FOSTER FAQ

FAFQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED FOSTER QUESTIONS

Can I foster outside of Toronto?

We are a small rescue trying to make a big impact! Our resources limit us to GTA/Toronto. This means as far west as Durham Region,  as far north as Barrie, and as far east as Burlington. If you are outside of the Toronto area, we do expect that you have access to a car for transportation of the dogs to meet and greets, as many of our adopters are city dwellers with no car.

I have kids, can I foster?

We do not foster out dogs to homes with children under 12 years old, due to lack of history with our dogs. Check out our partner rescue Canine Haven who adopt out to homes with kids!

I have cats, can I foster?

This is on a case by case basis – the short answer is yes, but we mostly place small dogs in foster homes with cats.

I have two or more dogs, can I foster?

We will not foster out to homes that have more than two dogs, as the foster needs some one on one time, that you might not be able to give with four dogs in the home.

Are medical expenses covered?

All necessary medical expenses are covered by the rescue. All dogs receive deworming and flea/tick meds when they arrive in rescue. Heartworm preventative is given during warm months.

What if I get too attached to my foster?

We’ll be honest – fostering is a rewarding experience and you will get attached. Many people choose not to foster because they feel it’ll hurt their feelings to adopt the dog out. As a result, rescues are not able to help as many dogs and those dogs perish in shelters. You’re saving a life. Fostering a dog is a selfless act, and sure, it’s not for everyone, but to that one dog you foster, it means the world!

What else is covered by the rescue?

Some fosters opt to provide their own crate, food, bed and other items, while others request assistance. It’s dependent on the home but please ask your foster coordinator and explain what you would need in advance. We require 48 hours in order to accommodate requests!

I live in a small home/condo/apartment, can I still foster?

Absolutely. So long as you are able to provide the time and exercise required for your foster dog.

Do I need a backyard to foster a dog?

We prefer not, but if you have one it’s fine. Our dogs need to go for walks to bond with their foster home and get confident in their new home!

What is the average time of fostering?

With some special exceptions, we found that our dogs don’t stay in fosters longer than two to four weeks. This may vary depending on the time of year (I.e. Christmas is very slow for adoptions)

If you have any further questions please email fostersquad@redemptionpaws.org