PART I - APPLICANT INFORMATION
Foster Applicant First Name *
Foster Applicant Last Name *
Foster Co-Applicant First Name
Foster Co-Applicant Last Name
Street Address *
Home Phone *
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.)
Why foster for BROOD?
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.)
What do you like about bassets? What are their most interesting qualities?
3. Have you ever been a foster parent before? *
IF YES, - For whom did you foster?
- How many dogs did you foster?
- For how long?
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.)
What kinds of problems would you be willing to deal with? (be as specific as possible)
What kinds of problems would you NOT be willing to deal with? (be as specific as possible)
Is the applicant willing and able to take the dog out to socialize with other dogs, children and the like? * Yes No
5. If necessary would you be willing to take the dog to a trainer? (BROOD will pay for the classes) * Yes No
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.
Does the applicant appear willing and able to perform grooming tasks? * Yes No
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.
Does the applicant appear able to recognize the signs of serious health conditions? * Yes No
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.)
What are some ideas about evaluating dogs?
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.
Is the applicant capable of taking photos and videos and sending them via email or Dropbox?
* Yes No
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.
Does the applicant understand the paperwork requirements? * Yes No
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.
What is the best number to call? (home, work, cell) *
When is the best time to call? *
PART V - EVENT PARTICIPATION/TRAVEL
12. It is important that the applicant is willing to help transport their foster.
How far is the applicant willing to travel?
13. We often ask the foster to attend local events, mostly on the weekends.
Is the applicant willing to participate if asked? If no, why not? (e.g., works on weekends)
14. It is required that the foster dog participate in the Ramble, usually the second weekend in September.
Is the applicant willing to participate or ensure their foster dog gets to the Ramble? * Yes No
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?
Summarize overall impressions
Interviewers Name *
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