BROOD's Fostering Program
About Fostering for BROOD
BROOD is always in need of good foster homes. Many rescued bassets come to us starved, neglected, beaten or abused. No matter the physical health or appearance dogs are often emotionally distraught and confused by the loss of their former homes.
We strive to match hounds and families, so our dogs will not suffer the same emotional traumas in the future. This is why foster parenting plays a crucial role in rescue.
As a foster parent, you make a commitment to provide a temporary home while BROOD searches for an adoptive family. Fostering a dog in your home saves BROOD kenneling fees of $20 a day. BROOD will pay for all medical expenses, and most everything required to care for your foster. In return, BROOD asks you provide love, emotional support, and attention. You'll give us feedback about the dog so we can develop an online biography for adoptive families.
No other job in rescue is more rewarding than fostering. You will experience the transformation of a sad, lonely, despondent dog into a happy, healthy, loving pet. You will share the joy of knowing you played a crucial role in making it all possible as they leave for their new permanent home.
A gift of your time and effort by becoming a foster parent is just as important as making a donation and will provide these dogs with the love they need while waiting for their forever homes.
If you are interested in fostering or if you are currently fostering, there are several forms you will need:
- To become a foster home, you will need to complete a Fostering Application.
- In addition, you must read and understand what is expected of you in our Foster Care Expectations .
- Once you are approved as a foster home, you will need to complete and sign the Fostering Agreement (PDF file requires Adobe Reader).
- You must complete and regularly update a Foster Dog Report on your foster.
- The Foster Vet Check Form is to be submitted online or printed out and submitted with vet bills for foster dogs.
- The Foster Dog Photo Guide provides tips for getting good photos of your foster for the website.
- Help us get more Foster Homes! Print off or distribute this Fostering Brochure which has information on fostering for BROOD.
- What kind of facility is required? If you share your life with a basset now, chances are that your home is fine. A fenced yard, fresh water, and a shelter are the basics.
- How much notice will I have? You will usually have one to two weeks' notice when placing a dog in your home as a foster.
- What do you do when you can't find a foster home? If we have sufficient funds, we may be able to board the dog at a kennel until a home becomes available. If funds are low, we sometimes are unable to provide assistance. This is why foster homes are critical.
- What will I be responsible for? Providing a safe, loving environment, regular feeding and fresh water. We also rely on foster homes to provide a written evaluation of the dog's behavior and attitude, and to keep an eye out for problems, especially behavioral problems.
- What will BROOD be responsible for? BROOD will take care of all medical bills for the dog. BROOD will handle placement, although we welcome suggestions and help in this area.
- What if the foster dog doesn't work out in our family? We will take back the basset at your request. We won't make you feel guilty (promise).
- What if I foster a dog and love it so much I can't part with it? There are those dogs that just steal your heart from the beginning and you know they are meant to live with you forever. Because this happens frequently, BROOD's foster adoption policy allows the foster family first right of refusal. This means you will be able to adopt your foster if you let BROOD know before an adoptive family has set an appointment to visit your foster. You will be responsible for paying the adoption fee unless you have donated medical care expenses on your foster up to or exceeding the amount of the adoption fee. So if you feel you are going to be a Foster Failure, you must contact the and IMMEDIATELY and declare your desire to adopt your foster dog.
- How long will I keep a foster basset? This greatly depends on the "marketability" of the hound. Young dogs are usually adopted quickly, within a couple of weeks. Older dogs and those with medical or behavior problems take longer. We like to keep a hound for at least a week in order to evaluate its behavior. In the case of a dog whose history is known, the turnover time may be shorter.
- I can't foster right now, but I'd like to help. What can I do? Monetary contributions are welcome! Consider becoming a virtual foster for one of our kenneled dogs. You can also volunteer to pick dogs up or transport them, work at a foster table, and help with other rescue activities.
Go ahead! Apply to become a foster home or now!