BROOD Foster House Visit Report

Please PRINT this form (use Print Form button at bottom) and TAKE IT WITH YOU with you when you visit the prospective foster. Then COMPLETE THIS FORM ONLINE within two days of performing the Foster House Visit. Provide as much information as you can.

Interviewer is to read bold faced questions and remarks to prospective foster parents. Remarks in red italics are guidelines for the interviewer to use in asking the questions and making the evaluation. Please take note of the general conditions of the home, especially fencing. Note applicant's interactions with other dogs in the household, other pets, children, and so forth. Find out how many people live in or regularly visit the home and their approximate ages. You can write down your observations at the end of this questionnaire.

PART I - APPLICANT INFORMATION

PART II - FOSTERING INTEREST AND EXPERIENCE

1. Being a foster is probably the most critical job is BROOD. It is very rewarding, but not always easy. Why are you interested in becoming a foster for BROOD? (We are particularly interested in the answer if the person does not currently own a dog, especially a basset hound.)

2. What do you like about bassets? What are their most interesting qualities? (We are looking to see if the foster understands and can bring up things like reluctance to obey, tendency to wander, etc.)

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PART III - WHAT'S INVOLVED IN FOSTERING

4. Sometimes a foster dog will be poorly socialized, un-housetrained, have medical issues, or have behavior problems. (Interviewer should probe specifically about housetraining, aggression, administering medications and so on. Should ask how the person would deal with each of these issues.)

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6. Basset hounds are pretty easy to groom, but they do tend to shed. Ask applicant if they know the basics of ear cleaning and if they are comfortable with cleaning and caring for basset ears. Nail trimming can be done by the vet or groomer if applicant is not familiar or comfortable with performing this function.

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7. Basset hounds are healthy dogs as a rule, but they are prone to a couple of serious conditions that require immediate emergency veterinary care. Two of these conditions are bloat and glaucoma. The foster care packet contains information regarding bloat and glaucoma. Ask the applicant if they have read and understand the signs of serious illness. We also know that many foods should not be given to dogs, like chocolate, onions, grapes/raisins, and macadamia nuts. Many human medications like cold medicine and Tylenol are also bad. In case your basset does ingest something bad, you would need to make a note of the substance and call your vet right away. Stress the need to contact the Foster Director ASAP for help.

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8. One of the most critical jobs of the foster family is to evaluate a dog to determine the type of home environment in which the foster would do best. Some ways to do this are to note how the dog behaves around children, adult males and cats or other animals, and whether the dog seems to enjoy a lot of activity or prefers a more sedate home. You should also note how well the dog responds to car travel. What other things can you think of that might be appropriate? Explain the importance of completing foster dog reports and other paperwork in a timely manner, and the critical role this information plays in matching the dog with its final adoptive home. (Summarize the applicant's response below.)

9. One of the best ways to "sell" a dog is to take appealing photos or short videos that we can put on the web page. Discuss the importance of getting good pictures and a short video of the dog. This is a requirement of fostering.

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10. It's also really important to fill out the necessary paperwork. We ask all fosters to complete a regular foster report online about their dog, and also to fill out a vet check form if veterinary work is needed. If your vet estimates the work will total over $200.00 you will need prior approval from the Foster Director or the Treasurer. However in an emergency, you would be expected to take the dog to the veterinarian first and notify BROOD afterwards.

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PART IV - COMMUNICATIONS

11. It is important that BROOD be able to communicate with you on a regular basis. What is the best way to contact you and when? Stress the importance of email communication. Be sure to explain the adoptions team only communicates by email and the need to check email on a daily basis. Also stress the importance of timely communication.

PART V - EVENT PARTICIPATION/TRAVEL

12. It is important that the applicant is willing to help transport their foster.

13. We often ask the foster to attend local events, mostly on the weekends.

14. It is required that the foster dog participate in the Ramble, usually the second weekend in September.

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PART VI - WRAPUP

Interviewer is to use the space below to record an overall impression of the suitability of the potential foster home, the people and their likely success as foster parents.

15. What is the general environment at the prospective foster home? Is there a fenced yard? Are there children, and if so, how old are they? Are there other dogs or pets, and are they likely to welcome strange dogs into their home territory? Are there other considerations that we should be aware of? Finally, what is your overall opinion of this household as a potential foster home for a basset hound?


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