Fostering is providing temporary care for a dog or cat in need... Funds for Furry Friends is a registered charity run 100% by volunteers. We do not have a shelter building - all of our animals are cared for by foster families until they find a home. Foster homes are basically responsible for caring for a cat or dog until a forever home is found. When you foster, you are volunteering from the comfort of your own home, and doing the same things you would be doing with your own cat or dog - without the expenses. The rescue provides everything you'll need - from kennels and food, to bowls and toys - and of course vet care. It's up to you to provide the accommodations, exercise, guidance and affection for your foster. Fostering is a very rewarding. You have the opportunity to have a direct impact and see the effects of your volunteer work, as you are interacting one on one with your foster. You get to see changes, experience growth and be a part of something very real. There is something very satisfying about see a dog or cat off to their new home - knowing they are going to be safe and happy... And something even more wonderful in knowing you can open your home to another.
What is required to become a foster home with ffff?
Location - Our foster homes are responsible for taking their foster pets to vet appointments, and rescue is located in Brandon. We do need our foster homes within a reasonable distance from our "home base" in Brandon, and we also need foster homes that can access one of the nearby clinics - in Brandon, Virden, Souris, Boissevain, Melita and Neepawa. We prefer foster homes in south-western Manitoba area. There are a number of rescues in other major centers (such as Portage and Winnipeg) that need local foster homes. Environment - Because we do have animals coming into rescue that need vetting, we require ALL of the animals in our foster homes are spayed or neutered (unless they are show animals or have health reasons) and vaccinated up to date. Intent - When you sign up to foster, you are signing up to be part of an on-going process of animals coming in, and animals being adopted out. Contact and Communication - Our foster homes are required to keep us updated on new developments. We ask that any amendments to the descriptions are sent to us promptly and regularly. It is extremely important we are aware of any changes in the animals in our care, and that good communication is maintained with the organization. We need regular updates on your foster's progress, personality and - we need pictures too! Patience, Time and Perseverance - There are a variety of animals coming through rescue - some who need lots of work and some who need a little. If you are looking for the perfect dog or cat, fostering might not be for you. We rescue a large number of our animals from the pound and situations where we can not get a lot of background information. We do our very best to determine how a dog or cat will fit in with your living arrangements, but need you to understand that dogs or cats may behave differently in different environments. While we can test temperament and how the dogs will do with kids, other animals, etc. - we are not always sure of house manners, housebreaking and other such specifics until they get into a home environment. Our foster families help us test these things. Part of being a part of a fostering program, is helping us learn about the dogs and cats.
how are the dogs or cats matched to my home?
We do our best to select cats or dogs that meet your preferences. The application forms ask a number of questions which are designed to help us determine the age, size, training areas and other issues you are willing to work with. Please be as honest and as detailed as possible on your foster home application! We will always do our best to find the right foster for your home; however, please understand that a dog or cat may behave differently in different environments.
what if things don't work out?
We will move the dog or cat as soon as possible. Things don't always work. This happens for a variety of reasons - sometimes there are pet personality conflicts or unanticipated behaviors which show up after a dog or cat is in a foster home... Whatever the reason, there are times when dogs or cats just don't work in their foster home. We will remove an animal that is not working out as quickly as we can. Sometimes the foster family is willing to wait a few days for us to find another space - and when it is urgent, we do move the dog into boarding right away within kennel hours. (The kennel hours are 9:00am - 7:00pm).
i see a dog or cat on the website that i would like to foster..
Not every dog or cat needs a foster home… We receive may requests from people who would like to foster dogs or cats already in foster homes - we will not move a dog or cat to another foster home when it is already settled into one. Funds for Furry Friends is made up of a team of people who regularly care for our dogs and cats - and we like to get to know and trust our foster families. Please note that we have more than just the dogs and cats on the website listed as "foster home needed" looking for spots. We get requests and have waiting lists of dogs to come in all of the time, and always have several cats we want to tag at the pound waiting for places to open up. While we always prioritize moving those in overflow into foster homes first, we may suggest a dog waiting for a spot if none waiting are suitable.
what about holidays or if i want to go away?
No problem! We will provide boarding for your foster at one of the local boarding kennels at our expense if you need to go away. We only ask that ample notice is given (especially on long weekends) so we are able to arrange space. In some cases, we may arrange for a temp foster for your dog or cat while you are away.
what do i do when someone wants to meet my foster?
You can make arrangements with interested adopters. When a potential adopter expresses interest in adopting your foster, the rescue will conduct reference checks BEFORE giving out your contact information. Once checks are completed, your number will be given to them to call to make arrangements to meet your foster dog or cat. This visit is to help the adopter determine if your foster is the right fit for them! They will leave WITHOUT your foster and a final interview will be conducted by a volunteer of the rescue. No dog or cat may leave the foster home without authorization from the rescue. Please visit our Our Adoption Process to read more on our adoption process.
after i apply to foster, what happens next?
We can get you set up! We check to see if a suitable foster dog or cat is on the waiting list. If not, we will contact you when one becomes available. There is a constant need and the wait is not usually long. However, foster homes with stricter or more specific requirements do limit which animals we can place with them and may result in a longer wait time! We will contact you to tell you about a foster that needs a space. If you agree to foster the dog or cat, we can then get you set up with any necessary supplies, such as a kennel, food, etc. There may be a slight delay as we ensure the dog or cat is properly vetted before they arrive in your care.
how long is the average dog in foster care?
This question is a difficult one to answer. Most of our dogs are able to find homes in a reasonable amount of time. However, this can be very unpredictable. Some dogs are gone in a week or two, and some that stay in rescue several months. This depends on the dog and who is out there looking. It's impossible to judge and it really depends on what people are looking for at the time. We've had breeds we believed would be very popular in rescue longer than expected, and we've had common harder to place breeds go in days.
how long is the average cat in foster care?
This is a difficult question to answer. We have found cats to be longer term foster animals. There are high numbers of cats being euthanized at the local and surrounding area pounds - and the need for cat foster homes is great. However, the overflow of cats has a reciprocating effect - the need is high, the demand is low. Our cats do tend to be in foster for longer than our dogs, and anyone interested in signing on to foster cats and even kittens should be comfortable with a longer term foster. We will always do our best to promote the adoption of your foster cat.
Are you in need of foster homes?
Yes!!! We are always searching for foster homes - no matter how many people seem to sign on, our intake requests ALWAYS exceed the number of foster homes in our rescue. We usually have a few dogs in overflow... Cats are even more challenging because they can be longer term in rescue, and there are always, always cats at the pound. The number of cats and dogs we are able to save is directly related to the number of foster homes spaces we have available!
can i download the application to foster?
Yes! You can find the foster home applications and terms of agreements for both cats and dogs here. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 204-573-8333 to learn how you can get started!