Underdog Animal Rescue, Inc.
Want to Become a Foster?
Underdog Animal Rescue houses many animals, but with everything space is limited. We fully believe in that our pets deserve to be in a family setting, so that is what we do. Our pets are not kenneled 24/7, they are with the family so they are better integrated with us and other pets. This is where you come in, we can take in more animals with the help of Foster Homes.
What do pet foster parents do?
Pet foster parents are very much like child foster parents. They care for a homeless pet as if he was their own until he is adopted. Shelter environments can be extremely stressful for dogs. It is much more comfortable for them to stay in a home environment. They are able to get more individualized care in someone's home. It also gives them better socialization skills, which makes them a more well-adjusted pet. Also, the foster parent is able to learn about the pet's personality, likes, and dislikes so that he can be better matched to the right fur-ever home. Most importantly, pet foster parents save lives!
If you join our foster program, we will match you with a suitable pet to foster. For example, if you have a female dog who does not get along with other females, we will only have you foster male dogs. If you work full time and cannot care for young puppies, we will only have you foster adults. You will then get to experience the joy of helping a homeless animal find a loving family of his own.
All Veterinary care is paid for by Underdog Animal Rescue. Any trip to the Vet must first be approved. You provide shelter, food, transportation to and from Vet appointments, training, and plenty of love!
How long will I keep a pet?
It's impossible to predict how long an animal will remain in foster care. Some pets are adopted within weeks of becoming available. Others wait years for a home. Underdog Animal Rescue does not euthanize an animal for taking too long to be adopted. Our animals stay with us for as long as it takes. If you cannot commit to this kind of unpredictable long-term care, you might wish to help in other ways. We expect our adopters to never give up on their pets, so we expect the same from our foster parents.
What if I get attached?
Getting attached to your foster pet is normal. After all, we do this because we love pets! The most common question we as foster parents are asked is how we can give them up. The answer is simple. It saves lives. It is hard to say goodbye to a pet we've fallen in love with, but the alternative is even sadder. We get the satisfaction of helping a previously lost and unwanted animal find a loving fur-ever home. That makes it all worth it. The trick is to get attached with velcro and not glue.
If you do decide that you can't give up an animal, that's OK, too. Foster parents can go through the adoption process and pay the adoption fee just like any other adopter. The important thing is to think about what is in the animal's best interest. Sometimes, even if we love them, the best thing for the pet is to let them go.
How do I become a pet foster parent?
If you feel you can help in any way and live in Ohio or Western Pennsylvania, please submit an application!! If you have specific questions about our foster program, please contact us. Even if the animal is not in the Needs Foster list, if you want to foster a certain pet, ask! We may or may not be able to accommodate a specific request, but we will certainly try! All foster homes are screened in the same way as adoptive homes. Once you submit your application, please notify your references that we will be calling them. Especially your veterinarian, due to new privacy laws you must consent for us to inquire about your previous records. We will contact you, once we approve your application.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Foster Parent!!