot guarantee how long it will take to find a furever home. On average it takes about 3 – 4 months.
Q. Who pays for my foster dog’s medical bills?
~ You will need to be able to pay for vet care. Upon rescue all dogs are tested for diseases such as Parvo, Distemper and Heartworm, and they are treated for known diseases. Due to their past environment and living conditions on the dog meat farms prior to their rescue, some foster dogs may develop unknown health issues or behavioral issues and you will need to be able to pay for veterinary care and/or training. Save Korean Dogs may assist the foster homes with medical expenses under certain circumstances. We try to support you in any way we can in emergency situations. Foster homes may be allowed to organize a fundraiser to help assist with medical bills if needed.
Q. What should I do if there is a medical emergency?
- It is important to contact Save Korean Dogs immediately in any medical emergency to discuss a plan of action and support.
*To all fosters and adopters, these dogs must NOT be euthanized under any circumstance, unless something should happen that would make it absolutely medically necessary (i.e. life threatening injury or illness).*
Q. Will I be responsible for finding my foster dog a new home?
Save Korean Dogs has over 60K followers and has sent over 3,000 dogs to the US alone (as of July 2019). We have a network that helps fosters find forever homes for our dogs.
~However, you know your foster dog best and it is important for the foster parents to participate in finding a suitable home. It is best to find an adopter near the foster’s home, which means less traveling for the dogs. We’d like to see regular posts on our Success Stories page with photos and video referring to your dog as “Foster Name” (i.e. Foster DanDan) and promoting the dogs traits and progress. This process can also involve making posters and seeking out potential adopters, going to local adoption events, putting up flyers at local community centers and dog parks. If you find a family interested in your foster dog, we ask that you have the potential adopter fill out an adoption application. And we may ask you to do a home check as part of the application process.
Q. My foster dog is meeting a potential adopter. If they want to adopt, can I let them take the dog home?
No. All adopters are required to complete an application with SKD, have a home visit, and pay an adoption fee before taking their new family member home. Our adoption coordinator will advise you when your foster dog can go home with an adopter. https://savekoreandogs.org/application-form/
Q. Can I keep the adoption fee if I find my foster dog a home?
- No. Once our adoption coordinator receives the adoption application for your foster dog, the reviewing process begins. If the applicant is approved, you will be notified and the adopting family will be asked to pay the adoption fee directly to Save Korean Dogs.
Q. Can I adopt my foster dog if I chose?
~ Yes. Many of our foster families decide to adopt their foster dog after the bond and time together. We at Save Korean Dogs call this not a foster fail but a foster “success.” If you decide to adopt your foster dog, please contact Jessica Gilroy, Director of Adoptions and Foster Homes at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can update our records for your new furever pup. We would also ask for you to pay the adoption fee at this time.
Q. I received paperwork when I picked up my foster dog. What do I do with the paperwork now?
~This paperwork is VERY important. It becomes part of your foster dog’s permanent record and allows us to get your foster dog listed on the website, scheduled for vetting, and entered into our system. Please scan in any paperwork you receive from vet visits, etc and email to email@example.com
Q. What happens if I can no longer care for my foster dog?
~ If at anytime you are unable to care for your foster dog, please contact Jessica Gilroy, Director of Adoptions and Foster Homes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Save Korean Dogs will begin looking for a new placement immediately, however, this may take some time and we ask for your patience and cooperation while we locate a new foster.
Q. Can I change my foster dog’s name?
~ No. We ask that you do not change the name of your foster dog. We have record keeping, and changing a foster dog’s name causes potential inaccuracies in our records.
If you think you are qualified to be our foster home, please send in your application under the dog name filling in “Foster” https://savekoreandogs.org/application-form/
REMEMBER: Your fostering work furthers the mission of the Save Korean Dogs USA Foundation, Inc. and your unreimbursed expenses related to a foster dog in your home in the US are tax-deductible as a form of Charitable Cash Donation.
Deductible expenses include:
- Pet Food
- Veterinary bills
You can also deduct out-of-pocket expenses while volunteering for a non-profit dog shelter or rescue. For example, if you use your car to deliver supplies, or pick up dogs at the airport and deliver them to a foster or adopter, you can claim unreimbursed parking fees, tolls, and gas (or deduct a flat mileage rate). If you donate property, such as dog food or crates, you can deduct the fair market value of those items.
Make sure you save all of your receipts, cancelled checks, or other records that document your donations and purchases.
The following expenses are NOT tax deductible:
- Adoption fees or adoption donation you make to adopt a dog.
- The value of the time you spend volunteering at a dog shelter or rescue.
- The value of donating space in your home to rescue or foster dogs.
On behalf of SAVE KOREAN DOGS and our rescued dogs around the world, we thank you.
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