Have questions about our program? Want to know more before you apply? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below for more information!
What is fostering and how does it work?
Fostering is providing temporary care for a dog 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 responsible for caring for the animal 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 pet - 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 foster 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. 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 to be spayed or neutered (unless they are show animals or have health reasons) and are 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 pet, 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 an animal will fit in with your living arrangements, but need you to understand that they may behave differently in different environments. While we can test temperament and how the animal 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 them.
how are the animals matched to my home?
We do our best to select animals 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 an animal may behave differently in different environments.
what if things don't work out?
We will move the animal 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 an animal is in a foster home... Whatever the reason, there are times when they 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).
WHAT IF I NEED EXTRA ASSISTANCE WITH MY FOSTER?
We will provide as much support as we can… Some foster dogs may require some extra attention or support. Our Foster Home Coordinators are available to help with any questions or concerns you may have. They have had a lot of experience with the foster process, and with several types of dogs. If there is more support needed, we will reach out to our Certified Training volunteer for more information. We want to provide a successful and enjoyable experience for our dogs and our foster homes!
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 foster while you are away.
what do i do when someone wants to meet my foster?
Interested adopters should be pointed to our website for information. When a potential adopter expresses interest in adopting your foster, they must apply, then 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. 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 after the meeting. No animal 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! Once your application is approved, we check to see if a suitable animal is on the waiting list. If not, we will post when a foster home is needed on our Volunteer Facebook page. 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! Sometimes, we will contact you directly to tell you about a foster that needs a space. If you agree to foster the dog, 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 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.
What do i do if i want to adopt my foster?
Foster fails have been known to happy! At times, our foster homes have developed such a bond with their foster dog, that they end up adopting. The process to adopt your foster works the same way as an outside adopter. Please notify your foster coordinator as soon as possible if you are considering adoption. Although we understand this happens, we do hope and encourage our foster homes that adopt to remain on the list to be able to keep their homes open for another dog in need!
Are you in need of foster homes?
Yes!!! We are always searching for foster homes - no matter how many people seem to sign on, often our intake requests exceed the number of foster homes in our rescue. We are ALWAYS in need of foster homes especially for larger breed dogs, and younger aged dogs. The number of animals we are able to save is directly related to the number of foster homes spaces we have available! To apply visit our Foster Home Application page!
If you have more questions or concerns about the Foster Home Program, please contact us at email@example.com