What does fostering cost?
Nothing! We will provide foster homes with kennels and supplies as needed. We do ask foster families to provide food for their foster dog, but if we have food donations then we do distribute them to foster homes. If you are unable to provide food we are able to work with you. We cover all medical expenses including spay/ neuter surgeries, microchipping, vaccines, and any additional vet care needed.
What do you look for in a foster home?
We are looking for dedicated, positive and compassionate people that are willing to take in a dog in need. If there are other dogs in the home we require that they are up to date on vaccines, well socialized, and spayed/ neutered. We do prefer that all our dogs have a safe fenced in yard to play in. If you are in a rental property, apartment, or townhouse we do require the breed to be allowed on the property. This should be approved by the property management company, landlord, and HOA. We do require home checks on all potential foster homes.
What is my job as a foster parent?
Your job as a foster parent is to provide a safe and loving environment for your foster dog to grow. Some of our dogs come with some baggage and need to learn to love being a dog. It might include potty training, basic obedience training, kennel training, etc. On some occasions we do ask foster parents to take dogs through rescue approved and paid for training.
How long does the dog live with me?
We ask that all foster homes commit to keeping the dog until a forever home is found. This can be as quick as a week or as long as a year. We can never guarantee a dog will find a home quickly and we work hard to ensure that each dog is placed in the best home possible.
What do you do to find homes for the dogs?
We have adoption days at Petco in Queen Creek 1-2 times a month as well as other events across the valley. We do require that foster dogs be at all events so they can meet potential adopters. If you are unable to make an event then we will make arrangements with you so that your dog can be in attendance. All the dogs are listed on several adoption websites as well as our website and Facebook page. We require all adopters to complete an adoption application and we do home checks to ensure it is a good fit for the dog.
I can't foster! I will become too attached.
This is something that we hear frequently from our supporters. The best way to look at it is that you have a chance to save a dogs life! As soon as that dog finds its forever home you can open your home up to another dog in need. It really is a rewarding experience and the love the dogs show in return makes it all worth it.
I can't foster, but I still want to help!
If you can not foster we have many other opportunities for you to help. You can volunteer your time by attending events, visiting dogs in boarding, helping with transportation or collecting donations. If you don't have the time to volunteer you can always donate! We operate on public donations and wouldn't be able to continue on without the help of our supporters. You can donate money, food, toys, beds, puppy pads or other needed items. You can view our wishlist on Amazon by clicking on this link Ruff Road Rescue Wish List.
If you would like to foster please complete the application below
We are looking for more dog lovers to help with the day to day running of the rescue. We need people for everything from transporting dogs to performing home checks. We could use all the help we can get!
There are many ways to help:
The other most telling way that you volunteer your support is by the way in which you live your own life and how you raise your bully breed dog.