Questions & Answers from Ohio Rescues:
Fostering is one of the single most important things you can do to save animals.
Why? Because most of our rescues in Ohio are foster based. Meaning they don’t have an actual facility so the animals they rescue need a place to go while they prepare for adoption.
There are no “set rules” in fostering, at least in regards to how long or how little their time with you will be. Depending on the situation and the rescue, it could be a weekend hold or the life of the dog.
Some rescues have a place for a dog / cat to go but need a week or so until it becomes available. Some like our own Cleveland based Sanctuary for Seniors might need you to foster for the “life” of the dog. So how fostering fits for you, depends on what you are able to commit to.
Depending on the rescue you might have varying degrees of how much you will be personally responsible for in regards to “out of pocket” expenses. Although, every rescue I interviewed here agreed all “vetting” should be paid for by the rescue.
Some will pay for everything, from toys, blankets, towels, food, crates, treats, training, leashes/collars. Some will provide the basics and ask that you provide any extras, such as toys / treat and sometimes food.
They also all agree you must be willing to do basic training with your foster to help them become more adoptable and be available to not only take them to events, but be able to transport them to the veterinarian.
Here are the following rescues we have asked to give us feedback on fostering:
Sanctuary for Seniors ( Dogs only ) Cleveland Ohio
Perfect Pet Adoption Center / PPAC ( Dogs Only ) Pickerington, Ohio
Mercy’s Door ( Dogs Only ) Greenwich, Ohio
Tails from the City-Cleveland ( Cats Only ) Cleveland Ohio
Central Ohio Dog Rescue League ( Dogs Only ) Hilliard, Ohio
Royalty Dog Rescue ( Dogs Only ) Dover, Ohio
All the rescues I interviewed state they pay for all vetting, the majority prefer using their own vets, unless of course it’s an emergency or the foster is out of the area. Most will provide food, but overwhelming majority state most fosters prefer to use their own food and often pay their own. All of them provide basics to start, such as leashes/collars, crates, blankets, cat litter and all vet care that can be done at that time.
Krissi of Mercy’s Door said while she insists all fosters be committed to train their dogs basics , she only allows training to be done by her preferred certified positive reinforcement trainers.
She says their motto is “When one door closes, our doors open
. With that motto being said; they do anything and everything they can to make their fosters & foster dogs successful to reach the goal of a forever home.
Deborah from Sanctuary for Seniors also provides food and all vetting and in return her fosters have to be very committed and in it for the long term. Their rescues are only seniors and often come with health issues.
“My fosters must be in it for the long haul, which could be the life of their foster, they often become “Forever fosters”
She also makes certain her fosters are able to be flexible with their schedules because seniors often require more visits to the vet.
Michelle from Tails from the City-Cleveland says
“Our philosophy is that our fosters are doing us a favor.”
So we are prepared to help them with whatever they need. Most prefer to buy their own food/toys etc., but we are prepared if they can’t and we don’t assume anything. Michelle says she often does the vet transport as well, unless they are able.
Perfect Pet Adoption also provides basics as needed and agree no fosters should ever have to pay for vet care. They want to ensure their fosters are thoroughly educated on proper feeding, training, and how to take preventative measures ( such as Heartworm meds and treatments for Fleas/Ticks to help possible, preventable health issues.
Leslie & Kara from PPAC said they both believe their extensive foster package, interview process and home visits ensure people know what they are expected and what they should expect before taking on a foster animal.
They also ask their fosters to attend at least 1-2 adoption events per a month to help network their fosters unless it’s something the foster animal is just not comfortable doing, then they depend on networking and fostering providing regular feedback and pictures of progress.
Cindy from Central Ohio Dog Rescue League provides everything they can, especially for those who take in their momma dogs and puppies. She says without us providing these things, people probably couldn’t’ afford to foster. We are a small rescue and we need our fosters to save lives.
CORDL’s motto is: Our goal is to adopt our rescue dogs into safe and loving homes where it will be treated as part of the family
Susie of Royalty Rescue, who is a relatively new rescue, provides start up supplies but asks that fosters pay for food, unless it’s a prescription diet. She agrees vetting should always be paid for by the rescue. They also cover the costs of special training and grooming needed. Their life’s blood is from fosters, since they also don’t have a facility, every dog needs a place to go until a forever home is found. They do everything they can to make that transition as easy as possible on everyone.
Royalty Rescue’s motto is: We are dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of dogs. We believe all dogs are royalty and deserve their own furever kingdom.
So Ohio as you can see, Fostering not only saves lives, really 2 lives, which is the one you foster and the one you made room for, you also have a lot of support from the rescues.
Most people want to have pets but simply can’t afford the all of the expenses, especially vetting. This is a wonderful way not only have the benefits of a furry companion in your life, but you are saving their lives (and over time many lives) you are also helping rescues save more.
I can’t think of a better situation for everyone, short of adopting one of them and giving them a forever home yourself.
So if after reading all of this you are interested in becoming a foster, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can locate a rescue in your area. You can also contact any of the rescues who were kind enough to give us a minute of their precious time to help answer fostering questions in our community.
Rescue Me Ohio hopes to see our inbox full of interested fosters!