only do foster homes have the joy of seeing their
foster dog or cat placed into a new forever home,
but also there is the additional joy of seeing the
happiness of the new family: many of these homes
need the pet as much as the pet needs them.
is Foster Care?
a foster home means sharing your home with a orphaned
pet: providing food, shelter, toys, walks and lots of
attention, until a permanent home for the pet is approved.
We count on our foster homes to evaluate temperament and
observe behaviors in a variety of situations, and we welcome
those updates so we can assess the pet and enhance the
description on the web site. Positive reinforcement training
is encouraged. Most foster care situations require 2 weeks
to months of residential foster care, and in some cases
where the pet is ill or older, several months.
Do You Need to Foster?
most important requirements are time and attention. You
must be willing to include the pet in family activities,
allow the pet to live as a house dog with much human companionship,
and provide some daily one-on-one time with your orphans,
including cuddles, play, and walks.
being from a previous home, some of dogs may not be completely
house trained. Crates are an invaluable piece of equipment
for rescue people. It is also a cozy den and a place of
refuge for most dogs. We will loan foster homes a crate
if necessary. Our dogs must be kept indoors except for
exercise and elimination. At no time are our dogs to be
confined in the yard while caretakers are away. Cats are
expected to be kept inside at all times.
homes can also be excellent foster homes for both dogs
and cats. For some dogs, providing several leash-walks
daily for the dog as well as adequate off-leash exercise
in a safe area when possible.
Pets and the Foster Pet
and Foster Pets
you have children, never introduce a new pet to
them without assistance. Never leave a dog and a
child unsupervised. Sometimes, even though we make
every attempt to uncover all available history on
each pet, we may not have the full truth about the
pet. For dogs, It is preferred that foster homes
have experience with dogs, and that children in
the foster family are over the age of 5 years. However;
we do realize many children even younger have a
special rapport with animals. We will work with
the family and pet on a case-by-case decision.
many dogs and cats, especially those used to their owners'
fostering, welcome the new pet. Please keep in mind that
there may be a period of adjustment for the first few
days up to 2 - 3 weeks depending on the rescued pet's
history and personality and the resident pet's willingness
to accept the "new member". As the foster becomes
more confident, your foster may change his behavior towards
resident pets, beginning to play and explore the pecking
order. As the resident dog accepts the foster, the bonding
becomes beneficial for both. We provide each foster family
detailed guidelines on how to introduce your foster into
Foster Pet's Vet Care
provides top notch veterinary care for our residents.
Every effort will be made to have each pet up-to-date,
treated for internal and external parasites, altered and
on flea/tick prevention before they enter a foster home.
However, some orphans can be just recently vaccinated
and still be in a "incubation" or "treatment"
period. Due to this all resident pets must be up to date
on vaccinations and for dogs, on heartworm preventative.
At this time, BlueMoon will not accept cats that
test positive to Feline
also recommends that all resident dogs be inoculated for
kennel cough (bordetella) along with their regular vaccinations.
Also, some dog owners mistakenly think heartworms are
directly contagious: they are not. Your
dog is protected if they are on heartworm preventative
during mosquito season. For more our heartworm visit the
Heartworm Society web site for the explanation of
heartworm disease and treatment. Finally, BlueMoon requires
that all resident pets in the foster home are neutered
or spayed. BlueMoon only supports professional breeding
of purebred dogs and cats. We believe the only reason
for breeding is to improve the breed's standard, therefore
there is no reason to keep mixed unaltered pets. If you
are a reputable breeder, we will make an exception on
a case by case situation The majority of the time our
orphans will all ready be altered or will be altered within
14 days; however in rare cases when our pets are very
ill, we need to wait to spay/neuter them until they are
To Do in a Medical Emergency
will try to place 'easy' pets in new foster homes and
will not place a seriously ill dog in a foster home until
the family has gained experience. But if you do feel you
have an emergency, and you cannot reach BlueMoon Coordinators,
you should take the injured or ill pet to the nearest
vet who can stabilize the animal until BlueMoon can authorize
further treatment. For dogs, this is particularly
necessary if your foster dog is going through Heartworm
treatment: any vomiting with listlessness must be reported
immediately, and the dog taken to a vet as quickly as
possible. BlueMoon Coordinators are the only persons who
make major medical decisions for program dogs. You don't
want that responsibility, and we have years of experience
in making those decisions with the clinics.
Expenses Are Handled
foster home is responsible for food, toys, and in-home
bathing and grooming. Most vetting expenses will all ready
be taken care of during you pet's stay. However, if an
emergency happens BlueMoon will reimburse you for approved
emergency veterinary care and medications (save all
your receipts). Also keep all your receipts,
essential items such as food for a BlueMoon orphan is
fully tax deductible
homes give our orphans the love and renewed trust they
need to move on to their new homes with confidence.
We appreciate the work our fosters do more than can
ever be satisfactorily expressed.
deeply appreciate your concern and your willingness
to become involved with foster care. If you think you
would like to do this important work in helping us save
and rehabilitate our precious orphans, please complete
our foster application. Thank you!
you have any questions regarding fostering please call
585-624-9328 or email Dee: firstname.lastname@example.org